Oil Field Accident Injuries
A quick internet search for oil field accident in Texas reveals many sad stories of injuries and death on Texas’ oil fields. Oil production is an incredibly dangerous job, especially in Texas. The Houston Chronicle reported that 40% of all oil filed deaths from 2008 to 2012 happened in Texas. Many things can go wrong and if they do you need an experienced oil field accident attorney to help. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an oil field accident in the Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas area or anywhere else in the state of Texas, Hermes E. Flores can help.
There are many reasons why working in an oil field is dangerous. Many things can go wrong on an oil field that can cause injuries. The biggest dangers oil field workers face pertain to fires and explosions. Fires start easily which can burn out of control on derricks, pumps, or pipelines. Fires can cause explosions when heat is applied to flammable liquids stored or delivered under pressure. Oil field workers must be wary of the presence of vapors from the combustible liquids because the oil field is full of ignition sources. Welding can cause an explosion on a well from a spark. Two-way radios, electric power tools, vehicles with catalytic converters, carelessly discarded smoking materials, vehicles with internal combustion engines, and portable generators are a few of the potential ignition sources surrounding an oil field.
The oil field hides many other dangers as well. There is an enormous potential of getting pinched or stuck in moving equipment like drills. Getting trapped in equipment can lead to death, dismemberment, or disfigurement. Falling is also an ever-present hazard. Climbing an oil derrick is dangerous because of the threat of slipping and falling despite the use of safety equipment. The risk exists of electrocution from all of the high-powered equipment utilized in an oil field. Exposure to toxic fumes leading to illness or suffocation remains a constant problem. Also, there is an ever-present danger of vehicle crashes on the oil field.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has rules in place to protect workers. Employers and employees must follow the rules and regulations. Failure to do so can cause serious injuries or death. OSHA will not protect the individual worker after the worker is injured, however. OSHA will not compensate you for your injuries. You need an experienced and accomplished oil field accident attorney to represent yours and your family’s best interests.
An attorney experienced in handling oil field accidents knows how to put your case together to obtain the largest settlement possible for you. An experienced oil field attorney will start working on an investigation into what happened immediately. The attorney needs to know what happened and why. The attorney can use OSHA’s investigation to help. Additionally, the attorney can obtain medical records, police reports, workplace records soon after the accident. Also, an experienced attorney will interview witnesses to learn what happened.
One strategy that separates the successful oil field accident lawyer from others is the use of expert witnesses to help prove your claim. Several issues arise in the investigation of oil field accidents that are very technical in nature. You need an expert to form an opinion that the company or the equipment are responsible for your injuries.
Oil Field Accident Representation in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, and Statewide
Call the office of Hermes E. Flores today at 512-947-9103 to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your oil field accident that occurred in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, or anywhere else in the state of Texas. We at Hermes E. Flores have vast experience representing oil field workers and their families. We understand how dangerous of a job it is and will fight every step of the way for you so that you can win the compensation you truly deserve from the injuries you suffered in an oil field accident in Texas.