U.S. oil production is returning to the highest levels in recent history, and the number of workers needed to maintain drilling is increasing. With the increased workforce heading to the oil fields to seek crude oil, shale oil, gas and other minerals, the number of injuries sustained in this dangerous profession is expected to grow.
While the oil industry may be extremely profitable, it creates an extremely dangerous work environment for Louisiana oil workers. Oilfield accidents are common, although usually are not so severe as to be covered by the media in the proportions that an environmental disaster like the BP oil spill was. Injuries on an oil rig can occur under many circumstances, but can cause life-altering damage and may render an oil worker unable to continue in the profession.
If you or a loved one has been injured while working on a Louisiana oil rig, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you have suffered, including medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. The attorneys at Simien & Simien have earned a reputation throughout many parts of the country for effective litigation, and have the legal resources and expertise to staunchly defend your rights.
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Common Causes of Oil Field Accidents
Oil rigs and oilfields are equipped with industrial equipment that has the potential to inflict serious personal injury if used improperly or a malfunction occurs. Hydraulic fracking and other extraction methods create an immense amount of pressure that can damage or disable equipment, potentially causing catastrophic injury to the workers using the machinery.
Some common causes of oilfield accidents include:
- Equipment failure
- Fire and explosions
- Drilling malfunctions
- Poor communication between workers
- Inadequate training
- Insufficient safeguards
- Fast-paced environment
- Violations of safety procedures and policies
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the governing agency that creates and maintains safety guidelines for oil rigs and other industries; however, despite these safeguards, mishaps still occur when guidelines are ignored or a drilling company prioritizes profits over safety.
Types of Oil Rig Injuries
Drilling for oil is an extremely dangerous job due to the physical requirements, isolated locations and major equipment involved. In most cases, the injuries that result are catastrophic, life-altering and permanent, making oil rig injuries typically more devastating than the usual workers’ compensation claim.
Some injuries commonly sustained on a Louisiana oilfield:
- Orthopedic damage
- Back and neck trauma
- Loss of limb
- Internal trauma
- Slips, trips and falls
- Lung irritation
- Skin inflammation
- Eye trauma
- Chemical exposure
Although it is not always possible for an oil field worker to prevent an injury, it is possible to decrease the likelihood of being hurt by focusing on your task while staying aware of the environment around you, including the actions of others. It is also essential for all employees to be aware of emergency exit procedures – especially those working in confined areas.
Contact Our Louisiana Oilfield Accident Law Firm
Injuries sustained in oilfield accidents are usually devastating, requiring physical rehabilitation and thousands or more in medical expenses, and often causing mental and emotional stress. In many cases, an injured oil worker’s family suffers too, not only due to a loss of income, but the stressors of providing home care as well.
The legal professionals at Simien & Simien aggressively pursue justice for those injured in oil field accidents in Louisiana and can assist in the entire process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Our success is a result of experience, consistency and a dedication to continuing education, research and upholding ethical standards. We have represented thousands of clients throughout many parts of the country through our Louisiana offices, and proudly serve the following communities:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- …and oil rig workers in many parts of the country
We are here to offer you the legal guidance you deserve. Call us today at (800) 374-8422 to begin your free consultation, discuss your legal options with our knowledgeable representatives and find out how we can help.
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