Gas and oil exploration are a vital part of the U.S. economy, and currently the industry is enjoying a period of massive growth. Unfortunately, this progress comes at the expense of the health of gas field workers, many of whom are severely injured and even killed on the job every year.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you are a gas field worker who was seriously injured in an accident on the job, or a loved one died, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Surge in U.S. Oil Production Marked by Increase in Workplace Injuries
August 20, 2018 – The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasted last week in its monthly report that U.S. crude oil production will average 10.7 million barrels per day (b/d) for the remainder of 2018, up from 9.4 million b/d in 2017, and will average 11.7 million b/d in 2019. These numbers are staggering when considering U.S. oil production was less than 4 million barrels per day a decade ago.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents at U.S. drilling sites have resulted in a growing number of oil worker injuries, to the point where these incidents are “affecting not just workers but also shareholders as litigation grows at a rapid clip against the companies involved,” according to Barani Krishnan, senior writer/editor at Investing.com.
What’s the Problem?
About 500,000 men and women are currently employed in gas and oil extraction-related industries in the U.S. With the recent change of power in the White House and Congress, this number is expected to rise dramatically in coming years, according to the Labor Department.
A recent survey conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) found that an average of about 70 oil and gas extraction workers are killed annually in the U.S. This statistic represents a fatality rate 7X higher than the overall industrial average.
Gas Field Accidents
- Falls from rigs and equipment
- Equipment failures and/or defective products
- Gas truck accident
- Frac tank mishaps
- Well blowouts
- Explosions and fires
- Toxic chemical spills
- Toxic gas inhalation
Gas Field Work Injuries
- Head injuries including brain injury
- Neck and back injuries including spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
Please note: Neither of the above is a comprehensive list, and your injury may have occurred under circumstances not described here. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’ve been injured. Contact our lawyers now to learn more about your legal rights and whether you qualify to file a claim.
Can I Sue if I Have Workers’ Comp?
Yes. There are many cases where victims of gas field accidents may still be able to take their employers to court, even if they were covered by workers’ compensation at the time of the energy. For example, if your boss willfully caused your injury through negligence, you can bring a suit against them. In this situation, your employer may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties.
Third Party Liabilities
Whether your employer offers workers’ compensation or not (most states require it), a 3rd party may be liable for your injuries. Even if you think that you will be unable to file suit against your boss, you should still get in touch with our attorneys to learn more about your legal rights. We may be able to identify a liable third party for you.
2 Men Injured in Oklahoma Oil Field Explosion
April 3, 2018 – A pair of oilfield workers in Wewoka, Oklahoma, were injured on Monday when an oil and gas pumping unit exploded near U.S. 270 and State Highway 56. The pumping unit was being installed at about 4pm when the oil rig explosion occurred, said Kevin Greene, Fire Chief of Wewoka.
5 Workers Missing, Feared Dead in Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion
January 22, 2018 – Five people were reported missing and presumed dead on Monday after a massive explosion tore through an Oklahoma oil drilling rig, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and effectively totaling the rig, according to emergency officials. The explosion occurred west of Quinton, Oklahoma, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa.
Do I Have a Gas Field Injury Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in gas field accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were badly hurt in a gas field accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.