Oilfield Injury Attorneys in Bryan
Dedicated to Our Texas Clients
The United States is known today as one of the largest oil producers in the world, and much of the oil and gas we produce comes from Texas. Thousands of Texans work in oilfields and depend on these jobs for their livelihoods. Although oil and gas production can be done safely, it’s a dangerous industry when companies cut corners and put profits over safety. Companies are still expected to provide a safe environment for their employees and others on the job site. Unfortunately, many companies don’t take safety seriously, and they make profits their top priority. Oilfield workers are seven times more likely to suffer fatal injuries on the job than in other professions. Just because your industry comes with greater risks doesn’t mean you deserve to be injured. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of someone else’s wrongful actions, our Bryan, Texas oilfield injury attorneys can help. The Payne Law Group can investigate your accident and determine who should be held liable so we can pursue justice on your behalf.
How Do Oilfield Accidents Happen?
There are a variety of ways injuries can be caused in the oil and gas industry and some common types of accidents that our attorneys have encountered are described below.
Common oilfield injuries can be caused by:
- Heavy equipment defects: Workers often operate heavy equipment on oil and gas sites, and this equipment must be designed, maintained and operated correctly to be safe. Unfortunately, a failure in any one of these areas can lead to serious injuries or even death. Sometimes the machinery fails and causes a serious injury, resulting from mechanical defects, inadequate safety inspections or inadequate maintenance. Sometimes workers receive improper training to operate this heavy equipment, and that can put themselves and others at risk.
- Fires and explosions: Flammable gases and vapors are present at work sites and can easily be ignited by heat, electricity, or open flames. Fires and explosions can cause catastrophic injuries, including severe burns, amputations, head and brain trauma, and spinal cord damage.
- Fracking accidents: Fracking, which involves high-pressure injection that allows petroleum to flow, can be a dangerous process that can injure workers. Additionally, fracking sites can cause chemical spills that can burn anyone in the vicinity.
- Truck accidents: Injuries can be caused by collisions with other vehicles or heavy equipment, as well as by overturns. Common causes for oilfield trucking accidents include driver fatigue, poor driving conditions, driving while under the influence, and more.
- Slip and fall accidents: Oil sites can create a number of obstacles for workers that cause slip and fall accidents. Many workers have to work from platforms and equipment that stand high off the ground, which creates a danger of falling from heights.
- Accidents from working in confined spaces: Some workers have to work in confined spaces like tanks and containers, and there’s a potential risk of being crushed or exposed to hazardous chemicals within the containers.
Common Oilfield Injuries in Texas
The more serious the injury, the more expensive it can be to treat the injury. Our lawyers can secure the compensation you need from liable parties so you can recover damages, including medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. Determining liability in an oilfield can be difficult, but our attorneys have years of experience utilizing our resources and knowing what evidence to look out for to prove your case.
Our oilfield injury attorneys in Bryan, Texas are here for you. Call us at (979) 300-7406 to schedule an appointment whenever you’re available, including after hours and on weekends.