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Common Causes of Oilfield Accident Injuries

At Hilliard Law, our attorneys are committed to helping oilfield workers hold negligent parties fully accountable for the losses they have endured. Our experienced legal team has a proven track record of successfully protecting our client's rights and interests and is ready to apply our experience and skills to your case.

Working on an oilfield is one of the most dangerous careers in the Lone Star State. Oilfield workers are exposed to deadly chemicals, heavy machinery, and explosion risks daily. Oilfield accidents occur all too frequently and can leave victims with life-altering injuries. To make matters worse, many of these severe accidents result from negligence.

If you have been injured in a Texas oilfield accident, you need a knowledgeable and hardworking attorney on your side. At Hilliard Law, our team of experienced lawyers has been helping oilfield accident victims for over 36 years. We are committed to taking a personalized approach to every case so that our client’s unique needs are addressed with experience and care. When you work with us, you can rest assured that you have a tireless advocate in your corner.

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5 Leading Causes of Texas Oilfield Accident Injuries

While countless factors can cause oilfield accidents, many fall under similar categories.

Some common causes of Texas oilfield accidents include the following:

Slips and Falls:  Slip-and-fall accidents can be deadly for oilfield employees. Errant electrical cords or spilled materials can lead workers to lose their footing and suffer severe injuries. In more extreme cases, an individual may fall from an elevated rig and experience grave health complications such as paralysis or traumatic brain injuries.

Improper Training: Since oilfield workers are in such high demand, many may be sent out to work on a site without adequate training. Due to the many hazards present on an oilfield, every employee must be trained on essential safety procedures. If these procedures are neglected, a worker may injure themselves or others on the worksite.

Falling Equipment: The machinery and equipment on an oilfield are extremely heavy and complex. If this equipment is not maintained correctly, it may fall and crush an unsuspecting employee. Falling equipment often causes life-altering injuries and can leave victims facing a long and arduous road to recovery.

Poisoning: Oilfields are often home to toxic gasses that can collect in areas with poor ventilation. Hydrogen sulfide, also known as sour gas, is a leading cause of sudden death on an oilfield. In higher concentrations, the affected individual may lose the ability to recognize the smell of the gas and may pass away without even knowing they were exposed. Nausea is an early symptom of hydrogen sulfide poisoning. If you begin to feel nauseated on an oilfield, leave the area immediately and seek medical attention.

Fires and Explosions: In addition to being poisonous, hydrogen sulfide is also highly flammable. A large and lethal explosion may occur if the gas is pressurized and ignited by a spark. Unfortunately, toxic gas is not the only fire hazard on an oilfield. Improperly maintained equipment may also cause fires and explosions. These accidents can be severe on an oilfield where the abundance of flammable materials makes fires challenging to extinguish.

Discuss Your Case With a Trusted Oilfield Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a Texas oilfield accident, an experienced attorney can advise you of your legal options and help you determine the best path forward. At Hilliard Law, our oilfield accident attorneys are committed to helping oilfield workers hold negligent parties fully accountable for the losses they have endured. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of successfully protecting our client’s rights and interests and is ready to apply our experience and skills to your case.

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