Oil Field & Offshore Injuries
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Oil field and offshore workers are subjected to inherently dangerous job duties that can put their lives at risk when safety procedures and mechanisms are not followed, or if adequate training has not been implemented. These workers can experience catastrophic injuries which can have far-reaching and lasting implications on their ability to work and their personal lives.
Oil and gas and offshore accident cases typically involve a higher degree of expertise due to their complexity. At The Potts Law Firm, we have the necessary expertise and experience to move your case forward. For example, an oil field injury resulting in permanent disfigurement may require a life care plan tailored to your unique circumstances. There may also be substantial future medical care costs associated with your injuries. In conjunction with our own expertise, we will ensure we have the right experts on your case in order to successfully prove up both the liability and injury claim.
Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your injury claim. We will give you all the time your case deserves, and we will give you an honest assessment of your case and whether we can represent you.
- Chemical spills
- Compressor station malfunction
- Equipment failure
- Frac tank incidents
- Rig collapses
- Transportation accidents
- Well blowouts
- Well drilling accidents
The Potts Law Firm handles the following claims involving oil field accidents and explosions:
- Bodily Injury and/or Death
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Permanent Impairment
- Permanent Disability
- Medical Lien Resolution
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Reimbursement of Out of Pocket Expenses
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas accounts for 40% of all oil field related fatalities in the country. A follow-up Houston Chronicle report found that the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures which contributed to these fatalities. Their examination also showed a lack of government inspections and careless actions by oil and gas companies led to an unprecedented number of killed and injured workers.
Additionally, per the report, 79 people lost limbs, 82 were crushed, 92 suffered burns and 675 broke bones in work-related accidents. The 65 deaths reported were a 10-year high and almost a 60% increase in fatalities from the previous year. The main culprit appears to be the federal authorities who have failed for 22 years to implement safety standards and procedures for onshore oil and gas drilling.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 120 fatal work injuries occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008.
- The three most frequent fatal oilfield events in 2008 were transportation incidents at 41%, contact with objects and equipment at 25%, and fires and explosions at 15%.
- Of the transportation incidents in 2008, three-quarters involved highway incidents.
- The three states with the most fatal oilfield work injuries were Texas with 41, Oklahoma with 21, and Louisiana with 13.
- The number of total recordable cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses ranged between 2,400 in 2003 and 4,700 in 2005, with 2007 having 4,200 cases.
- There were 221 oilfield injury short term disability (STD), long term disability (LTD), and fatal (FTL) claims in 2012.
- The average cost paid for each claim was about $14.5 million.
Fatal and non-fatal injuries can happen at any time during the process of oil and gas extraction, drilling oil and gas wells, and any support activities, such as driving or maintenance.
We only take cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we win or settle your case. If there is no recovery, you will owe no attorney’s fees. We advance all case expenses, so we will not ask you to pay any costs out of pocket.