Oilfield Accidents

Austin Oilfield Accident Attorneys

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According to the Bureau of Labor, approximately one in every 100 workers in the oil and gas industry will suffer an on-the-job injury this year. The oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous in the country, and Texas is one of the leading states in this industry. Oilfield accidents and fatality statistics have risen since the start of fracking and onshore drilling, partly due to government safety standard negligence.

If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury on the job in the oil industry, trust Briggle & Polan, PLLC with your case. Our Austin oilfield accident attorneys are real trial lawyers; we have successfully secured millions of dollars on behalf of injured Texans and we are prepared to fight for you. While we strive for fair settlements that save our clients the time and hassle of trial, we are not afraid to litigate your case in the courtroom if necessary.

Give us a call at (512) 400-3278 or contact us online today if you or your loved one was severely injured in an oilfield accident.

Common Texas Oilfield Accident Injuries

The oil and gas industry deals with heavy equipment, toxic substances, and hazardous workplace environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has regulations in place to help ensure worker safety around these conditions. Unfortunately, employers do not always follow these regulations, leading to preventable workplace accidents. Oilfield and oil rig accidents can be devastating and are often fatal or leave the worker disabled and unable to return to work.

OSHA identifies certain hazards that pose explicit risks for oil and gas workers:

  • Motor vehicle crashes, typically involving oil transport vehicles
  • Contact with other objects and falling debris
  • Fires or explosions in tanks or wells
  • Exposure to harmful toxins, chemicals, or fumes
  • Falls, slips, and trips, especially on rigs or decks
  • Improper safety equipment and guard rails

Motor vehicle crashes cause many oilfield accident deaths, where workers operate defective vehicles or fail to pay attention to where they are going. Working with heavy equipment for drilling and managing wells poses health threats, such as crushing injuries, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Toxic materials and fumes can poison workers, and shifting weather conditions can put workers at risk. No matter what type of injury you or your loved one sustained, we can help. If someone else was responsible for the accident and/or your injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional damages, and other losses.

Who Is Responsible for Oilfield Injuries?

Assigning fault for your oilfield accident injury depends on the circumstances of your case. First, identify the probable cause of your accident. Was the driver of an accident vehicle drunk? Did a faulty rig collapse? Did an improperly trained employee drop debris from above? Identifying the cause of your accident tells you who the defendant will be—a coworker, employer, manufacturer, or a combination of several negligent parties.

Due to the laws of strict liability, a co-worker’s negligence will typically be the responsibility of the employer if the employee was acting within his or her job duties at the time of the incident. If the coworker was an independent contractor, you can sue the individual but probably not the entire company. If your employer was responsible, as may be the case with an unsafe premises or improperly trained employee, your attorney can help you take the company to court. Defective equipment or parts may place liability with the manufacturer.

Filing a personal injury claim instead of a workers’ compensation claim for oilfield accident injuries can help ensure you receive the highest settlement possible. A personal injury claim holds the negligent party responsible and provides you with disability benefits (if your injury prevents you from returning to work).

Let Our Experienced Oilfield Accident Attorneys Help You Recover

Do not let someone else’s negligence go without consequence. Oil rig accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. The Austin oilfield accident lawyers at Briggle & Polan, PLLC can gather evidence surrounding your case and identify who was responsible for the accident. Our team understands OSHA regulations in the oil and gas industry, and we know the proper safety precautions your employer should be taking to prevent accidents.

If negligence was the cause of your oilfield accident injury, contact Briggle & Polan, PLLC today for comprehensive and compassionate representation.

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We've Recovered Millions

  • $1.8 Million Delivery Truck Accident

    Our client was t-boned by a large package delivery truck that was traveling in excess of 70 mph. He sustained a severe neck injury that required spinal surgery. *Net to client was $759,182.96.

  • $350 Thousand Company Truck Collision

    Our client was struck by a company truck that ran a red light at a busy intersection. *Net to client was $166,651.36.

  • $400 Thousand Company Truck Wreck

    Our client was traveling down a residential street when a company truck backed out of a driveway into the side of her vehicle. *Net to client was $110,000.

  • $100 Thousand DWI Wreck Resolved

    Our client was struck by a drunk driver in Round Rock, Texas. *Net to client was $51,113.04.

  • $115 Thousand Distracted Driver Caused Collision

    A distracted driver failed to yield the right of way to our client, causing a collision. *Net to client was $25,035.44.

  • $132 Thousand Distracted Driver

    Our client was the passenger in a vehicle struck by a distracted motorist who failed to yield the right of way at an intersection. *Net to client was $33,250.59.

  • $112.5 Thousand Truck Crash Into Building

    A company driver lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a convenience store, injuring our client in the process. *Net to client was $30,259.56.

  • $82 Thousand T-Bone Collision

    Our client had to be airlifted to the hospital as a result of a t-bone collision. *Net proceeds to client were $23,914.57.

  • $85 Thousand T-Bone Collision Resolved

    Our client was t-boned by a distracted driver who ran a stop sign and required surgery for injuries sustained. *Attorney fees and expenses totaled $30,267.51.

  • $225 Thousand Collision With A Distracted Driver Operating An 18-Wheeler

    Our client severely injured her back in the wreck and the driver did not have the required commercial driver's license needed to operate the truck. *Net proceeds to client were $89,737.54.

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