Dallas Oilfield Explosion & Rig Fire Attorneys
Oilfield & Oil Rig Accidents in Texas & Throughout the United States
Every day, oilfield and oil rig workers face numerous dangers on the job. Sadly, oilfield explosions and rig fires are some of the most common workplace accidents within the industry—and the consequences are often deadly.
When an oil industry tragedy does occur, it is important to have someone on your side who is experienced with investigating the cause and liability of the accident. The trial attorneys of Lyons & Simmons, LLP have extensive experience navigating complex oilfield and oil rig accident sites, moving quickly to preserve crucial evidence and aggressively pursuing justice for those who are killed or suffer severe bodily injury. With a background that includes litigation involving the worst oil field incident in Oklahoma history, our firm has earned a national reputation for holding those responsible accountable for their actions. Not only do we secure maximum recovery for the injured, but also push for changes so that others do not fall victim to the same workplace policies and practices.
Common Causes of Oilfield & Oil Rig Explosions & Fires
Although oilfield and rig workers understand the inherent dangers of their work and know the necessary safety procedures to follow to limit risks, most accidents are preventable.
Some of the most common causes of oilfield and oil rig explosions and fires include:
- OSHA violations
- BOEM violations
- Defective equipment
- Poor maintenance
- Improper supervision
- Inadequate training
- Negligent hiring
- Unsafe drilling procedures
Although proper safety standards are paramount on oilfields and oil rigs, many companies create workplace environments that put pressure on employees to meet quarterly quotas and increase earnings. As a result, caution often falls by the wayside as employees are pressured to work long hours. When fatigued workers operate heavy machinery and other types of industrial equipment, simple mistakes can occur—but these “simple” mistakes can have disastrous consequences.
Who Is Liable for Oilfield Explosions & Rig Fires?
When you are injured due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person, company, or entity, you typically have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party and seek financial compensation for your damages. However, in cases involving oilfield and oil rig accidents, the issue of liability becomes very complex.
In some cases, injured workers may be covered by workers’ compensation. This is a no-fault system that allows you to seek benefits regardless of who or what caused the accident. However, Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and many do not. This can make it difficult for injured workers to recover compensation after an on-the-job accident, as they are required to bring a standard personal injury claim, meaning they must prove that their employer or another third party was negligent.
That being said, oil rig workers are generally protected by the Jones Act. Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act protects maritime workers who are harmed due to employer negligence. For example, if your employer required you to work under unsafe conditions, and you were injured in an oil rig explosion or fire as a result, you could have grounds to file a claim against your employer under the Jones Act.
Our oilfield explosions and rig fires attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free, no-obligation consultation.
We are well-versed in various state and federal laws regarding these types of accidents and can help you fight to protect your rights. We also understand the devastating impact of oilfield and oil rig injuries, which is why our team provides compassionate, personalized attention and support throughout the legal process.
We offer free consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you hire our attorneys. Instead, we only collect legal fees if/when we recover compensation for you.
Our firm can help you seek maximum compensation for your damages, possibly including but not limited to:
- All current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and trauma
- Lost income/wages, including future earnings
- Lost or reduced earning capacity/disability
- Lost quality of life
- Disfigurement and inconvenience
- Wrongful death damages, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, and more
If you or a loved one were involved in an oil field explosion or rig fire, our team of award-winning attorneys are ready to fight on your behalf.