The oil and gas industry employs hundreds of thousands of people across the United States. The Texas oil industry plays a critical role in the state’s economy–the top crude oil-producing state, its percentage shares of total US crude oil production in 2021 was 42.4%. Worker safety and health are important to this industry because the risk of being involved in a catastrophic accident while at work in the oil fields is extremely high.
Oil Field Accidents
Oil field worker injuries are seven times the rate of serious injury in all other industries. Oil field injuries happen in a variety of ways. Safety and health hazards and dangerous conditions that oil field workers face on the job include:
- Vehicle Accidents
- Explosions and Fires
- Equipment malfunctions
- Confined Spaces
- Chemical Exposures
- Neglect of industry regulations
- Poor or inadequate training
These accidents can lead to significant injuries or fatalities. Some of the most common oil field injuries in Texas are:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Oil field accidents frequently happen in Texas. While some of these accidents are no one’s fault, many are due to recklessness or negligence of the employer. In those cases, oil field workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation for their injuries.
Oil and gas employers have a legal duty to maintain a safe workplace environment for workers. That said, some employers do not take responsibility for providing a hazard-free workplace, which increases the possibility of injuries and fatalities to workers. If injured in a work-related accident, it is important to reach out to a personal injury attorney who has experience handling workers’ compensation cases.
Texas Oilfield Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered harm or injury in an oil field accident in 2023 and need the services of a reputable MCALLEN OILFIELD ACCIDENT ATTORNEY, reach out to Manuel “Manny” Guerra of Guerra Law Firm, P.C. When you need a lawyer you can trust to help you with your personal injury case, you can be sure that the hardworking and caring counsel at Guerra Law will work to secure fair and just compensation for you. Mr. Guerra has practiced law in Texas for over 20 years and is currently a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Contact Guerra Law Firm, P.C. at any time online or by calling 956-277-9497. Guerra Law Firm, P.C. is here to fight for the compensation you deserve. We are a personal injury law firm in McAllen, TX, specializing in workplace injury claims. Led by Manuel “Manny” Guerra, a successful and fair trial attorney with more than two decades of experience.
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