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 Martinez Gonzales LLP 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.

How the Oilfield Injury Lawyers at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP Can Help Your Claim

If you have been injured in a devastating oilfield accident, rely on the experience of the skilled legal team at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP. We’ve tried many on-shore and off-shore oilfield cases and have 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 negotiations or by taking your case to trial.

The following are the frequent types of oilfield injury lawsuits in Texas:

Land-rig Explosion Accidents

If you work in a Texas oilfield, it may not come as a surprise that you have one of the most unsafe 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 accident
  • Improper maintenance

If you have been injured in a Texas lang-rig explosion accident, speak to an experienced oilfield injury lawyer at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP. for a complimentary assessment of your claim and legal guidance regarding your best steps forward. If you have a case, we will do an intensive investigation into the incident to obtain evidence of manufacturer or employer negligence. Let us fight for the compensation you deserve for your substantial losses.

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.

With 12 hours of exhausting labor, combustible substances, and heavy machinery, working on an oil rig is 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 LLP. are here to 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. We fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.

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.

There are three types of blowouts that may occur:

  • Surface blowouts: The extensive force of this blowout is enough to damage the vessel and crew aboard the rig. Debris and other substances from this type of blowout can be ablaze upon ejection and set the surroundings on fire, and are difficult to extinguish.
  • Subsea blowouts: Subsea blowouts are dangerous because they occur on the seabed, and wells can range up to 10,000 feet.
  • Underground blowouts: This type of blowout does severe damage to the environment and workers.

If you were substantially injured due to a blowout accident, speak to an experienced blowout accident attorney for a chance to seek compensation for your severe injuries.

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, cause 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, t is caused due to 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. If you have been harmed in a pipeline explosion caused by negligence, speak to an experienced pipeline explosion accident lawyer at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP.

Potential Compensation in an Oilfield Injury Lawsuit

If you have been severely injured in an oilfeld accident due to the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to damages. Like any other work environment, your employer owes you a safe work environment. 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 will be able to work with you to assess the monetary value of your claim and conduct an investigation into the incident that caused your substantial losses. We will work to obtain valuable evidence to prove liability and build a strategic case on your behalf.

Speak to an Experienced Oilfield Injury Lawyer at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP.

If you have been substantially injured in a Texas oilfield injury accident, the experienced attorneys at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP can help you hold the oil company accountable for their negligence that led to your accident. We will aggressively fight for the lawful justice you deserve, either through settlement negotiations or taking your case to trial.

Attorney Robert Hilliard has over 35 years of experience practicing oilfield injury law and has earned national recognition for high-profile cases and awards such as The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. Call us today for a no-cost consultation of your claim at (361) 882-1612 or fill out our contact form.

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