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Types of Oil Field Accidents

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Oil rig workers can get injured in many different ways. If you were injured, or a loved one was injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At The Herrera Law Firm, we have experience with many different types of oil field accident cases. If you are injured, it's important to find a knowledgeable Texas oil field accident lawyer. For a free consultation, call 1-800-455-1054. Click on the following links to learn about the topics below:

A neck injury or chronic back pain as a result of an oil rig accident may leave you unable to work or support your family. Even a non-life threatening oil field injury to the hand or shoulder may keep you off your job forever. More serious injuries such as a head injury or burn injury from an explosion or electrical fire can lead to permanent disability or even death, which may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

We can investigate the accident and determine if third-party liability exists (when someone other than your employer is liable in the accident).

Types of oil field accidents

Common oil field accidents that may result include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Electrocution
  • Collapsed rigs
  • Oil truck accidents
  • Defective machinery injuries
  • Toxic fumes exposure

Blowout Preventer Accidents

The BP Deepwater Horizon accident resulted in the death of 11 people in the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 2010. The tragic accident led to a massive oil spill and the shutdown of commercial fishing for months. It turned out a pipe dislodged and blocked portions of the blowout preventer from closing properly.

The disaster at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has raised many questions about the safety of blowout preventers on oil rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore workers deserve to work in a safe environment. Blowout preventer accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries, including burns, traumatic brain injuries and even fatal injuries that may result in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Blowout preventers (BOPs) are devices that use a series of rams, valves and shearing blades to close off subsea wells if oil and gas from deep below the seabed starts spewing out. As the Deepwater Horizon tragedy illustrates, the failure of a blowout preventer can have tragic consequences.

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Derrick Accidents

Oil derrick workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. They risk falling from great heights (a derrick may stand hundreds of feet from the ground). Furthermore, workers on the ground may get struck by falling equipment or debris.

If you were injured in a derrick accident, contact us today. For a free case review, call 1-800-455-1054. Our experienced oil field accident attorneys in Texas know how to put decades of experience, extensive knowledge and resources to work for clients who have sustained serious injuries.

Serious injuries in derrick accidents

A worker can sustain a catastrophic injury in a flash while working on or near a derrick. A fall can lead to broken bones or fractures or debilitating injuries such as spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injuries. Injury victims may need a strong legal advocate to help recover compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy and other losses. Our lawyers fight hard for the compensation our clients deserve.

In a job accident, someone other than the employer may be liable for injuries. We will examine the circumstances of the accident to see if any third party claims are necessary. Workers on derricks must rely on safety equipment. Any type of flaw or defect in the equipment can lead to a catastrophic injury or even death, which could be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

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