West Texas Oil & Rig Accident Lawyer
Helping Injured Oil Workers in Abilene and Midland, TX
Oil and rig accidents are some of the most devastating and catastrophic accidents that can occur in the workplace. The oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States, and oil and rig workers face a wide range of risks and hazards every day they are on the job. When accidents occur, workers can suffer severe injuries and even death.
At Potts Law Firm, our West Texas oil and rig accident attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of cases, and we have a proven track record of success. We have recovered billions of dollars for our clients, and we are prepared to fight for you.
What are the Most Common Types of Oil and Rig Accidents?
Oil and rig accidents encompass a range of incidents that occur during the exploration, extraction, and transportation of oil and gas. These accidents can happen due to various reasons, including equipment failure, human error, natural disasters, or a combination of factors.
Here are some common types of oil and rig accidents:
- Blowouts: These occur when high-pressure oil or gas suddenly releases uncontrollably from a well. Blowouts can lead to catastrophic explosions and fires.
- Fires and Explosions: Oil and gas are highly flammable substances. Fires and explosions can result from equipment malfunctions, leaks, or ignition sources, causing severe damage and posing significant risks to human life and the environment.
- Well Control Issues: Loss of control over a well due to equipment failure, improper procedures, or human error can lead to dangerous situations like kicks (sudden influxes of oil or gas), which, if unmanaged, can result in blowouts.
- Equipment Failure: Malfunctioning machinery, including pumps, valves, pipelines, and drilling equipment, can lead to accidents, leaks, or spills.
- Collisions: Accidents involving ships, rigs, or other vessels used in the transportation or operation of oil and gas can result in spills, structural damage, and casualties.
- Human Error: Mistakes made during operations, such as miscommunication, negligence, or lack of adherence to safety protocols, can contribute to accidents.
- Environmental Spills: Spills can occur during drilling, transportation, or storage, causing harm to marine life, ecosystems, and nearby communities.
- Structural Failures: Rigs and platforms are complex structures that can fail due to various reasons such as poor maintenance, extreme weather conditions, or design flaws.
What Compensation is Available for Oil & Rig Accident Victims?
Oil and rig accident victims can recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are quantifiable and have a specific dollar value. Non-economic damages are those that are more subjective and do not have a specific dollar value.
Some of the most common types of damages available in oil rig accident cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- And more
In some cases, oil and rig accident victims may also be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded in all personal injury cases, but they may be available in cases where the at-fault party’s conduct was particularly egregious or reckless. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party and deter similar conduct in the future.
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Oil and rig accident cases can be complex, and it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. An oil and rig accident attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, and they can help you navigate the legal process from start to finish.
Some of the ways an oil and rig accident attorney can help you with your case include:
- Investigating the accident to determine its cause and who is liable
- Gathering evidence to support your claim
- Working with experts to help prove your case
- Calculating the full extent of your damages
- Negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, if necessary
- Representing you in court, if necessary
At Potts Law Firm, our oil and rig accident attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of cases, and we know what it takes to win. We are prepared to put our skills, resources, and experience to work for you.
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The Potts Law Firm and its joint venture partners have been successful in resolving over $1 billion in transvaginal mesh settlements. Derek H. Potts was one of a handful of plaintiffs’ lawyers from around the country who spearheaded the establishment of what would become the largest medical device MDL consolidations in history.
Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch $184 Million
Derek H. Potts was a member of the Kugel Mesh MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee which was instrumental in obtaining a $184,000,000 global settlement for several thousand persons who had received the Kugel Mesh hernia patch.
ERISA Class Action Settlement $36 Million
Potts Law Firm served as class counsel in the ERISA class action, Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.
Paraplegic Minor $12 Million
Derek H. Potts and Timothy L. Sifers obtained a $12,100,000 verdict against Lisa Gard, M.D. for medical malpractice involving a minor. The jury found the Salina emergency room doctor to be negligent in her assessment of the minor upon presentation in the emergency room, failing to timely diagnose a rare spinal condition. The case was one of the largest verdicts in history in the State of Kansas.
Fraud Against Lender $10.7 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a United States Bankruptcy Trustee. The case stemmed from the massive bankruptcy of Royce Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country. Micah and Chris represented the bankruptcy Trustee against a multitude of defendants, including the chief Lender, for claims related to the homebuilder’s downfall and the fraudulent transfer of assets from the rightful owners, the creditors.
Birth Injury $4.6 Million
Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury $3.5 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $3,500,000 settlement for a single mother whose infant suffered severe brain damage while being delivered in a New Mexico hospital. The mother, having no previous pregnancy or medical issues, began laboring and immediately went to a hospital. Despite the clear signs of fetal distress and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the doctor and nurse did not order an emergency cesarean section.
Fraudulent Transfers $2.42 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a Bankruptcy Trustee, resulting in a combined $2.42 million being recovered for creditors of ATP Oil & Gas Company. The claims related to fraudulent transfers of overriding royalty interests in oil & gas properties made by ATP in a failed attempt to liquidate the assets of the company.
Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million
Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.
Pharmaceutical Birth Defect $1.05 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $1,050,000 settlement for a mother whose infant suffered birth defects from a pharmaceutical drug that was taken during pregnancy. Though the migraine drug manufacturer knew the medication could cause a fetus to develop a cleft lip and/or cleft palate when consumed by the mother during the early stages of pregnancy, they failed to warn consumers about these dangers.