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Mine/ Refinery Accidents

Injured in a mine or refinery accident? Rely on our Texas attorneys

Working in mines or refineries can be extremely dangerous. While many mine or refinery workers will return home healthy and safe, some workers sometimes sustain serious injuries or even fatal injuries due to the negligence of an employer or third party. Accidents big and small happen at oil refineries and chemical plants every year, resulting in catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.

In Texas, from the Eagle Ford Shale south of San Antonio to West Texas, workers face a number of risks not seen at other types of job sites. Mine and refinery workers arrive at work every day aware of the risk of mine collapse, refinery explosions, fires and exposure to toxic chemicals or contact with dangerous machinery. While it's the responsibility of all parties involved to ensure each work site meets safety standards, this is not always the case.

What to do if injured or if a loved one dies in a mine or refinery accident

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 120 deadly accidents happened in the oil and gas extraction industry in 2008. The circumstances of these accidents included transportation incidents, contact with objects and equipment, and fires and explosions. Unfortunately, these accidents happen far too frequently. Sometimes they involve slip and falls which can be more serious than an employer's insurance company may want families to believe. They also could involve chemical exposure and other incidents that could lead to permanent disabilities.

If you were injured or a loved one was injured or killed in an oil rig or well accident in Texas, you may be entitled to compensation. Accidents at industrial facilities like gas and oil refineries, mines, construction sites and anywhere other industrial workplaces can lead to the following types of serious injuries when safety regulations are ignored:

  • Burn injuries
  • Broken bones from heavy material being dropped

The Herrera Law Firm has decades of experience fighting tirelessly to protect the rights of mine and refinery workers injured in accidents. We understand you may have done nothing wrong to cause your accident. We understand oil companies, insurance providers and their teams of attorneys often fight to prove otherwise. That's why you should contact us.