Oilfield Accidents in Texas
Oilfield accidents have happened on oilfields throughout Texas for the last 100 years since the drilling of the infamous Spindletop oil well in Southeast Texas near Beaumont. Oilfields in East Texas and the Permian Basin still are producing, but not in the quantities of the
Barnett Shale in North Texas. In 2006, oil & gas well drilling in this are is at the fastest pace of almost any major oilfield in the United States. With this fast pace also comes oilfield accidents, serious injuries and deaths.
Workers are forced to work long periods of time without rest and on some drill rigs, forced to take chances in the spirit of being a team player. Many oilfield workers are forced to work with other workers that are under the influence of drugs while they are working on the oil drilling rig. Further due to this fast pace, workers often take short cuts and ignore established safety standards in order to keep the drilling rig operating. Another problem is the hiring of green or inexperienced workers that have not been properly trained. Hiring and working oilfield workers that are not skilled, at a fast pace and while some are on drugs, is a recipe for disaster.
Oilfield Accident Investigation
Due to the nature and remote location of most oilfield accidents, many injured workers and their family members are not able to go to the scene and start an immediate investigation in order to document the accident. Further many times the evidence in an oilfield accident is a defective or broken piece of equipment. In many cases the broken part is simply discarded or lost and with it the proof is as well.
Oilfield Injury Lawyer
Additionally all the oil rig components are disassembled and taken to other drill sites, sometimes within days of an oilfield accident before the injured oilfield worker or his family has an opportunity to visit the scene. It is for these reason, that if you or a loved one have been injured in a oil field accident, that you call a lawyer that is experienced and knowledgeable in oilfield accidents, products liability and experience representing seriously injured tool pushers, roustabouts, workers with slips, tongs, wireline workers, company man and derrickman. The Willis 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.