Oil Field Accident Attorneys in Fort Worth, TX

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Every year in Texas, too many workers in the oil and gas field are seriously injured or killed in work-related accidents. In 2017, Texas the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries had an accident incident rate of nine percent, according to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. This means that for every 100 full-time workers, about nine suffered an injury on the job. If you work in the oil and gas industry in Texas and suffered an accident at work, we recommend calling our oil field accident lawyers at Anderson Injury Lawyers.

With decades of experience and millions of dollars recovered for victims just like you, our Fort Worth personal injury lawyers are here to investigate the incident, determine what happened, and pursue the compensation you deserve. We also are here to help your family if your parent, spouse, or child were killed in an oilfield accident. To discuss your situation and learn about your legal options, do not hesitate to call us at 817-294-1900 or complete our online form to set up a free, no-risk consultation.

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Texas Oil Fields: An Overview

Texas produces a significant portion of U.S. oil from legacy fields and newly discovered shale plays and formations. The state produces several million barrels of oil per day. To put this into perspective, only Saudi Arabia can compete with that level of production. Most of Texas oil comes from the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford shale. The Permian Basin produces close to 2.3 million barrels of oil per day. The Eagle Ford shale was discovered in 2008, and since then, it has produced more than 3 billion barrels.

While Texas oil and natural gas production is a boon for the economy, it comes with numerous downsides - namely, it takes a lot of workers to keep production moving along. These workers, which may include yourself or a family member, face risks every day from the surrounding environment, weather, equipment, and transportation. All of these factors make the industry susceptible to oil-related accidents, work injuries, and tragic fatalities.

There is zero risk because we work on a no win, no fee basis. If we don’t win you fair compensation, you owe us nothing. We offer free, no obligation consultations.

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What Our Oil Field Accident Attorneys Can Do For You

  • Always Free Consultations for Your Case

    During your free consultation, will listen to your story and gather the facts about your situation. Then, we will help you get the medical treatment you need. We will build a case against the person or company who caused your injuries and start our battle to win the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

  • No Upfront Legal Fees

    When you work with Anderson Injury Lawyers, you pay nothing upfront. We work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay anything until we win your case for you.

  • Doctors You Can Trust

    You may be unsure of where to go and who to trust after an oil field accident. We know doctors who frequently treat patients who have experienced severe injuries in devastating accidents. They can give you the care you need while deferring payments until we win your case.

  • Investigate Your Oil File Accident

    The evidence can disappear quickly in an oil field accident, so it’s important to gather it as soon as possible. We will want to speak with people on the scene, take pictures, and discuss the situation with experts. We can get this started while you are still recovering from your injuries. Your case investigation is a priority to us.

  • Fight the Insurance Company

    Whether you have to deal with the insurance company of your employer or another company, they will likely have a team of attorneys on their side. They may try to delay or deny your claim, even placing blame on you. We know how to fight back against their tactics with our own proven strategies. We know Texas law, and we will negotiate with the insurance companies. If they refuse to negotiate, we will take them to trial.

  • Compensation You Deserve

    We know how much is at stake after your oil field accident. You may be worried about your physical health, your job, mental wellbeing, and financial situation. We have fought tirelessly for every client, and we will for you too. Let us worry about the legal issues while you recover.

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Common Types of Oilfield Accidents

Some of the most common oilfield accidents Anderson Injury Lawyers have addressed include:

  • Transportation Accidents: Workers have to get to and from work sites, equipment needs to be brought in and taken out, and recovered oil and gas have to be transported. All of this means trucks and other vehicles are consistent on oil fields and at related facilities, increasing the risk of you being hurt in a transportation-related accident.
  • Contact With Equipment: Workers are often struck by moving equipment and falling objects. Another issue is workers getting their extremities or clothing caught in a moving machine. All of these scenarios can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries.
  • Exposure to Harmful Substances: Drilling and fracking in Texas have led the U.S. to vastly increase its own oil production, but these actions require the use of a variety of chemicals that can be harmful to workers. If you are exposed to too many chemicals or to toxic chemicals without proper protective gear, you could suffer serious medical conditions. Exposure to toxic substances can also be fatal.
  • Falls: Oil workers who are required to work at heights could suffer a fall when they do not have the proper protective gear or adequate safety measures are not in place.
    • Gas Explosions: Oil, gas, and other substances used or created during the drilling process are flammable, and workers must take great care to keep these substances from accidentally igniting. One spark around oil and gas production could lead to a significant explosion. Unfortunately, oilfield explosions are all too common and often fatal.
    • Oilfield Refinery Explosions: Explosions are risks out in the field as well as in refinery facilities. Our oil field accident lawyers have represented many workers and surviving family members after refinery and other facility explosions and fires.
    • Confinement: Another accident oil and gas workers face is becoming trapped in confined spaces. This type of incident can lead to crush injuries as well as harm associated with oxygen deprivation.
    • Failure to Shut Down: When a piece of equipment fails, oil and gas producers should adhere to shutdown protocols. However, companies may push to keep operations going despite an increased risk. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we have handled worker injury and fatalities claims that arose after an employer failed to follow adequate safety procedures or shutdown protocols.

