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Texas is the number one U.S. producer of crude oil and natural gas. Being number one in oil and gas opens the door to thousands of jobs and increases the potential for injuries or death.

If you or a loved one works in the Dallas area oil and gas industry, being hurt or killed on the job is a real risk. If that happens, you (or your family) may need the services of the Anderson Injury Lawyers to recover the necessary financial compensation.

Free, no-obligation consultations are available by calling (214) 327-8000 or reach out through our online contact form.

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The Dangers of Working on Oilfields

Jobs in oil and gas are notoriously strenuous, performed in extreme conditions, and feature long hours. According to a Center for Disease Control study spanning ten years, the fatality rate for oil and gas workers was seven times higher than any other industry.

In 2017 alone, 69 fatalities were reported in the U.S. oil and gas industry. More than half (44) occurred in Texas. Thousands more oil and gas employees were injured, some very seriously.

Oil & Gas Accidents and Injuries

While there is no list of every possible injury in the oil and gas business, there are some that are prevalent.

Types of Oil & Gas Accidents

The following accidents you might experience include:

  • Oil and Gas Explosions: Whether during drilling or refining, the risk of explosion is high due to the products' flammability and process. Such accidents are among the most serious and often deadly.
  • Falls: Workers in this industry often are at great heights. A misstep or faulty equipment could lead to harm.
  • Transportation Accidents: There are many coming and going at oil and gas worksites. The more transportation used, the more likely a vehicle-related accident is.
  • Failure to Shut Down: Because of the inherent dangers of oil and gas, there are protocols to “shut down” when there is equipment failure. If these procedures are not followed, injury-causing accidents can occur.
  • Exposure to Chemicals: Lack of protective gear or equipment failure could lead to exposure to caustic chemicals resulting in injuries.
  • Moving and Falling Objects: Massive machines, huge drilling platforms, and complex refinery operations increase the risk of being struck by equipment, hit by a falling object, or caught in machinery.
  • Negligent Hiring/Training/Supervision: If there are personnel who put others in danger or cause accidents, those responsible for them being on the job site may be liable for injuries they cause.

Examples of Oil & Gas Injuries

The accidents cited above could result in all manner of injuries:

  • Head (traumatic brain injury (TBI) to fractures and lacerations)
  • Broken Bones
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Back Injuries (breaks, herniated discs, soft tissue)
  • Spinal Cord
  • Nerve Damage
  • Amputations
  • Eye Injuries and Hearing Loss
  • Burns

Fatal Oil & Gas Accidents

Most serious of all, your loved one may have died doing a job in the oil and gas industry. If that is your situation, we are so sorry for your loss. Please contact us so we can help you with your legal options. It may be that a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate.

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    Who is Liable for Your Injuries?

    Naturally, when hurt on the job, your employer may be liable for your injuries. As discussed, workers’ compensation could be the way you will be made whole for your damages. But a third-party personal injury suit could be an option as well.

    Parties that could be liable:

    • Employers (where WC unavailable)
    • Other Contractors on site
    • Equipment Manufacturers: you could fall because of defective scaffolding
    • Maintenance Providers: a loose stair railing or a slick floor could lead to injury
    • Vendors/Service Providers: material providers might negligently stack goods that fall, causing injury
    • Motorists/Employer of Motorist: a driver could be reckless and run through a work zone, hitting you. If that driver was working and within the scope of his duties, the employer could be liable for his actions.

    Oil & Gas Injury Compensation

    Ultimately, what the Anderson Injury Lawyers want to do for you is obtain all the compensation for the damages that you deserve. You are entitled to:

    • Medical bills: This includes current and any in the future that are a result of the injury
    • Lost wages
    • Physical and mental pain and suffering
    • Disfigurement: being disfigured, including amputations, receives additional compensation
    • Physical limitations
    • Reduced earning potential: if you’re disabled and unable to return to your regular job, the damages award will be increased
    • Loss of normal life

    Workers’ Comp in the Oil & Gas Industry

    If you’ve been in the workforce, you likely already know there is a state-run system called workers’ compensation that serves as an insurance company for on-the-job injuries. Employers pay “premiums” – the amount based on the risk of the industry and the company’s “experience,” basically its safety record.

    When an employee is hurt, workers’ compensation is there to provide money for lost wages and medical expenses. Employees make a trade-off for swift compensation rather than suing an employer for personal injury.

    You May Not Be Covered Under Workers’ Comp

    Accidents in the oil and gas industry may be subject to workers’ compensation if the employer provides benefits under the system and your injury is covered by it.

    Workers hurt on the job might find that workers’ comp does not cover the employer, or the injury was caused by something or someone outside of the employer, such as a defective product or a negligent vendor. If that is the situation, our firm's experienced oil and gas injury lawyers can determine if you have a personal injury claim.

    What to Do After an Injury Occurs

    It is vitally important that you do (or don’t do) certain things after an oil & gas accident. When the injury is serious, some of these won’t be applicable. But it is important to remember these tips once you are well enough to function and communicate.

    • Seek medical care immediately: Don’t try to “tough it out.” Oil and gas workers are tough but ignoring injuries is a mistake. This leads to more significant harm and a longer recovery
    • Tell your employer: This is required to receive workers’ comp benefits. It’s also essential for personal injury claims to document the incident.
    • Don’t Provide a Statement: Your employer and any insurer involved will request a formal statement. Seek counsel first to protect your rights.
    • Don’t Sign Anything: Never sign documents without talking to an attorney. Insurers make lowball offers and push you to settle before you know the extent of your recovery.
    • Call Us: Our Dallas lawyers will help navigate the complexities of a workplace accident claim. Anderson Injury Lawyers works on a no-win, no-fee basis.

    Contact Us After an Oil & Gas Injury

    We understand your concerns. You need to rehabilitate your injury and return to work, and the bills may be piling up. The workers’ compensation system might not be available for some reason, and now you’re faced with uncertainty about how to proceed.

    Anderson Injury Lawyers can help figure it out. Our oil and gas injury attorneys have decades of experience making those responsible pay. Before you think of settling an oil and gas injury matter, call us.

    To set up your free, no-risk consultation, contact us at (214) 327-8000 or use our online contact form.

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    If you suffered harm in an accident or any incident caused by negligence, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. We offer individualized attention, over 25 years of experience, and everything you need to get everything you deserve.

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