Working in the oil fields can be dangerous and, in many cases, fatal. Workers may lose their lives or suffer catastrophic injuries requiring lifelong medical treatment, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At Danziger & De Llano, we know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one or have a loved one seriously injured in an oilfield explosion.
Dangers of Oilfield Work
On any given day, those who work in oil fields are exposed to an alarming number of hazards. Because oil field work includes the use of heavy machinery and equipment, there are increased risks of injury or fatality from the operation of these machines. There are also increased incidents of falls (e.g. from catwalks or large tanks), toxic gas exposure, chemical burns and fires.
The typical workday for an oil field worker may include exposure to a wide range of toxic chemicals and gases, electrical hazards, heavy equipment with large moving parts, numerous types of vehicles, hand tools (both mechanical and standard), and extraordinary amounts of highly-flammable oil.
Risks of Oil Field Explosions
The most common hazard of oil field work is the risk of explosion. Because much of the machinery used in oil field work is highly pressurized, combined with the fact that there are electrical tools and equipment, along with the inescapable fact that oil itself is flammable, the potential for explosion is extremely high.
Add this to the exorbitant amount of oil in these fields, and the result is: an almost endless supply of fuel for both high-powered explosions and long-burning fires.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics began reporting oil field and oil rig fatalities in 2003. Since then, the rates of oil field fatalities has risen each year, including 2012. In 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 138 people died in oil and gas extraction field occupations.
Since the statistics began being reported, the number of fatalities has stayed at more than 100 fatalities per year in oil and gas extraction field occupations, bringing the total to more than 1,000 since 2003 alone. The highest number of fatalities was in 2006 with 125 deaths.
Increased Employment Has Lead to More Fatalities
The oil and gas industries have grown in the last several years, with more than 162,000 jobs being added between 2007 and 2012, resulting in a 40% increase. Because of this huge increase in employment of oil and gas workers, the rate of fatalities in this industry will increase.
This means more workers will be injured and lose their lives, as a direct result of accidents. Because the potential for oil field explosions is so high, the number of workers seeking assistance with their oil field lawsuit will increase, as well.
Lifelong Medical Costs
For those who are injured in oil field explosions, there may be years of difficult and painful recovery ahead of them.
Many oil field explosion victims suffer from extensive burns to large amounts of their bodies, resulting in the need for extensive skin graft surgery, physical therapy, and sometimes specialized prosthetics and medical equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches.
Healthcare Insurance Issues
Although some workers may have medical insurance, many healthcare companies only cover a portion of these needs and expenses for co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket coverage may add up very quickly.
For many injured workers and their families, waiting around for reimbursement that may never come is not option. At Danziger & De Llano, we know that getting payment for medical expenses is one of the most important factors of an oil field lawsuit.
Highly Specialized Lawsuits
Oil field explosions are the result of several factors coming together at the same time, resulting in a catastrophic explosion that can cause a great deal of damage to machinery, equipment, and workers.
In order for you or your loved one to receive the justice you deserve, it is crucial to have an attorney on your side who knows the specialized requirements this type of lawsuit may call for. The information regarding oil field explosions may include complicated technical information that requires a scientifically proficient legal team.
We Can Help You Today
At Danziger & De Llano, we have 20 years of experience handling oil field explosion lawsuits. We know what it takes to provide competent, experienced legal assistance to clients who have been injured or have loved ones who lost their lives in an oil field explosion.
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