Oilfield Injury Lawyers

Accidents, Lawsuits & Compensation

If you or a loved one have been injured in an oilfield accident, the chances are you are dealing with a significant injury, and it is in your best interest to retain a lawyer with experience in the oil and gas industry– a law firm with a track record of successfully fighting for injured workers’ rights across the United States.

Careless and reckless coworkers and employers can cause oil field workers devastating injuries.

Oil Field Accidents | Law Firm

we are all too aware of the injury risks to oil and gas workers across the United States. We have represented countless workers who have suffered significant injuries and whose difficulties were compounded by lost wages, mounting medical expenses, and an inability to lead a full life.

With over five decades of combined trial experience and millions recovered for injury victims, we have the knowledge and skill you need to secure compensation for your oilfield accident injuries. We are well-versed in oilfield safety requirements, common accidents, and personal injury and workers’ compensation laws. Our priority will be winning you the maximum compensation possible. To talk with an experienced attorney about what comes next, call (844) 334–4388 and schedule a free consultation. You owe nothing unless we win for you.

Oilfield Injury Claims Across the U.S

Although our Law Firm has designated office locations, we aren’t pigeon-holed to serving places nearby. We take cases nationwide that include the following areas:

  • Permian Basin, TX/NM:

    Covering West Texas and parts of New Mexico, the Permian Basin accounts for half of all US oil production. While many call this area their home and the neighboring oilfields their livelihood, employees depend on a safe work environment absent of negligence.

  • Eagle Ford Shale, TX:

    Spanning 400 miles across parts of Southern Texas and 50 miles wide, the Eagle Ford Shale is lush with oil and natural gas deposits. These in-demand resources benefit the local economy and in turn, the rest of the nation. However, when economic potential overshadows workplace safety, people get hurt.

  • Bakken, ND/MN:

    Although many think of Texas when it comes to oil production, the Bakken Shale is estimated to have anywhere from 1.3 to 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil. By encompassing parts of North Dakota, Montana, and Canada, the Bakken Shale proves to be one of the nation’s largest shale plays. The potential value and overall scale of the Bakken Shale creates a need for increased workplace safety.

These are only a few of the many areas we serve nationwide. From Southern Texas to North Dakota and all across the US, Law Firm helps you pursue the max for your damages.

Oilfield Accidents in Midland, Odessa, TX, Hobbs, NM, and the Permian Basin

Oil and gas production in the Permian Basin have skyrocketed in the past eight years. Since August 2011, production in the Permian Basin quadrupled. At one point, the region was producing 4 million barrels per day. Growth may be slowing down in the Permian Basin recently, but it is still the top producer of oil and gas for the U.S.

The constant exploration, extraction, and production activities not only impact the lives of residents in southwest Texas and southeast New Mexico, but nationwide. Oilfield workers face hazardous conditions and risks of devastating accidents on the job every day. The roads throughout the area are dangerous for workers and personal motorists alike. The Texas Department of Transportation reported 11% of all traffic fatalities occurred in the Permian Basin in 2017. There also were 1,457 serious injuries in that area that year.

Oilfield accidents can differ considerably from one to the next. But we see many similarities in these cases, particularly in regard to oil and gas companies denying liability and insurers pushing to pay out less than claims are worth. By working with an oilfield injury lawyer, you have someone who can and will take a critical look at your circumstances and advise you of your rights. You may have a workers’ comp claim through which you might obtain medical and income benefits. You also may have the right to file a personal injury claim against a third party, which might enable you to gain additional compensation.

With offices in San Antonio, Odessa, TX, and Hobbs, NM, we can help you pursue compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Oilfield Injuries & Safety Regulations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates health and safety in work environments across the country. There are many OSHA safety requirements oil and gas workers and employees must adhere to. Failing to do so is not only a legal violation, it also increases the risk of workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

OSHA safety regulations are specific to the industry and type of operation. OSHA safety regulations include:

  • Minimum training requirements
  • Immediate worker supervision
  • Rig floor supervision
  • Constant well control
  • Minimum equipment and machinery standards
  • Equipment cleaning and maintenance requirements
  • Blowout prevention equipment installed and tested
  • Hazardous substances properly labeled
  • Hard hats, eye protection, and safety-toe footwear requirements
  • Loose or flammable clothing, jewelry that can be snagged, and loose hair prohibited
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, including hearing and respiratory protection
  • Fall protection gear for work 10 feet above the lower surface
  • Vehicle minimum distance requirements
  • CPR-trained individual and first aid kits at worksites
  • Emergency eye and body wash stations
  • Immediate accident and injury reporting and treatment
  • Accident investigations

Common Oilfield Accidents

Law Firm will represent oil and gas workers across the U.S. who have been injured in:

