Texas and oil operations have been nearly synonymous since the discovery of Spindletop in the early twentieth century. Since this point, oil and gas operations took off throughout the state and have culminated in recent years with the development of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. While the oil and gas industry might be facing difficult economic times, this has not led to a decrease in the percentage of injuries reported each year. The oil and gas industry is a dangerous industry to work in, and all employees should be appropriately trained to handle the different scenarios they could find themselves in.
Oil and gas accidents are unfortunately common throughout the industry and can involve anything as minor as a slip on an oil rig or as severe as a blowout. Employees and contract workers at every oil and gas site need to be adequately trained to handle dangerous situations and mitigate any potential injuries after an accident. If an employee is not properly trained on how to prevent a buildup from occurring during the drilling process, a blowout could occur, which frequently leads to a rig fire. If an employee caused a severe oil and gas accident as the result of the employer’s failure to properly train them, the employer could be held liable for any resulting injuries.
A worker who was injured in an oil and gas accident may bring a claim for any resulting injuries against the oil and gas company as well as the individual responsible for the accident. Oil and gas accidents can have severe repercussions on all workers currently employed at the site, including the following:
As the victim of an oil and gas accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages which include the following:
Oil and gas workers are often employed on a contract basis, and therefore when they are injured, not only do they physically suffer, but their families financially suffer. Most of these workers have to spend weeks or months away from their families at any given time in order to complete a particular project. A severe injury caused by an oil and gas accident could mean that a worker will be unable to work for a set period of time. The lack of income could tremendously impact the worker’s family and the ability to cover medical expenses. An experienced personal injury attorney will assist injured workers in calculating the amount of lost wages they may receive, depending on the extent of their injuries, as well as future earnings which they should be entitled to.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an oil and gas accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in assisting our clients with injury claims. We understand how important the oil and gas industry is to south Texas and many workers in the region, but we also believe firmly that oil and gas companies should protect their workers. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve after an accident. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.