Causes of Oilfield Injuries

At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we are often asked by injured workers or family members who is responsible for oil field accidents and injuries? The answer is that it depends on what and who caused the oil field accident that led to your injuries or loved one’s death. Our oil injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate the incident, determine what went wrong, and in turn, identify who is liable for your injuries or loss.

Some of the most common oilfield accidents and injuries are caused by:

  • Failing to implement and maintain required health and safety protocols
  • Failing to adhere to industry regulations
  • Failing to check equipment levels
  • Equipment defects and failure
  • Unqualified workers and inadequate training
  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Failing to follow shutdown protocols

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What to Do After an Oil Field Accident

If you are involved in an accident while working on an oil field or at an oil or gas production facility, you should take the following steps:

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Compensation for Injured Oil Workers

If you were injured in an oil field accident, you may have the right to recover financially for your injuries, including your:

  • Past, current, and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical limitations
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Loss of normal life

However, first, you need to determine if workers' comp covers your work-related injury or medical condition. If your employer provides workers’ comp insurance and your injury or diagnosis is covered, then you cannot sue your employer. Your sole remedy is to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.

If your employer does not provide workers’ compensation insurance, or if a party from outside of your employer caused your injuries, then you should work with an oil injury lawyer to file a lawsuit. Through a personal injury lawsuit in Texas, if you can prove the other party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct caused you harm, then you can seek compensation.

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Additional Information about oil filed accidents

Common Oilfield Injuries

As an injured gas worker or oil field worker, you may be dealing with all manner of injuries, such as:

  • Skull & Head Injuries: You may experience lacerations and contusions to your face or head. You may be diagnosed with a skull fracture or other broken bones in your face. You also could be diagnosed with a concussion, which is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), or a moderate-to-severe TBI. Head injuries can vary drastically. Your physician may expect you to make a full recovery from a mild or moderate injury. However, a severe head trauma can lead to permanent side effects, disabilities, and death.
  • Bone Fractures: Whether you slipped and fell, were in a vehicle collision, or were hurt in an equipment malfunction, you may suffer simple or complex broken bones.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: You may be diagnosed with a ligament sprain or a muscle or tendon strain. When these injuries are minor, you may only rest to recover. However, if a ligament, muscle, or tendon is fully torn, you may require surgery.
  • Back Injuries: If you were injured in an oil field accident, you may be diagnosed with fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, soft tissue injuries, and other back injuries. These can lead to long-term back pain and make it difficult for you to work.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Your spinal cord can suffer complete or incomplete damage during an oil and gas field accident, leading to paralysis.
  • Crush Injuries and Amputations: Serious transportation and equipment accidents on the oil and gas field can lead to crushed limbs, which may require surgical amputation. These incidents and others can also cause traumatic amputation of an extremity of limb.
  • Eye Injuries: Exposure to harmful chemicals or being involved in an explosion can lead to vision loss, from a decrease in your vision to blindness.
  • Burns: if you were caught in an explosion or fire, you may suffer serious burns over your body. Burns can lead to significant scarring and disfigurement as well as a loss of mobility and sensation in the injured areas of your body.

If you are dealing with these or other injuries that are related to your work on an oil field or at an oil or gas production facility, do not hesitate to contact our oil field accident lawyers to discuss your rights and legal options.

Your Options After a Fatal Oil Field Accident

If your parent, spouse, or child was killed in an oil- or gas-related accident, we recommend you call Anderson Injury Lawyers as soon as you can. We will thoroughly investigate the incident to determine what happened and who was at fault. We also will identify whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and whether you may have the right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. We will fully explain your rights and legal options. If you wish to seek a financial recovery, we will guide you through the process and fight to ensure you get everything you need to move on.

Who Is Liable for Oilfield Injuries?

Based on the most common oilfield accidents and the underlying causes, we often file oil industry accident lawsuits against:

  • Employers
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Maintenance Providers
  • Vendors/Service Providers
  • Motorists

If you believe your employer is responsible for your injuries, contact our oil field accident lawyers to discuss your right to pursue worker’s compensation benefits or file suit against your employer. If a party from outside of your employer appears to be at fault, let us guide you through filing an oil industry accident lawsuit and securing everything you deserve for your injuries.

Contact Our Oil Field Accident Law Firm

At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we understand that oil field accidents and injuries put you in a difficult and complicated position. Because you hurt, you cannot get up and immediately go back to work. You are losing out on income every day, and you need to figure out how to rectify that. Do you file a workers’ comp claim or do you file suit? It can be challenging to determine your rights and the best steps to take. Our oil field accident lawyers are here to help you figure out what you can and should do. We recommend giving us a call before speaking with an insurance company or accepting any settlement offers.

You can reach us at 817-294-1900 at any time of day, or you can contact us online to set up a free, initial consultation.

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