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An employee may have several options after suffering an injury in an oilfield accident. On top of any workers’ compensation claim, they may be entitled to pursue third-party lawsuits against equipment manufacturers, contractors, and other entities that contributed to the accident.

The Law Giant stands ready to answer questions and fight for what workers deserve under Texas law. Contact us for a free consultation with a Texas oilfield accident lawyer to discuss your injury and the options you can pursue for compensation.

Texas Oilfield Injury Statistics

Texas oilfields produce more serious incidents than any other industry except construction. In 2022, 41 oil and gas workers died and hundreds more were injured in on-the-job accidents. The fatal and nonfatal injuries collected in these reports included both oilfield and oil rig accidents.

These accidents entitle workers to some form of compensation. Oil workers may claim workers’ compensation benefits and, in some cases, pursue third-party claims against negligent parties that contributed to the accident.

When you meet with an oilfield accident lawyer from The Law Giant, we will analyze your case and identify any valid claims you might have. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Common Oilfield Accidents

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following accidents are common causes of oilfield injuries:

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Transportation incidents involving large trucks caused more oil and gas deaths than any other cause in the BLS report. These accidents might occur when transporting equipment on the oil company’s premises. They can also happen when traveling from one site to another over public roads and highways.

Falls

Falls include both same-level falls and elevated falls. Elevated falls happen when someone falls from one level to another level. A fall from an oil derrick or scaffolding would qualify as an elevated fall. Same-level falls occur when a worker slips or trips and falls on the same level, such as a fall on a slick walkway.

Impacts With Objects and Equipment

Impacts with objects and equipment can happen in a few ways. First, something can fall on a worker. For example, a crane could drop its load on top of you. Second, something can swing or roll into the worker — a pipe could fall from a stack and roll over you. Finally, this category of accidents includes pedestrian strikes from vehicles in an oilfield.

Fires and Explosions

Oil and gas extraction involves the use of explosives to crack bedrock in some situations. The blast wave or debris thrown by the blasting can cause injuries.

Additionally, oil and gas are naturally flammable. Other chemicals used on jobsites can also catch fire, causing severe internal or external burns.

Exposure to Hazardous Substances

Caustic chemicals can produce chemical burns. Toxic fumes and vapors can also cause lung damage, particularly if personal protective equipment is unavailable or defective. Some chemicals can even cause cancer or terminal illnesses over years of exposure.

What Causes Oilfield Accidents?

Oilfield accidents have many causes:

Careless Drivers

Careless driving can lead to motor vehicle collisions. You can suffer broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and whiplash in a work-related car accident.

Defective Equipment

Defective equipment can malfunction. Extraction equipment, vehicles, and even safety devices with design, manufacturing, or warning defects can injure you.

OSHA Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates workplace safety. When employers or contractors fail to follow OSHA regulations, workers can get injured.

Compensation Available in Texas Oilfield Accidents

After you are injured, your employer’s workers’ compensation policy should pay for all medical costs and a portion of your income. However, workers’ comp does not cover 100% of your wages. It may also fail to fully compensate you for future losses from long-term or permanent disabilities.

When you pursue a third-party claim against a negligent business or individual other than your employer, you can seek to recover your total financial losses, including the portion of lost wages not covered by workers’ compensation. You can also get compensated for your non-economic losses, such as:

  • Pain
  • Anguish
  • Disability
  • Dismemberment
  • Disfigurement

After a fatal injury, family members may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against any third party that caused the death. Cases involving fatalities on the oilfield may result in significant compensation because the losses are calculated over the deceased family member’s remaining lifetime.

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How Our Attorneys Can Help After an Oilfield Accident in Texas

When you hire The Law Giant, our attorneys leap into action, providing the following legal services:

Investigate Your Accident

We will gather your medical records and evidence from the accident scene. We may interview witnesses and review photos and videos showing what happened. All this evidence will help us prepare and file your insurance claim.

Negotiate With Insurers

The insurance company will assign your case to an adjuster. We will respond to any denials and negotiate with the adjuster to settle the claim.

Litigate Against Third Parties

If the insurer refuses to settle, we file lawsuits against any at-fault parties. Your case may still settle since insurers do not like paying to litigate cases they will lose. If we cannot settle before trial, we present your case to a judge or jury and advocate for a fair award.

What Should You Do After an Oilfield Accident

The steps you take after an accident could determine when you sign your settlement and how much you recover. Consider taking the following steps to preserve your legal rights:

  • Notify your employer of the accident
  • Document the accident scene
  • Note the names of any witnesses
  • Call for EMTs or an ambulance, if necessary
  • Promptly seek appropriate medical attention

Having a medical evaluation is critically important. Insurers may deny your claim by accusing you of faking or exaggerating your injuries. By obtaining a diagnosis and treatment plan, you will have objective medical records to prove your injuries.

Oilfield Accident FAQs

Here are answers to questions people ask about oil and gas extraction injury claims:

How Do I Get Compensation After an Oilfield Injury?

Most oilfield workers are covered by worker’s compensation policies. But workers’ comp benefits do not cover all of your losses. To get compensated for your oilfield injury caused by a third party’s negligence, you may need to determine who is at fault for the accident and hire an oilfield accident lawyer to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against them.

What Is the Most Common Injury in an Oil Field?

According to the BLS, collisions with motor vehicles or objects are the most common cause of injuries. The impact of a collision on a worker’s body can break bones and tear soft tissues. If the crash force is great enough, the worker may even experience crushing injuries.

What Is the Compensation for an Oilfield Injury?

Your Texas oilfield injury lawyers can pursue compensation for medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. To recover compensation, you must usually prove the third party caused your injury by supplying a defective product or acting negligently.

How Often Are Oilfield Workers Injured?

Oilfield workers suffer the second-greatest number of injuries in Texas after construction workers. Dozens of Texas oilfield workers die every year, and hundreds suffer nonfatal injuries.