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Oil Drilling Injuries

Working in the oil industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. When you are injured on the job, you have the right to compensation. Filing a claim under worker’s comp often limits the amount of damages an injured worker can receive, and it strips the worker of their right to sue their employer for negligence.

If you were injured in an offshore drilling accident, you might be able to collect compensation under maritime law. If you or someone you love was injured in an oil drilling accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney.

Attorney for Oil Drilling Injuries in Montgomery County, TX

If you were injured on the job, you have the right to compensation for your injuries and other expenses. Evans & Powell, PLLC has experience dealing with oil companies in the courtroom, and we will do everything in our power to ensure you are properly 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 Magnolia, Pinehurst, Conroe, Houston, Spting, Montgomery and many others. 

Overview of Oil Drilling Injuries in Montgomery County, TX

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Oil Drilling Accidents

Due to the harsh nature of working in the oil and gas industry, workers have a greater chance of being injured on the job than any other profession in the United States. Many accident and injuries can happen while drilling for oil, such as:

  • Defective machinery and equipment failure: Oil drillers are constantly working with and around heavy machinery such as drilling rigs. When such machinery fails or is defective, it can result in injuries such as burns, electrocution, crushed bones and amputations.
  • Slips and Falls: Slipping or falling off an oil rig, and even on an oil rig can cause significant damage. Slips and falls can cause broken bones and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Blowouts: This is one of the most dangerous accidents that can occur in oil drilling. This can happen when a driller taps into a concentration of oil where pressure has built up. The result is often an explosion that can cause severe burns. 
  • Exposure to Toxic Fumes: Oil workers are often exposed to chemicals like hydrogen sulfide, mercury, silica and drilling fluids. Prolonged exposure cause hidden illnesses that may not show symptoms or be diagnosed until after the exposure.

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Are my Injuries Covered Under the Jones Act?

If your drilling injuries occurred on a semi-platform, jack-up rig, drilling ship or tension leg platform, you might be able to receive compensation under the Jones Act.

The Jones Act, also called the Merchant Marine Act, 1920, protects workers on vessels out at sea, including oil rigs, and if they are injured on the job, they may be entitled to maintenance and cure.

Maintenance is money provide for room and board for the injured worker. This is typically a low figure and is given on a per-day basis. Cure, on the other hand, is payment for the medical care needed for the injured worker to return to maximum medical improvement.

Compensation under the Jones Act is provided to injured sea workers, regardless of who was at fault. The act also allows for the injured employee to file a suit against their employer for negligence in federal and state court. 

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Wrongful Death from Oil Drilling Injuries

If your loved one was killed while working in the oil field, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death is defined under section 71.002 of the Texas Statutes as a death that occurred because of negligence, carelessness, an illegal act or unskillfulness. 

Only surviving spouses, children, appointed representatives, or the parents of the deceased individual have the right to file suit and recover damages. The amount of damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death suit vary, but it can include compensation for the following:

  • Loss of income and financial support
  • Emotional and Mental pain, suffering and anguish
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of inheritance

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Additional Resources for Oil Drilling Injuries in Harris County, TX

The Jones Act– Follow this link to read the full text of the Jones Act. Section 33 covers compensation for injuries and death of seamen and women, but you can also learn how vessels at sea should be properly operated.

Civil Practice and Remedies Code | Chapter 71 Wrongful Death– Familiarize yourself with the state’s wrongful death laws. The statute defines wrongful death, who can be held liable and who has the right to file a suit. The code can be read on the Texas Constitution and Statutes website.

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Personal Injury Lawyer for Oil Drilling Injuries in Harris County, TX

Evans & Powell, PLLC knows how frustrating it can be to be injured on the job. We have proven experience with personal injury cases and we will do everything we can to make sure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to. 

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

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