What to Know About Accidents and Injuries on the Oil Field

With over a billion barrels of oil produced each year, Texas is the largest oil-producing state in the country. Thousands of people are employed on oil fields throughout the state leading to a large number of injuries each year.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, & Briggs, we represent individuals who have been injured in oilfield accidents in Houston and throughout Texas. Our lawyers have secured over $1 billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients and have over a century of combined legal experience. If you sustained an oil field injury, contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

What Are Common Oil Field Injuries?

Oil field accidents happen frequently in the Lone Star state. Many accidents and injuries are preventable, caused by a lack of adequate safety measures. If you are injured on the oil field, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Common oil field injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputation
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Neck and back trauma
  • Crushing injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Lung damage

While oil field injuries can range in severity, they are generally serious requiring extensive medical treatment. It is imperative to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident with injuries to ensure that you receive a prompt diagnosis and the proper care. 

What Causes Oil Field Injuries?

Oil field injuries can be caused by several different factors. If you are injured in an oil field accident, it is not your job to determine liability. An oil field injury lawyer can help assess whether you should pursue a claim for damages. 

Leading causes of oil field injuries include:

  • Inadequate fall protection
  • Malfunctioning machinery
  • Failing to observe industry safety standards
  • Lack of training or supervision
  • Unsafe drilling practices
  • Equipment failures

Oil fields can be highly volatile, unsafe work environments. A simple equipment failure can cause a catastrophic rig explosion or release toxic chemicals into the air. Working with an attorney to hold negligent companies accountable for their wrongdoing can help put an end to these devastating incidents.

What Hazards Are Present on an Oil Field?

Oil fields are some of the most dangerous worksites in the nation. Workers must be sufficiently trained and supervised to ensure the safety of all oil field employees and people located in the surrounding communities. 

Hazards that may exist on an oil field include:

  • Toxic chemicals
  • Electrical hazards
  • Dangerous machinery
  • High-pressure lines
  • Slip and fall hazards
  • Falling debris
  • Hazards related to explosions and fires
  • Falling or malfunctioning cranes
  • Transportation hazards

The oil industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Despite knowing the hazards, many oil companies fail to take the necessary precautions to keep their workers and others safe from harm.

Injured in an Oil Field Accident? Contact Our Office.

If you were injured in an oil field accident, contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Book your free case evaluation today. 

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