Oil Rig & Gas Well Drilling Accidents – An Injured Worker’s Right to Know
Drilling for oil and gas is a dangerous job. As such, serious oilfield injuries and accidents and even deaths occur frequently. On drillings rigs and on completed oil & gas wells where workover operations are conducted, proper care of both equipment and personnel must be taken in order for the work place to be as safe as possible. Any carelessness, shortfall in training, delay in equipment maintenance or repair, faulty communication, or lapse in safety procedure implementation and adherence at the drilling site can lead to serious injury or death of the worker. Oil rig drilling accidents resulting in injury or death claims can include, falling equipment, accidents from broken or worn out tools, couplings, entanglement, toxic chemical & gas exposures, fires, explosions, valve failures, equipment malfunctions, blowouts and even derrick & rig collapses.
Oilfield Accident Investigation
Since injuries sustained in the oil field are frequently severe and disabling, injured workers are often prevented from returning to work and earning a living and therefore the injured oilfield worker or family must quickly determine what legal options are available. Because employers are not required by law to have in place a system through which one’s entire lost wages can be recovered other than workers compensation, the injured worker may need to hire an attorney to assist in determining the circumstances of a particular oilfield or drilling rig accident and identity the negligent or responsible parties, companies and other third (3rd) parties that may have caused or contributed to the accident. Once an oilfield employee is injured or on workers compensation, that employee is often shunned and is ignored by the employer and sometimes even by co-employees, therefore making an independent investigation very burdensome and often impossible. It is for these reasons that hiring a oilfield accident lawyer that can represent your interests and conduct an investigation for your benefit is critical. Waiting for your employer’s accident report or for the OSHA report can take 6-12 months or longer, meanwhile important evidence or equipment is being lost or even destroyed.
Oilfield Accident Injuries & Deaths – Talk to Trial Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one killed in an oil field accident, oil or gas well drilling rig accident or any other type of oil field work, workover, well stimulation work, pipeline or wireline work, then you should consult a lawyer that is experienced and knowledgeable in many types of oil field accidents. Whether your oilfield injury case involves injuries from a negligent third (3rd) party defendant contractor, workers compensation claim, a defective tool, broken or worn out tool, broken coupling, joints, products or equipment or negligent acts of other oil well contractors or companies, the injured worker or family needs legal assistance to protect their rights. The Willis Law Firm in located in Houston, Texas. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988. Call for a Free Case Evaluation at 1-800-883-9858 Nationwide Assistance is Available