Experienced Oilfield Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Workers
Several Oklahoma energy companies have increased their drilling budgets and rig counts in 2017, as stronger oil prices and increased production are expected to boost their revenues. Overall, that’s good news for oil and gas industry workers; however, oilfield accidents often happen when safety takes a back seat to meeting demand. Inadequate training, insufficient safeguards, poorly maintained equipment, and rushed activities combine to increase the frequency of oilfield accidents and serious injuries.
At Levinson Law, P.C., we practice both personal injury and oil and gas law, making us exceptionally qualified to litigate oilfield accident and injury lawsuits. We understand the oil and gas industry and have the resources to go up against the largest and most powerful corporations in Oklahoma. Oilfield workers are a tough lot doing very dangerous jobs every day—that’s par for the course. But when disregard for proper safety protocols makes these jobs even more dangerous, and accidents and injuries occur, those responsible should be held accountable.
Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents & Injuries
Oil and gas industry jobs are more dangerous than most other industrial jobs due to the peaks and valleys in oil and gas prices. As the cost of oil rises and falls, companies accelerate and put the brakes on oil production quick and hard. When demand is high, and the pedal is to the metal, there are increased quotas to meet, and everyone who works in the industry, from rig hands to drill operators to drivers transporting oil and equipment, feels the pressure to get as much done as possible as fast as possible. In this high-stakes, high-stress environment, accidents will occur. However, many of these accidents and the severity of the resulting injuries could be prevented if proper safety procedures were followed and enforced. Common circumstances giving rise to oilfield accidents and injuries include:
- Explosions and fires
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Collapsed work rigs and decks
- Falls from extreme heights
- Falling objects
- Oil and gas truck accidents
- Equipment and machinery malfunctions
- Defective equipment
- Falling objects
- Slips and falls
- Insufficient training
- Lack of proper safety protocols
- Failure to provide adequate safety gear
- Lack of supervision on the jobsite
With the inherently fast-paced and hazardous nature of oilfield work, workers must have a steady focus, properly functioning equipment, and adequate safety gear. Oilfield workers who are not provided with sufficient training, well-maintained equipment, and protective safeguards can become a liability to both themselves and other workers, as even minor mistakes can lead to massive disasters affecting multiple people. Injuries may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, burns, amputations, disfigurement, broken limbs, eye injuries, and hearing loss.
When tragedy strikes at an oilfield, oil and gas companies will do their best to quickly settle with victims and their families to minimize the impact on their profits. While it may seem genuine and heartfelt for them to offer you compensation, rest assured they have a team of lawyers doing everything in their power to make sure they pay you and your family as little as possible. Do not allow yourself to be the victim of an oil company’s revenue-driven mentality twice by accepting a settlement offer below what you need and deserve. By preparing your case for litigation, we can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Speak to an Experienced Tulsa Oilfield Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an oilfield accident in Oklahoma, please contact Levinson Law, P.C. to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Tulsa oilfield accident attorneys. There is no case, injury, or opponent too big for us to handle.