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Oil & Gas Worker Injury Lawsuit

Oil & Gas Worker Injury Lawsuit

Oil and gas workers are dramatically more likely to suffer serious injury or death on the job compared to other workers. There is no excuse for oil companies that cut corners, putting profits above safety.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting oil & gas worker injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured on the job, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Oil & Gas Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Examples of Recent Oil & Gas Accidents

  • In November 2023, an oil worker in Texas miraculously survived a horrific oil field accident in which he was impaled by a 50-foot pipe.
  • In January 2023, 7 workers were burned in a fire and explosion at the Phillips 66 Oil Refinery Tank Farm near Borger, Texas.
  • In July 2021, a natural gas pipeline owned by Atmos Energy exploded in Texas, killing 2 men and injuring 3 others
  • In July 2019, a massive explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil Baytown refinery near Houston, Texas injured at least 37 workers. Click here to read more.
  • In May 2018, an oil refinery explosion injured at least 20 workers and forced the evacuation of 27,000 people in the town of Superior, Wisconsin. Click here to read more.
  • In April 2018, Patterson UTI, a drilling company involved in a gas rig explosion in January that killed 5 workers near Quinton, Oklahoma, was listed as a company with dangerously unsafe practices. Wrongful death lawsuits have been filed on behalf of all 5 men who died.
  • In April 2018, two workers were injured when an oil rig caught on fire and exploded in Wewoka, Oklahoma near Highway 56. Click here to read more.

What is the problem?

Business is booming in the oil & gas industry in Texas and Oklahoma, with thousands of well-paying jobs available. Unfortunately, the number of workers who were seriously injured or died on the job has also skyrocketed. In many cases, the problem is that oil companies are sacrificing the safety of their workers to maximize production and profits. There is no excuse for cutting corners when lives are at risk.

Types of Injury Lawsuits

Our law firm is handling personal injury lawsuits involving falls, brain trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis, burns, electrocutions, broken bones, scarring, amputation, loss of limbs, vehicle accidents and more. We also handle wrongful death lawsuits after major accidents.

Types of Oil & Gas Worker Injuries

  • Oil spills
  • Gas leaks
  • Fire
  • Explosions
  • Hit by falling objects
  • Falls
  • Crushed by machinery
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Blowouts
  • Pipeline accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • And more

What is the Risk of Death?

There were about 475,000 oil and gas workers in the U.S. in 2010. The fatality-rate is about 27.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, which is about 7-times higher than the risk of death for all other workers. Between 2003 and 2009, there were 716 oil and gas workers who were killed on the job. The most common cause of death was highway vehicle accidents (29%), being hit by tools or equipment (20%), explosions (8%), crushed by machinery (7%), and falls (6%), according to a study by the CDC.

Oil Drilling Rig Blowouts

Blowouts occur when a drilling rig taps into a high-pressure zone of gas or oil, causing an uncontrollable burst of pressure. Blowouts frequently destroy the drilling equipment. They can also spark a massive explosion that seriously injures or kills any workers nearby.

Gas Leaks, Fires and Explosions

Fires and explosions are some of the most common serious accidents in oil drilling. Leaking gas lines and improperly-joined pipelines can easily catch on fire. It only takes a single spark to ignite crude oil, natural gas, and highly-flammable vapors. Storage tanks are also very dangerous, especially if a worker has to weld something on the tank.

Hydro-Fracking Accidents

Hydraulic fracturing (“hydro-fracking”) is a new technique for extracting natural gas and crude oil. It involves injecting a mix of sand, toxic chemicals, and water deep underground to break up shale. Workers are at risk of serious injury and death from blowouts, toxic chemical exposure, faulty equipment, and a lack of safety precautions.

Offshore Drilling Rig Injuries

Offshore drilling is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Working on an offshore oil rig has all of the normal hazards of drilling, plus the risks of working in the ocean — hurricanes, storms, rig collapse, sinking, and capsizing as a result of blowouts or fires. Workers who fall off a catwalk can also be instantly swept out to sea.

Highway Vehicle Accidents

Highway motor vehicle accidents are the #1 cause of injury and death for oil & gas workers. From 2003 to 2009, there were 202 people who died in work-related vehicle crashes, which is about 8.5-times higher than the risk for workers in all other industries. Many of the deaths occurred in light-duty trucks where the victims were not wearing a seatbelt, according to a study by the CDC.

How Can an Injury Attorney Help?

Our attorneys specialize in protecting the rights of workers who were seriously injured. If you are an oil & gas worker or a family member, our attorneys can help gather evidence, prepare the best case possible, file a lawsuit, and represent your legal interests in a courtroom, or negotiate a settlement for your medical expenses.

Do I have an Oil & Gas Worker Injury Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting oil & gas worker injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured on the job, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Oil & Gas Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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