Oilfield Accident Attorney
Oil and gas drilling, refining and production are some of the biggest industries in Texas. Energy and drilling companies employ tens of thousands of workers both on-shore and off-shore; however, working in the petrochemical industry presents high risks of personal injury and even death for the men and women actually doing the work., Some of the most severe and tragic workplace catastrophes occurred in the oil industry such as the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the aftermath of the BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. Oilfield workers face the risks of equipment failures, fires, and even explosions on a daily basis.
Whether due to a manufacturing defect, negligence of other contractors working on-site, or overlooked safety concerns at the management level, when an accident happens in the oilfield, injured employees have the right to seek recovery for their damages. Gilbert Adams Law Offices and our oilfield accident legal team are here to help.
Types of Oilfield Injuries
There are a variety of unsafe working conditions that can lead to serious injury or worse for oilfield workers. A few of the more common incidents that occur in the oilfield include:
- Explosions and fires. Oil and gas drilling, refining and transportation involve the presence of hazardous and flammable vapors, gases, and chemicals. Onshore and offshore drilling rigs are primed to ignite due to electrical malfunctions, hot surfaces, friction heat, sparks generated by cutting or welding tools, open flames, or even cigarettes. Explosions may also occur when high-pressure lines leak or burst. Oil rig explosions are catastrophes that often lead to many workers being seriously injured or killed.
- Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death among oil and gas workers. Collisions occur while operating company vehicles, including trucks or cranes, while transporting workers and hydrocarbons, equipment, and materials to and from worksites.
- Oil rigs can be massive, and workers are often required to operate from elevated surfaces to perform various tasks connected to oil drilling. Workers may fall due to inclement weather conditions, inadequate safety rails or harnesses, inadequate training or supervision, or any number of other safety-related problems. Moreover, oil drilling involves the presence of many stray chemicals laying about and working on surfaces in or near oceans, often creating slippery surfaces leading to slip-and-fall accidents.
- Being struck, caught, or crushed by equipment. Work in the oilfield involves heavy machinery. Equipment such as pipes, cables, cranes, and forklifts can strike or fall on oilfield workers, they can be caught in between pieces of equipment, and any number of other manufacturing injuries can occur while operating machinery in the oilfield.
Oilfield Injuries cause life-changing injuries and billions in damages every year
Accidents on oil rigs can lead to a variety of serious injuries and illnesses. At Gilbert Adams Law Offices, we will fight on your behalf to recover damages resulting from any workplace injury, including the following:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma and brain injuries
- Muscle sprains, tears, and overuse injuries
- Spinal, neck, and back injuries
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Bruises, abrasions, and cuts
- Wrongful death
Investigating Oilfield Accidents
After an explosion or other injury occurring in the oilfield, it can be difficult to assess fault. Often management scrambles to avoid admitting fault following an incident because admitting fault hurts their reputation and their bottom line. If an oilfield company or its contractor violates safety regulations or fails to provide workers with a safe working environment, we will not back down until you and your family are adequately compensated for your injuries.
At Gilbert Adams Law Offices, we are prepared to take the oil companies to task for any injury that occurs on one of their worksites. We will fight to make sure that you and your family are compensated for your injury, that your medical bills are covered, and that any negligent parties are held responsible. We are skilled in using all applicable laws to the advantage of our clients, be they federal, Texas state, or maritime law, workers’ compensation, or industry-specific safety regulations. We know how to interpret and apply the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and other esoteric maritime laws to support our clients’ claims, and we will use our knowledge and experience to maximize your recovery after an oil rig injury.
Contact Beaumont Injury Attorney Gilbert Adams for Help with an Oilfield Accident Claim in Texas
If you’ve been hurt in a Texas oil rig accident, contact the seasoned and effective Beaumont oilfield injury lawyers at the Gilbert Adams Law Offices for a free consultation at 409-835-3000.