Oilfields are a dangerous place to work. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fatality rate for oil and gas extraction workers is seven times greater than any other U.S. industry. Due to the inherent dangers of oil and the complex machinery used in the profession, the risk for serious injury is high.
Those who are injured in oilfield accidents may face years of rehabilitation, mounting medical costs, and other financial burdens. A workers' compensation attorney can help those injured in oilfield accidents recover expenses and seek damages for pain and suffering. For more information about workers' compensation and oilfield accidents, contact our San Antonio, TX practice, Spencer Law Firm, PLLC.
Causes of Oilfield Injuries
Oilfields can be a dangerous place to work. People who work on oilfields are surrounded by complicated machinery and equipment, the operation of which depends on everyone being well trained.
The flammability of oil combined with the deadly gas hydrogen sulfide, which can accumulate in oil wells and tanks, can cause volatile blowouts, resulting in extensive injuries or deaths. These are not the only dangers of working in an oilfield. Some other dangers that can lead to serious injuries in oilfield accidents include:
- Defective equipment, machinery, or tools
- Exposure to toxic fumes
- Gas exposure
- Falling objects
- Poor training
- Worker negligence
- Failure to follow safety policies or procedures
- Working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Lack of supervision
- Worker distraction or inattention
- Poor communication between machine operators and workers
Types of Oilfield Injuries
There are many different types of injuries that workers can suffer from when involved in an oilfield accident. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Severe burns, including chemical burns
- Internal injuries
- Lung damage from toxic fumes
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Eye damage
Workers' Compensation and Oilfield Injuries
For many who are injured in an oilfield accident, workers' compensation is often not enough to cover the financial burden of medical expenses and lost wages. Although workers' compensation can help those who are injured recover some out-of-pocket medical costs, such hospitalization and rehabilitation, it does not compensate for other damages, like pain and suffering. In other cases, workers' compensation insurers may deny benefits or stop payments as they deem fit.
A workers' compensation attorney can help injured workers explore all legal options available in their injury case. Through the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney, it may be possible to recover compensation for damages such as lost wages, future lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact the Spencer Law Firm, PLLC
If you or a loved one have been injured in an oilfield accident, it's important to contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney to ensure you or your loved one are appropriately compensated. To learn more about your legal rights, you're encouraged to schedule an appointment with workers' compensation attorney Amanda J. Spencer.