Houston Oilfield Accident Lawyers
EXPERIENCED OILFIELD ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS SERVING HOUSTON AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
The oil and gas industry is among the most dangerous for workers, resulting in hundreds of injuries and deaths every year. Long hours, exhausting work, and heavy equipment mean oilfield and gas extraction workers are constantly at an increased risk of industry compared to that average U.S. worker.
While some oilfield accidents are unavoidable, many are the direct result of negligence, reckless business decisions, and companies putting profits over people.
Thomas J. Henry has represented injured oilfield workers for the past 25 years. If you have been injured on the job and suspect your injuries could have been prevented, contact one of our experienced Houston oilfield accident lawyers for a free case review. We have access to the latest resources and leading industry experts who can help prove your claim to compensation.
COMMON CAUSES OF OILFIELD ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
While other industries have recorded a decline in worker fatalities and injuries in recent decades, the oilfield industry has done little to monitor and safeguard against workplace injuries. In fact, an analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that occupational fatalities in the oil and gas industry increased by nearly 28 percent between 2003 and 2013.
Among the leading causes cited in oilfield accidents, injuries, and deaths were:
- Transportation accidents
- Slips and falls
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Pipeline explosions
- Well explosions and fires
- Rig blowouts
- Equipment malfunction and failure
- Falling equipment
- Negligence by the contractor
When these kinds of accidents do occur, it is in the oilfield company’s best interest to limit their liability. Their insurers have teams of attorneys ready to dismantle your claim to compensation to the point that you are unable to make any kind of recovery. Thomas J. Henry can help you level the playing field. Our Houston oilfield injury lawyers have the experience and expertise to protect your rights and prove you claim.
WHAT KINDS OF INJURIES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH OILFIELD ACCIDENTS?
The dangerous nature of the job of all occupations in the oil and gas industry opens workers to many opportunities for injury. Some of the most common causes of oilfield accidents include:
- Transportation accidents, including on-site and in the process of shipping oil
- Slips and falls on rigs
- Exposure to harmful materials that can cause burns, blindness, or internal injuries
- Contact with objects and drilling equipment
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN OILFIELD INJURY IN HOUSTON
What should you do after an oilfield injury in Houston? You should be sure to take the following steps:
- Stop working;
- Report the injury to your employer as soon as you can;
- Seek medical treatment immediately; and
- Speak with a lawyer about whether you should move forward with a claim or lawsuit.
The dedicated Houston oilfield injury lawyers at our firm can help.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE AN OILFIELD ACCIDENT LAWSUIT IN HOUSTON?
If you sustain injuries as a result of unsafe working conditions or employer negligence, we know how important compensation is. Compensation can cover your medical bills and lost wages.
How much time do you have to file a claim? The answer depends upon whether you are seeking compensation through Texas workers’ compensation or through a third-party lawsuit.
When a workplace injury occurs and the worker is covered by workers’ compensation, the worker may be required to file a workers’ compensation to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to obtain compensation for the injury. However, if a third party is responsible—such as an automobile driver who crashed into you on the oilfield, or the manufacturer of a defective tool that led to your injury—then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation claims have their own specific timeline.
Injured workers must report the accident and injury to the employer as soon as possible.
The most important deadline, however, is for filing your DWC Form-041, or the Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease. This form must be filed within one (1) year from the date of the injury or else the worker may not be eligible to receive compensation.
If the worker is eligible to file a third-party lawsuit, then the personal injury statute of limitations in Texas applies. Under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §16.003(a), the statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits, include oilfield injuries, is two (2) years from the date of the accident.
CONTACT A HOUSTON OILFIELD INJURY ATTORNEY
If you were injured in an oilfield accident, you should know that you are not alone. The oil and gas boom in Texas has resulted in many preventable accidents and injuries, often causing life-long disabilities for workers in Houston. You should speak with a Houston oilfield injury lawyer to learn more about filing a claim for compensation.
- Our Houston Personal Injury Law Offices
- Phone number: (713) 338-2525 (attorneys available 24/7 to assist you)
- Address: 12 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1100 Houston, Texas 77046 (walk-in Monday through Friday)
I highly recommend Thomas J. Henry Law Firm. They keep you updated throughout the process. Staff is very friendly and good about making you feel at home.
– Dolly P., 9/22/2018