Oil and gas field excavation is one of the most dangerous industries to work in due to the many risks workers are exposed to. Heavy machinery, flammable materials, chemicals and slippery surfaces are often a contributor to serious, sometimes even fatal, accidents.
At the law offices of Anderson Cummings, our Fort Worth oilfield accident injury lawyers understand how trying this time can be, and we are ready to help you. Contact us today at (877) 920-9009 to schedule a free review of your injury claim. Our attorneys have 50-plus years’ combined experience and have obtained tens of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients.
We only get paid if we obtain a recovery on your behalf. Call to learn more: (877) 920-9009.
Do I Have a Valid Claim for Compensation?
It is important to meet with a licensed attorney with experience in these cases to determine if you may have a case. There are many factors that must be considered, including how you were injured, whether you may be eligible for workers’ compensation and whether there is any third-party liability.
There are many types of oil and gas field accidents that may give rise to personal injury or workers’ compensation claims. Anderson Cummings offers a free consultation to discuss your accident and whether you may have a case. We are prepared to represent victims of many types of oil and gas field accidents, such as:
- Pipe blowouts
- Fracking/drilling accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
If you were involved in these or any other type of accident involving oil and gas field excavation, you should call Anderson Cummings for legal help. We represent workers in many different segments of the industry, including drillers, tool pushers, roughnecks, roustabouts and oil field truck drivers.
We may be able to help. Phone: (877) 920-9009.
Mineral Lease Disputes
Anderson Cummings also takes cases involving mineral lease disputes. These disputes occur when homeowners or oil and natural gas companies discover resources and minerals underground. Two homeowners may claim they own the same piece of land with the oil and gas.
Homeowners could profit off their mineral rights because they could reach an agreement with an oil or gas company for a percentage of the profits made from excavating these resources.
If there may be oil or gas on your land and you are in a dispute with another homeowner or property owner about who owns the mineral rights, contact our firm for a free consultation.
We understand how valuable mineral rights can be and if you own them, we have the knowledge to represent your best interests when negotiating with third parties interested in excavating oil and natural gas.
Compensation That May Be Available
Injuries that result from oil and gas field accidents are often severe, and may include things like:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Vision loss
- Back injuries
- Severe broken bones
Too often, people only consider the immediate impact of these kinds of injuries. However, medical procedures and long-term rehabilitation are often needed to get your life back to normal.
That is why it is so important to pursue maximum compensation from the at-fault party, which the Fort Worth oil and gas field accident injury lawyers at our firm are prepared to do. You need compensation to cover the ongoing care you may need to make the best recovery possible, or simply to manage your symptoms and reduce chronic pain.
If the injury affects your ability to work in the same capacity as before, or the ability to continue working altogether, you need compensation for lost wages and lost earning capacity. Not being able to work the same as before is a devastating financial blow. If this situation resulted from another’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for the damage to your future employment prospects.
Other damages that may be available in a personal injury claim include:
- Lost companionship, if your injuries damage your relationship with your spouse
- Lost enjoyment of life, if you cannot take part in the activities and hobbies you used to enjoy
- Pain and suffering for the physical pain and emotional issues you experience because of your injuries, like post-traumatic stress
Our Fort Worth oil and gas field accident injury lawyers are here to help. We have extensive knowledge of these accidents, including their causes and when a victim may have a valid case for compensation.
Deadline for Filing a Compensation Claim
There are two main deadlines that may apply to your claim: workers’ compensation filing deadline and Texas’ personal injury statute of limitations.
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Texas does not require employers to purchase this coverage, so you will need to check with them if they have it. You have one year from the date of the injury to file a workers’ compensation claim, but you must notify your employer of the injury within 30 days.
If your employer does not have this coverage, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation. Third parties may also hold liability for your injury, and you may have claims against them. In Texas, the personal injury claim statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury.
Have questions about the deadline for your claim or are unsure if you still have time to file? Call Anderson Cummings to schedule a free consultation. (877) 920-9009
Who Regulates Oil and Gas Fields?
