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What are the different types of oil field accidents?

Injured? Get a San Antonio oil field accident lawyer in your corner.

Texas oil rig workers can get hurt in a lot of different ways. If you’ve been injured in a work accident, it’s critical you have an experienced San Antonio oil rig accident lawyer from the Herrera Law Firm in your corner to advocate for your best interests and get the compensation you’re entitled to. Don’t wait to take action. Let our oil rig accident attorneys get started on your case right away. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Our lawyers have decades of experience handling complex cases. As a result, we thoroughly understand how the legal system works in Texas. That’s why we have a strong track record of success handling different types of oil rig accidents, including:

If you were injured in a Texas oil rig accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Our legal team can help you determine the best course of action. That way, you can get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Don’t underestimate the severity of your accident. A neck injury or chronic back pain can 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 the job forever. More serious injuries, like a head injury or burn injury from an explosion or electrical fire, can lead to permanent disability.

Our legal team can also investigate your accident and determine if third-party liability exists (when someone other than your employer is liable in the accident). Contact us today for a free consultation.

Types of oil field accidents

Common oil field accidents that may result in injury 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. If you were injured in an accident involving a blowout preventer, contact our law firm right away.

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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.

A worker can sustain a serious injury in a flash while working on or near a derrick. A fall can lead to broken bones, fractures or debilitating injuries, like spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injuries. Injury victims need a strong legal advocate to help recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, and other damages. The lawyers from our San Antonio law firm fight hard for the compensation victims deserve.

In an oil derrick accident, like any other on-the-job accident, someone other than the employer may be legally responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys will examine the circumstances surrounding your 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 devastating injury or even death, which could be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Discover how our legal team can help you. Contact us today so we can get started on your case.

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Eagle Ford Shale Accidents

The Eagle Ford Shale, located in South Texas, is a layer of dense rock that is a valuable source of oil and gas. Oil and gas companies constantly create new exploratory wells in the shale stone to release the natural gas deposits.

Home to hundreds of active operators in a 30-county area, the Eagle Ford Shale region is located to the south of San Antonio, with workers traveling from all over the state to work in any number of counties, including Dimmitt, McMullen, Atascosa, Karnes, DeWitt and Gonzalez counties.

At the Herrera Law Firm, our experienced legal team understands how important this drilling work is to the local economy. We also realize how dangerous these jobs can be. The process used to extract oil and natural gas – horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (hydro-fracking) – sometimes results in explosions, fires and accidents involving cranes, construction vehicles, and heavy equipment.

If you or a loved one was injured in an Eagle Ford Shale accident, the lawyers from our San Antonio law firm can help you hold the drilling company accountable. We also handle wrongful death claims, including cases involving fatalities in the Eagle Ford energy sector. We have experience handling these types of cases, and our law firm knows how to get results.

In many cases, accidents at the Eagle Ford Shale can be traced back to the negligence of companies or a third party working at the same site. Companies sometimes hire inexperienced workers who put others in dangers. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Make sure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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