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As the oil and gas industry continues to grow across the globe, thousands of Americans are able to fill a wide range of positions within this industry. The rich oilfields of Texas are among the most fruitful in the country, yielding up to a quarter of the nations oil production each year. Unfortunately, this consistent market and demand for workers also contributes a relatively high number of injuries and fatalities on the job.
According to statistics listed by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the oil industry reported seven times more fatalities between 2003 to 2010 than any other industry. Many factors contribute to this alarming number, including the presence of hazardous chemicals and dangerous machinery in the field, as well as the rigorous work schedule held by many employees.
Incidents such as these can lead to a wide range of injuries, ranging from mild burns to severe bone damage and even death. Safety measures can be taken to prevent accidents and to mitigate the damages resulting from inevitable situations, with many of these regulations are required by OSHA. Safety equipment plays an important role in these preventative steps. Hardhats, safety glasses, gloves, boots, and other items are essential in protecting workers, and supervisors must stress the importance of properly maintaining and utilizing safety gear.
Even a seemingly minor oilfield injury can come with a host of financial burdens. Victims and their families may be shouldered with the cost of hospital visits, medications, physical therapy, special equipment, and other necessary medical treatment. Although workers compensation may cover some of these burdens, it is important to understand what options are available to you before accepting any payments. For those who are not covered by workers compensation, the only way to obtain compensation is through filing a personal injury lawsuits.
More than one party may be at fault for an oil field accident, and determining liability can be challenging. Experienced Texas oilfield accident lawyers can be invaluable in helping you to analyze the details of your case. Adame Garza LLP can review your unique situation and determine the liable parties involved in the incident, as well as how much compensation may be needed to mitigate all of the costs resulting from the accident. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.