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Texas Oilfield Injury Lawsuits

The oil and gas industry is booming and oilfield accidents are on the rise, too. We know that oilfield work is dangerous. If you have been injured in the oilfield, call us today.

The Texas oilfield industry is one of the most dangerous due to the heavy machinery, toxic substances, and prevalent risk of explosions and fires. When someone works in an oilfield, they are susceptible to fatal injury, especially if negligence is present. Texas is home to the majority of oil rigs in the US, which means that injuries and fatalities are frequent and have a lasting, devastating impact on a worker’s daily life.

The legal team at Hilliard Law is dedicated to fighting oil companies that value profit over worker safety. 

If you have been severely injured due to another individual’s negligence while working on a Texas oilfield, let us aggressively advocate for the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How the Oilfield Injury Lawyers at Hilliard Law Can Help

The skilled legal team at Hilliard Law has decades of experience helping clients injured in on-shore and off-shore oilfield cases and has the insight to quickly determine what failures caused the accident. We will fight for you every step of the way to recover the compensation you deserve for your severe losses, either with aggressive negotiation or by taking your case to trial.

Types of Oilfield Injury Lawsuits in Texas

Land-Rig Explosions

Working in a Texas oilfield is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. The oil drilling process involves highly-volatile materials, and equipment may malfunction and short-circuit without warning. This may create the perfect storm for a land-rig explosion. Various factors may cause land-rig explosion accidents:

  • Pipeline transport error
  • Gas truck accidents
  • Improper maintenance

At Hilliard Law, we have experience assisting clients injured in Texas land-rig explosion accidents. If you retain us, we will do an intensive investigation into the incident to obtain evidence of manufacturer or employer negligence.

Drilling Rig Accidents

The Texas state economy employs both on-shore and off-shore workers for crude petroleum exploration, drilling, and well completion. It also employs workers to operate machines designed to prepare oil up to the point of shipment to a refinery. Unfortunately, good workers are often severely injured on the job due to unsafe practices, inadequate training, negligence, and equipment malfunctions.

The combination of long and exhausting hours, combustible substances, and heavy machinery make working on an oil rig extremely dangerous. The following are common causes of drilling rig accidents in Texas:

  • Sparks igniting flammable liquids and starting explosions
  • Hands or feet getting trapped in machinery
  • Equipment failing because of improper maintenance
  • Well blowouts, oil rig explosions, land rig explosions, and fires in production tanks
  • Being hit by swinging pipes, casing, or cables
  • Getting crushed by loads of cargo or heavy equipment
  • Severe falls from derricks, unsecured ladders, platforms, hoists, or slippery stairways

If you were injured in a Texas drilling rig accident, the attorneys at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales can help. We ensure that workers and their families obtain the medical care and support they need following an on-shore or off-shore drilling accident.

Blowout Accidents

During off-shore drilling, serious issues can occur in the event that pressure is not properly monitored, resulting in pressure changes that allow the flow of combustible hydrocarbons; if the flow is not promptly controlled or stopped, it can ignite and cause a blowout. Three types of blowouts that may occur:

  • Surface blowouts: The force of a surface blowout may be severe enough to damage the vessel and crew aboard the rig. Debris and other substances from this type of blowout can set the surroundings on fire, and are difficult to extinguish.
  • Sub-sea blowouts: Sub-sea blowouts are dangerous because they occur on the seabed, and wells can range up to 10,000 feet.
  • Underground blowouts: The strength of underground blowouts may severely damage the environment and injure nearby workers.

Gas Truck Accidents

Drilling companies use gas trucks to transport their product. Gas trucks are large commercial vehicles that hold tons of flammable and toxic materials. When a truck is poorly maintained or not maintained at all, it can cause severe accidents, burn injuries, and death from explosions.

Pipeline Explosion Accidents

Pipelines are the preferred way for companies to transport their product quickly and cost-efficiently. However, deadly explosions occur due to the materials being transported, their age, and their visibility. When pipelines explode, often the rupture is caused by a company’s failure to adequately maintain and update its systems. Texas pipeline explosions may be caused by the following:

  • Faulty pipelines and safety equipment
  • Negligence in responding to reports of a gas leak
  • Inadequately trained pipeline workers or excavators
  • Neglecting to check for pipelines before excavation
  • Unacceptable pipeline installation
  • Old meters, gas lines, joints, gas mains, and pipelines
  • Poor maintenance of pipeline systems

Texas pipeline accidents can be prevented with proper implementation of safety regulations and a commitment to diligence. 

Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you have sustained injuries in any type of Texas oilfield injury accident, the experienced attorneys at Hilliard Law can help you hold the oil company accountable. If we take your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win.

Call us at (866) 927-3420 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation. 

Real Results ReaL Justice

  • $25
    Million Verdict
    Negligent Security

    In May 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney who obtained a $25 million jury verdict in a premises liability case in Nueces County, Texas. His client, a security guard for a downtown Corpus Christi building, was severely beaten while at work.

  • $18
    Million Verdict*
    Wrongful Death

    After only 3 days of trial, a San Patricio County, Texas jury returned a returned a record-breaking $18 million verdict, including $10 million in punitive damages, on behalf of our client, the widow of a trucker and handyman, who died after falling through a roof.

  • $13
    Million Settlement
    Catastrophic Injury

    Hilliard Law attorneys won a $13M settlement for a crane truck operator who was paralyzed in a workplace accident.

  • $11.5
    Million Settlement
    Catastrophic Injury

    Hilliard Law attorneys achieved a $11.5M settlement for a man who sustained burn injuries in a workplace accident.

  • $10
    Million Settlement
    Catastrophic Injury

    While working at a chemical facility, our client was instructed by the owner to climb to the top of a vessel to install spacers on a pipe when he was suddenly and without warning exposed to high concentrations of deadly chemical gases, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide.

  • $6.4
    Million Verdict
    Hip Injury

    As lead trial lawyer, Mr. Hilliard successfully represented a 90-year-old Corpus Christi woman who was injured when a hospital’s sliding door closed on her, crushing her hip.

Potential Compensation in an Oilfield Injury Lawsuit

If you have been severely injured in an oilfield accident due to the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to damages. As in any other work environment, your employer has a duty to maintain a safe work environment. By filing an oilfield injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

A Texas oilfield injury lawyer can work with you to assess the monetary value of your claim and investigate the incident that caused your injury. If you have been harmed in an explosion, speak to an experienced oilfield accident lawyer at Hilliard Law.

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