Oilfield Accidents Cause Serious Injuries to Texas Workers

Our Houston attorney pursues compensation against the large corporations that run the oil and gas industries

Oil and gas are vital commodities that affect many aspects of our lives. In addition, the industry itself is an important part of the Texas economy. Oilfield workers risk their health and lives every day to keep the industry running smoothly. Still, an alarming number of injuries occur because workers have commercial vehicle accidents, get stuck in or caught between objects, and are victims of explosions, fires and falls. Working in confined spaces and chemical exposure are also common hazards of oil and gas occupations.

Cire Law Firm in Houston, TX was formed to take on challenging workplace and personal injury claims. Prior to entering law school 30 years ago, Attorney George “Buck” Cire worked at Koomey Inc. and understands the rigor and skills required of workers in oil and gas occupations. He also understands the substantial risks they face every day while on the job. If you have been injured while employed on an oil rig, we give you straightforward advice to help you obtain the maximum compensation.

Laws governing compensation for accidents in the oil and gas fields

Our personal injury law firm helps you tap all available resources for compensation for your injuries after an oilfield accident. For example, we determine whether you have a valid claim under:

  • Texas Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • Merchant Marine Act of 1920 — the Jones Act — and other maritime laws
  • Personal injury and wrongful death laws of Texas
  • BP Deepwater Horizon settlement

Oil and gas accidents

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 120 workers died nationwide in the oil and gas industry in 2008, including:

  • 41 percent related to transportation and involving highway tanker crashes, workers being struck by vehicles on the oilfield and aircraft wrecks
  • 25 percent from being struck by objects or from other harmful contact with equipment
  • 15 percent because of explosions and fires

Texas had the most oil- and gas-related deaths (41) in 2008. The number of deaths rose by 21 percent in Texas during the five-year period between 2004 and 2008.

Safety in the oil and gas industry

Although oil and gas industry occupations are inherently dangerous, implementation of safety measures can reduce injuries to individual workers and the types of catastrophic accidents, such as fires, explosions, oil spills and collapsed oil platforms that can injure entire crews. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have strict rules for operations involved in oil and gas extraction, production and transport, such as the process of:

  • Rigging up
  • Drilling
  • Tripping out or in
  • Casing
  • Maintenance
  • Well control

In addition, Safety and Environmental Management Systems II regulations governing offshore drilling were finalized after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Get the compensation you deserve after an oil and gas workplace injury in the Houston area

You may have several options for recovering damages for the injuries you suffered in an oilrig accident. Call Cire Law Firm at 713.532.6206 or contact us online 24/7 to schedule a free initial case review. Our office represents oil and gas workers throughout Houston as well as Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Jefferson counties.

We can visit you at your home or the hospital if your injuries or caretaker duties make it difficult to come to our Houston litigation office. Under our contingency fee arrangement, we do not charge you any attorney fees unless we recover damages for you.

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