Workplaces, including oil and gas fields, are regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This organization sets safety regulations and protocols to help prevent accidents and injuries. For instance, OSHA sets regulations on:
- Supervision of oil rig floors
- Well control
- Training of workers
- Labeling of hazardous substances
- Cleaning and maintenance of equipment
- Wearing hard hats, eye protection and safe footwear
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Fall prevention
- Investigating accidents
- Minimum distance requirements for vehicles
If our attorneys are able to prove safety regulations were violated or not followed, and we could link it to your injury, we may be able to obtain compensation for damages. Our attorneys are also prepared to reach out to experts to help validate your claim and confirm OSHA violations.
Some of the people we may consult, depending on the specifics of your claim, include:
- Welding experts
- OSHA consultants
- Accident reconstruction experts
- Safety equipment experts
- Project safety management experts
Oil and Gas Companies Operating in Texas
Oil and gas excavation is a prominent industry in Texas, and there are numerous companies drilling for these natural resources, including:
- Apache Corporation
- Baker Hughes
- Chevron USA Inc.
- Cimarex Energy Co.
- COG Operating LLC
- Denbury Onshore LLC
- Diamondback E&P LLP
- EnerVest Operating LLC
- Kinder Morgan Production
- Laredo Petroleum
- Marathon Oil
- Occidental Permian Ltd.
- Oxy USA Inc.
- Phillips 66
- Pioneer Natural Resources
- RSP Permian LLC
- Shell Western E&P
- Valero Energy
We have the resources, experience and legal knowledge to take on large corporations and aggressively negotiate for fair compensation. We are also prepared to go to trial when necessary to secure fair compensation.
Common Causes of Oil and Gas Well Accidents
Below, learn more about some of the most common accidents that happen with oil and gas excavation, as well as some of the common causes for these dangerous situations:
Explosions and Fires
Fires are quite common at oil and gas fields and wells. There is an increased risk for fires due to flammable gases and vapors that could ignite due to friction, heat, and sparks produced from tools used for cutting and welding.
Pipes under high pressure could also burst or leak and lead to fires or explosions. Leaks and explosions can lead to serious property destruction and injury in a matter of seconds.
There can also be accidents during drilling or fracking or accidents at oil or gas refineries that could lead to fires.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Oil truck accidents and motor vehicle accidents at oil or gas refineries could easily cause explosions or fires that could injure many people. Collisions between these vehicles and other smaller vehicles could cause serious or even fatal injuries for occupants of these other vehicles.
Slip, Trip or Fall Accidents
One of the biggest risk factors for slip and fall accidents is working from an elevated position. Workers can also slip on wet or slippery surfaces. Even if a worker does not fall from an elevated position, a slip and fall could still lead to severe injuries, including head or spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and soft-tissue injuries that may require a long recovery.
Struck-By or Caught In-Between Accidents
Working around heavy equipment and in tight spaces puts workers at risk for serious injury when equipment malfunctions. Cranes, forklifts, derricks, pipes, cables and other moving parts could break down or become damaged from a fire or explosion. Pieces of equipment could break off and fall on workers. There is also a risk of getting pinned to the ground or stuck between two pieces of machinery. These accidents may result in amputations, lacerations or internal injuries.
There are many reasons why accidents can occur, such as:
- Employer or coworker negligence
- Negligence committed by a third party
- Fatigued workers
- Poor training of employees
- Lack of proper supervision
- Poorly-maintained equipment
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Failure to follow industry regulations and best practices
Call Our Fort Worth Oilfield Injury Lawyers for Help
One of the hardest things to determine after an oil and gas well accident is the impact it may have on you and your family, both now and in the future. You may be unable to work for weeks or months, causing a significant loss of income.
Our Fort Worth oilfield injury lawyers take all these factors into consideration. We have the resources and legal knowledge to thoroughly investigate your claim and build a robust argument about your eligibility for compensation. We have obtained more than $100 million in compensation for our personal injury clients.
Contact us to schedule a free review of your claim or fill out the Free Case Evaluation and we will contact you shortly. There are no upfront fees for our services, and the initial consultation does not obligate you to hire our firm.
Our office in Fort Worth is just a seven-minute drive from the Fort Worth Municipal Court.
Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers are ready to help you seek compensation to help you and your family. Reach us by phone at: (877) 920-9009.