Oil and gas workers are exposed to certain risks that other workers in other industries simply are not. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of these jobs, it’s no surprise that the oil and gas industry has some of the highest injury and fatality rates in the United States. With its extensive oil industry, Texas often leads the nation in oilfield safety violations, accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in an oilfield accident, you may be able to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Many accidents occur as a result of negligence and, when this is the case, victims and their families are entitled to financial compensation for their damages. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own—call Howry Breen & Herman to find out how we can fight for the justice and recovery you are owed.
When Negligence Causes Oilfield Accidents
The oil industry is heavily regulated, and workers are protected by numerous safety measures put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, these standards are not always followed. When oilfield companies, supervisors, and other parties act negligently, workers can be seriously injured or killed.
Common causes of oilfield accidents include:
- Failure to follow safety standards and regulations
- Lack of sufficient or proper training
- Inadequate supervision
- Negligent hiring of supervisors/workers
- Failure to post proper safety signage
- Delays in or failure to replace faulty equipment
- Lack of proper equipment maintenance
- Improper handling of toxic or hazardous substances
- Failure to cite violations
- Lack of provided safety equipment (goggles, helmets, etc.)
- Defective equipment or poorly constructed safety equipment
All of these examples involve negligence—negligence on the part of the oilfield company, a supervisor, another worker, or some combination thereof. Due to the various parties involved, these cases can be incredibly complex and typically require the skill and experience of a seasoned trial attorney. The defendant will often offer a low settlement that doesn’t even come close to covering the injured victim’s damages. At Howry Breen & Herman, we strive to hold negligent parties accountable and fight for the full and fair recovery you are owed.
Recovering Damages in Oilfield Accidents
Oilfields are inherently dangerous sites. Workers are often required to use specialized machinery and vehicles, and they may be exposed to electrical currents, explosions, fires, hazardous materials, toxic substances, and line blowouts. Because of this, oilfield accident injuries are usually very severe. Workers may suffer anything from catastrophic burns to traumatic brain injury to death. After an oilfield accident, victims and their families often face a long, costly recovery.
While every case is different, you may be able to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Immediate emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing medical care costs
- Lost wages and/or income
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress/trauma
- Funeral costs (in wrongful death claims)
- Punitive damages
It is important to meet with an experienced oilfield accident attorney in Austin to learn more about your specific options. Every situation is unique, and the value of your case can only be determined after an extensive investigation into the accident.
At Howry Breen & Herman, we are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you navigate the legal process. Our compassionate, experienced, and aggressive trial attorneys are prepared to fight for you. We’ve helped numerous oilfield workers and their families get back on their feet after a devastating accident; find out how our team can fight for you.