Work in the oil and gas industries can be extremely lucrative. Across Texas, above-average salaries, generous benefits packages, and the opportunity to work away from the confines of a traditional office setting draw tens of thousands of workers to the oil fields.
But as any experienced hand knows, working in this industry can be very dangerous. Oil and Gas workers in the United States suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries on job sites at rates that are as much as seven times higher than the average of all other professions.
Oil and gas companies often sacrifice worker safety for speed and profits
Oil companies have raked in large profits from the Texas oil boom. Unfortunately, in an effort to fill their employment and production needs, many oil and gas companies put pressure on their workers to speed up production, hire inexperienced employees or require unsafe working hours.
The combination of insufficient safeguards, the inherent dangers of the industry and green hands can lead to tragic results. In 2014, 4,679 people were killed while on the job in US, and 142 of those individuals were oil and gas workers. This is a startling statistic when one considers that the oil and gas industry employs less than one percent of the US workforce.
This problem is only made worse by the fact that most oil and gas companies try to avoid accountability and responsibility when these accidents occur. While the injured worker is in the hospital, the company is investigating and collecting evidence.
The company and its insurance carrier will also send injured workers to doctors who will put the interest of the company before the patient. At Sutliff & Stout, we have seen many examples of this bad behavior of companies treating their workers unfairly.
This guide is designed to help oil and gas workers understand their rights and explains what to do in the event of a serious oil field accident. This guide first details the types of serious injuries and accidents that typically occur in the patch.
It then provides the various steps you should take after an accident and why, in some cases, it is important to speak with an experienced trial lawyer about your situation. Finally, this guide addresses some frequently asked questions about oil and gas accidents.
Being injured on a job site can be an overwhelming experience, and many oil and gas workers do not fully understand their rights after an accident. While this guide provides helpful information to oil and gas workers and their loved ones, it is not a substitute for getting legal advice from an experienced attorney who has handled oil and gas claims.
Being represented by a lawyer who has successfully handled personal injury cases against oil and gas companies and other responsible parties, offers you the best chance of getting fair compensation for your injuries.