Common Texas Oil Field Accidents and Causes

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Oil field accidents are catastrophic events that can entirely upend the lives of the people affected. They can cause life-threatening injuries, overwhelming medical bills, and emotional stress and strain in their wake.

If you’ve been hurt in an oil field accident, quality legal representation is available to you. You don’t have to fight this battle alone.

If you’ve been hurt in a Texas oil field accident, the knowledgeable and skilled attorneys of Tate Law Offices, PC are ready to fight for the full compensation you’re owed. We can help you seek the workers’ compensation benefits and any third-party injury compensation that you need to protect your health and livelihood.

Give us a call today for a free, no-obligation case review.

Types of Accidents in Texas Oil Fields

Oil fields are dangerous workplaces, with workers forced to use and work near heavy machinery, complex equipment, and corrosive chemicals. Explosions and fires are a common threat to the safety of those working on the job site.

Some of the most common oil field accidents in Texas include:

  • Well blowouts – Wells have control mechanisms to prevent blowouts, but there are many reasons why these can fail. Control mechanisms could be designed or manufactured poorly, but they can also fail from mistakes on the part of an installer or a worker.
  • Equipment failure – Oil field workers many specialized tools and equipment. Unfortunately, even with proper training and supervision, accidents can and do happen. Equipment failure is often the result of manufacturing defects or user error.
  • Explosions – Explosions can be sudden and catastrophic. They can result from well blowouts, loose wires sparking, and static electricity among other causes. Explosions often result in fires that can pose serious health hazards due to the impact of the blast, heat from the fires, and the resulting smoke that is produced.
  • Toxicity exposure – Workers can be exposed to a number of dangerous substances, including hydrocarbons and hydrogen sulfide gas, on Texas oil fields. Working with storage tanks is particularly hazardous for exposure as workers have to take great care in opening hatches.
  • Truck accidents – Heavy trucks move through Texas oil fields on a daily basis as they transport workers and supplies. Collisions can happen at any moment that trucks enter or exit sites when drivers don’t pay close enough attention to their surroundings.

Texas Oil Field Accident Statistics

The oil and gas industry leads the nation in severe injuries. Each year, roughly 4,000 workers are injured in oil fields across the country.

The oil and gas industry is steadily booming in the state of Texas, employing over 325,000 people. However, Texas is a leading state in oil field accidents, even when safety measures are in place.

In Texas, roughly 45 workers are killed in oil field accidents each year. According to the National Safety Council, 41 percent of all falling accidents in oil fields occurred in Texas, even though fall protection was required in 86% of cases.

Texas’ oil field death numbers peaked at 65 in 2012. That year, 79 people lost limbs, 92 were burned, 82 were crushed, and 675 suffered broken bones in oil work accidents reported to insurance companies.

Common Injuries in Texas Oil Field Accidents

Oil field accident injuries tend to be serious in nature and can require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Examples of common oil field injuries in Texas include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result in lifelong complications such as impaired cognitive function, body and movement issues, and emotional problems
  • Broken bones – Broken bones can happen in any part of the body that gets crushed by machinery, or in falls. They can require expensive surgeries and prolonged use of medical equipment.
  • Neck and back injuries – Injuries of the neck and back (and particularly the spine and spinal cord) could result in nerve damage, broken vertebrae, whiplash, and even paralysis.
  • Crushed or severed limbs – Severed limbs are completely life-altering and require extensive surgery and physical rehabilitation. In addition, crushed limbs can end up with nerve damage that results in temporary or permanent loss of function.
  • Burns – First, second, and third-degree burns are all possibilities of contact with hot equipment or fire. Any level of burn can result in painful blistering and scarring.

Medical bills for this nature of injury can place extreme financial pressure on those affected. If you have sustained any of these or other catastrophic injuries on an oil field job, you may have the right to pursue justice and compensation.

Compensation Available for Injured Oil Field Workers in Texas

An experienced attorney can help you determine what types of compensation you may be eligible for in your oil field accident case.

Common types of oil field accident compensation include:

  • Medical bills – Medical bill compensation can cover all current and future medical costs associated with your accident such as hospital bills, medication costs, and rehabilitation expenses.
  • Lost wages – Lost wage compensation can cover any earnings you lose from time spent off of work after the accident.
  • Permanent disability – Permanent disability compensation can cover expenses you can no longer afford because of a permanent injury that inhibits your earning potential.
  • Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering compensation can be awarded as a general amount to account for any physical, mental, and emotional anguish you face after your accident.

The types and amount of compensation you’re entitled to will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact they have had and will have on your life. Be sure to reach out to an experienced attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Contact Tate Law Offices for Help Today

At Tate Law Offices, PC, we believe oil field injury victims deserve fair compensation for their suffering. We have what it takes to deliver for you. We are a top Texas choice for oil field injury victim representation. We don’t charge our clients a penny for our services unless we win their cases.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We are ready to speak with you now.

 

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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