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Oil Related Injuries

The oil and gas industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. It employees nearly seven hundred thousand people and accounts for almost 70 percent of all mining industry fatalities.

Working in the industry is a great way to make a living, but it’s dangerous work. Oil workers log long hours and perform their job near hazardous equipment that puts them at risk for injuries.

Attorney for Oil Related Injuries in Montgomery County, TX

Evans & Powell, PLLC knows how frustrating it can be to be injured on the job. If you believe your injuries are the result of your employer’s negligence, you should contact us. Our attorneys are experienced with personal injury cases, related injuries in the oil industry, and they will fight to ensure you are adequately compensated.

Call us today at (713) 622 - 2000 to schedule a free case consultation, or submit your information in the online contact form. We represent clients with personal injury claims in communities across Montgomery County and Harris County that includes Conroe, Montgomery, Houston, Spring, Magnolia, Pinehurst, The Woodlands and many others.

Overview of Oil Related Injuries in Montgomery County, TX

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Common Oil Related Injuries

There are an estimated 150 injuries per 100,000 workers in the oil and gas industry. Injuries that can be sustained in the oilfield or on an oilrig vary, but they can range from injured legs from falls to severe burns from explosions.

A lot of the injuries suffered by oil and gas workers can be life-threatening and sometimes fatal. Such injuries can drastically alter a victim’s life and cause permanent damage.

Some of the most common injuries in the oil and gas business include: 

  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Severe burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Electrocutions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

Oil workers are often exposed to toxic chemicals for long periods of time that can cause hidden illnesses that may not show symptoms or be diagnosed until after prolonged exposer. Some of these chemicals include mercury, silica, drilling fluids and hydrogen sulfide.

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Types of Oil Related Accidents

The oil industry has some of the hardest working men and women. Many types of accidents can occur in the industry, but listed below are some of the most common oil-related accidents.

Vehicle Accidents: The CDC found that vehicle incidents are the most common cause of accidents in the oil and gas industry. Poor driving conditions, improperly maintained vehicles and driver fatigue could all contribute to these accidents. Vehicle accidents can include single-car overturns, collisions with other vehicles and stationary objects such as heavy equipment.

Being Struck by Falling Objects: This is the second most common accident in the oil industry. Workers are often hit by moving pipes, spinning chains, tongs, rotary tables or whipping hoses from failed high-pressure connections.

Fires and Explosions: Trucks, tanks, wells and other production equipment can release flammable vapors and gases that can be easily ignited by static electricity, friction or open flames. Fires and explosions are commonly caused by drilling, well blowouts and failing to maintain ignition sources near the wellhead.

Chemical Exposures: Workers in the oil field are exposed to toxic chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide, which is a colorless and highly combustible toxin. Exposure to hydrogen sulfide can cause respiratory paralysis, irregular heartbeat, damage to the nervous system and sometimes death.

Falls: Oilfield workers sometimes have to scale equipment or work on slick surfaces. In most cases, falls could have been prevented if the proper safety measures had been in place. Falling can result in broken or fractured bones, traumatic brain injuries and torn muscle and ligaments.

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Compensation for Oil Related Injuries

If you were injured on the job because of your employer’s negligence, you have the right to compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. Worker’s who are injured on the job are typically awarded damages through worker’s compensation. If your employer has worker’s comp insurance, you should be able to file a claim with them. 

Worker’s comp benefits don’t typically fully compensate an injured worker for all their losses. Plus, if you accept worker’s compensation, you could lose your right to bring your employer to court, regardless of their negligence. 

When worker’s comp is not enough for an injured employee, they can file a personal injury claim in civil court and seek compensation for losses that can include lost wages, medical bill, lost earning potential and pain and suffering. 

Family members of those who were killed in an oil related accident have the right to file a wrongful death suit. They can seek compensation for damages that include funeral and burial expenses, emotional pain and suffering, loss of financial and emotional support.

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Oil Accidents Under the Jones Act

Because some oil accidents can happen out at sea on oil rigs, injuries that occur on them may be protected under the Jones Act. This act is also called the Merchant Marine Act, 1920, and it protects workers on vessels out at sea.

If your injury occurred on a semi-submersible platform, jack-up rig, drilling ship or tension leg platform, you might be entitled to maintenance and cure. 

Maintenance is money that is provided for room and board for the injured worker. This is a per-day payment and it is typically a low figure. Cure is payment for the necessary medical care the injured worker needs to completely heal their injuries. 

Maintenance and cure are provided to an injured sea worker, regardless of who was at fault. And unlike worker’s compensation, the Jones Act allows for injured employees to file suit against their employer in federal or state court. 

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Additional Resources for Oil Related Injuries in Harris County, TX

Oil and Gas Extraction Worker’s Fatalities– Follow this link to read through the most recent study conducted by the CDC on worker’s fatalities in the oil and gas industry. The report found which state has the most oil related deaths and what accidents resulted in the most fatalities.

The Jones Act– Read the full text of the Jones Act. Section 33 covers recovery for injuries or death of seamen and women, but you can also learn more about how vessels should be owned and operated.

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Personal Injury Attorneys for Oil Related Injuries in Harris County, TX

You have the right to be properly compensated for oil related injuries, especially if they were the result of your employer’s negligence. At Evans & Powell, PLLC we will do everything in our power to ensure that your rights are protected and that the best possible outcome is achieved for your situation.

We represent clients in communities in Harris County and Montgomery such as Houston, Spring, Cut and Shoot, Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Porter Heights and many others in the surrounding area. Call Evans & Powell, PLLC today at (713) 622 - 2000 to schedule a free case consultation.

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