Oilfield Accidents

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If you have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an accident while working in an oil field, or if you have lost a family member to one of these accidents, you have a right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits or, in some cases, personal injury damages.

A lawyer from our firm can help you. We represent injured oil field workers and their families across Mississippi. Contact Abdalla Law, PLLC, today to get started.

Typical Causes of Oil and Gas Industry Accidents

Unfortunately, oil field workers face a wide variety of hazards on the job, including:

  • Falls from heights
  • Equipment and materials falling on them
  • Machinery crushing, tearing or cutting body parts
  • Faulty equipment causing cuts, burns and electrocution
  • Exposure to toxic vapors, gases and fumes
  • Stress and strain from overexertion (bending, climbing, reaching)
  • Stress and strain from repetitive motion (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Violence.

The fatality rate of the oil and gas extraction industry is actually more than eight-and-a-half times higher than the average for all U.S. industries, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

The New York Times reported that truck accidents and other “highway accidents” were the leading cause of deaths in the oil and gas industry. Oil field exemptions from highway safety rules allow truckers in the industry to work longer hours than drivers in most other industries, which contributed to a rise in these accidents.

Fire and explosions are another primary concern in oil fields. For instance, an explosion and fire that killed three contractors and seriously injured another at the Partridge-Raleigh oil field in Raleigh, Mississippi, in 2006, occurred when welding sparks ignited flammable vapor venting from an open-ended pipe, a CSB investigation included.

Such accidents or accumulative injuries are the product or negligence if they are due to:

  • Lack of training and supervision
  • Violations of state or federal regulations
  • Failure to adopt and enforce policies and procedures
  • Failure to provide proper protective equipment.

In most cases, the injured worker or surviving family members may be eligible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits that can pay for their medical expenses and a portion of wages that the worker and their lost due to the injury.

The right to these benefits arises if the injury occurred during the course and scope of working in the oil field – regardless of who was at fault.

If a non-employer caused the serious or fatal injury, however, then compensation can be pursued through a personal injury or wrongful death claim. This is called a “third-party liability claim.”

Get Help from a Mississippi Oil Field Accident Lawyer

Our firm can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim after an oil field injury and determine whether you should be compensated for your injuries through workers’ compensation or by a third party. Get started today by contacting us and receiving a free review of your case.

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