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Waco Oil Field Accidents/Pipeline Explosions

oil field accident - pipeline explosionAccording to a State Impact Report on the Oil Industry, Texas is the leading crude oil producer in the United States, accounting for 22 percent of crude oil production in the nation and approximately two million jobs in the state of Texas. The oil and gas industry is an important and lucrative sector of the Texas economy. Unfortunately, the industry, by its nature, is one of the most hazardous industries to work in. Workers in the industry are at risk of catastrophic injuries or even death from the chemicals, processes, and equipment used in the industry. If you are one of the hundreds of people injured or affected by an accident in the oil industry, you need a pipeline and oil field accident lawyer with experience to help you get compensation for all your losses. Craft Law Firm has a long track record of successfully representing victims of oil field accidents. A Waco personal injury attorney is ready to take your case.

  • We believe that each case is the most important event in each of our client’s lives. We understand that. We live it with the client, and we treat it accordingly.
  • We have taken on some of the largest companies in the world, including energy giants and automotive manufacturers.
  • We prepare each case for trial and are always courtroom-ready.

We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so we never charge a fee unless we win. Call us today at 713-225-0500 for a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our compassionate attorneys.

Common Oil Field Injuries

The combination of large equipment, high pressure oil and gas pipes, and chemicals used in the oil and gas industry results in the large incidence of catastrophic injuries in the industry. A catastrophic injury is any severe injury which has potentially life-altering consequences for the victim. Catastrophic injuries can result in:

  • Second or third degree burns over more than half of the victim’s body, face, or limbs
  • Loss of or diminished function of one or more vital organs of the body
  • A coma or vegetative state
  • Loss or amputation of a major part of an extremity of the body such as the arms or legs
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of cognitive function

Who is Responsible for Your Injury?

The oil and gas industry operates with collaboration from diverse professional expertise. The use of contractors and sub-contractors to provide skills and labor in oil fields is a very common practice in the industry. When an employee of a contractor or subcontractor is injured working for an oil company, it can be complicated to determine who to hold responsible for the injury. There may be multiple parties to hold responsible and an experienced Waco oil field accident lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve from all the parties responsible.

Every person is expected to act with a level of care to avoid causing harm to others. People owe others in certain relationships a duty of care to avoid causing them any harm that is reasonably foreseeable. For example, employers owe their employees a duty of care to provide a safe work environment, with safe equipment to do their work; product manufacturers owe their consumers a duty of care to ensure that their products are not defective; building owners have a duty to ensure that their property is safe for occupiers of the property; and all road users have a duty to other road users to avoid accidents. When that duty of care is breached and the breach results in injury that was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the breach, the injured victim can get compensation for any losses they suffered from their injuries.

When an employer entrusts work to an independent contractor, as is common in the oil and gas industry, but they retain control of any part of the work, they can be held responsible for injuries suffered by others to whom they owe a duty of care, which is caused by the employer’s failure to exercise their control with reasonable care. When a general contractor exercises control over a subcontractor’s work, the general contractor may be held responsible for failure to exercise reasonable care in supervising the subcontractor’s activities. A Waco workplace injury attorney can help determine fault.

If you are an employee of an oil servicing company and you are injured in an oil field accident, you may find yourself in a complex situation trying to establish who to hold responsible for your accident. Having a lawyer in your corner can make things a lot simpler for you. An experienced lawyer will be able to assess your situation and identify the parties that are legally responsible for your injuries. Identifying and pursuing all parties responsible for your injuries in a timely manner is very important so that you do not lose the opportunity to hold them accountable.

How Much Compensation Can I get?

You may be wondering how much compensation you can get for your injury. Although a lawyer cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific amount in compensation for your injury, an experienced Waco oil field accident lawyer with a track record of success can rely on their past successes to estimate how much compensation you can expect based on your particular circumstances.

If successful, you can expect to get compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses are those tangible losses that can easily be calculated based on such evidence as medical bills, invoices, past and future lost wages, and cost of continued medical care. Non-economic losses, on the other hand, are subjective losses and are more challenging to establish. Non-economic losses include such things as pain and suffering, loss of joy in living, and, in wrongful death cases where the victim of an accident dies, mental and emotional anguish for the survivors of the deceased.

Waco Oil Field Accident Lawyer

Your lawyer will have access to experts such as economists who can evaluate different factors to estimate your economic and non-economic losses. They will also have access to technical experts who are knowledgeable in oil and gas industry standards who can establish whether the behavior and actions of those who owed you a duty of care were reasonable in the circumstances.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one to an oil field accident or pipeline explosion, you should contact a Waco oil field accident lawyer as soon as possible. The oil companies have lawyers working hard to protect their interests, and so should you. Your lawyer will help you fight your legal case so that you can focus on your recovery and adjusting to your new normal.

At Craft Law Firm our goal is to welcome each client as part of our Craft Law Firm family both during and after their cases, and help them navigate what has become the new normal in their lives.

Our experienced attorneys are here to help you. If you have been injured in an oil field accident or pipeline explosion and you don’t know where to start, call us at 713-225-0500 for a free consultation.