  • Oil truck accidents
  • Other transportation accidents
  • Oil field explosions
  • Oil field fires
  • Oil well fires
  • Oil well blowouts
  • Oil refinery accidents
  • Gas refinery accidents
  • Drilling accidents
  • Fracking accidents
  • Machinery and equipment malfunctions
  • Machinery and equipment failures
  • Personal protection equipment failures
  • Poisoning incidents
  • Hazardous material exposure
  • Struck by object accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Falls from heights
  • Confined space collapses
  • Crush injuries

Common Oilfield Injuries

We are here to help after you are diagnosed with an oilfield injury, including:

  • Multiple and complex bone fractures
  • Torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles
  • Severe lacerations
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Hypoxic or anoxic brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Neck and back injuries, including herniated discs, ruptured discs, and fractured vertebrae
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Respiratory injuries
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Fire-related, electric, or chemical burn injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Traumatic or surgical amputations

Oilfield Accident Damages

When you are injured in an oilfield accident, you may be entitled to compensation either through the workers’ compensation system or a personal injury lawsuit.

Third -Party Oilfield Injury Claims

If you find you are covered by worker’s compensation you may have a workers’ comp claim.. However, you may also be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit if:

Your employer does not provide workers’ comp insurance. This is known as a non-subscriber claim.
You are an independent oil contractor and not covered by workers’ comp.
The at-fault party is someone from outside of your employer. This is known as a third-party liability claim.

Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Scarring and Disfigurement
  • Disability/Physical Limitations
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Reduced Quality of Life

Texas and New Mexico both allow punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, if you can prove the at-fault party acted recklessly, intentionally, or maliciously. New Mexico does not cap the amount of punitive damages you may receive, but Texas does.

In Texas, a jury may award you the greater of two times the amount of economic damages plus an amount equal to any noneconomic damages up to $750,000; or $200,000.

Fatal Oilfield Accidents

Texas allows a surviving spouse, child, parent, or personal representative to file a wrongful death lawsuit and pursue compensation on behalf of these surviving relatives.

Texas also allows for survival claims, which are causes of action that arose in a person’s lifetime and survived that person’s death. If your loved one’s personal injury claim survived their passing, then a family member, their estate, or their legal representative can continue that claim for compensation. This is a separate action from the family’s wrongful death claim.

New Mexico allows the personal representative of your relative’s estate to file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for the surviving spouse and children. If your loved one did not leave behind a spouse or child, compensation goes to the parents or siblings.

Also, if your loved one was covered by workers’ compensation insurance, talk with an oilfield injury lawyer about filing a claim for survivors’ benefits. In New Mexico and Texas, you may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial expenses and lost future income.

Determining Liability & Oilfield Employer Negligence

After being hurt or losing a relative in an oilfield accident, it is essential you determine who was responsible. In some circumstances, information regarding fault will not enable you to pursue compensation. If a coworker or your employer is to blame, and you are covered by workers’ comp insurance, then your sole remedy is a workers’ compensation claim. You cannot sue your employer for negligence.

However, if someone from outside of your employer caused you harm, then you can file a third-party liability claim, whether or not you have workers’ comp insurance. If you do not have workers’ comp coverage, then the law allows you to sue your employer.

Statute of Limitations

If your oilfield accident took place in Texas, you have two years to file a lawsuit. If it took place in New Mexico, you have three years. These time limits are known as statutes of limitations, and they begin to run the day you suffer your injuries.

Oilfield Accident Claims Process

Our Law Firm is here to guide you through the claims process, including:

  • The Investigation: All of the available evidence will be collected and analyzed to determine who is responsible for your oilfield injuries.
  • The Workers’ Comp Analysis: If you have workers’ compensation insurance, the state Workers’ Comp Bureau will review the facts and make a finding regarding your claim.
  • Third-Party Liability/Non-Subscriber Claim: If the law entitles you to file a lawsuit against your employer, a third party, or both you must give the insurer notice of your claim within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Insurance Negotiations: Many injury claims are resolved through an insurance claim before trial. The insurance adjuster will likely offer you a settlement, but do not immediately say yes. It is better to consider whether the settlement fairly compensates you. In most cases, it will be for less than what’s appropriate in your case. An oilfield accident attorney is better equipped to enter negotiations and pursue a higher amount.

Oilfield Accident Lawsuits & Trial Preparation

Filing a lawsuit is not only about going to trial; it is about gathering as much information as possible and showing the at-fault party and their insurer that you are serious about your claim.

During litigation, the case will go through discovery. This involves the use of depositions, interrogatories, and requests for documents to gather a large amount of information and documentation. This evidence may strengthen your claim. It also helps identify weaknesses, which can be addressed during settlement negotiations or trial.

Your case may also benefit from hiring one or more experts that will testify regarding elements of your case. This may include oil and gas industry professionals, engineers, accident reconstruction, vocation, economic, or medical experts, who can offer an informed and professional opinion regarding the cause of the accident, your injuries, and the value of your damages.

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