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Oilfield Injury Lawyer

There are numerous injuries and fatalities in the oilfield each year. Our law firm has handled numerous significant West Texas and Eastern New Mexico oilfield cases.

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For most oilfield workers in Texas, New Mexico, and other oil-producing states, times are good. Increased American fossil fuel exports have turbocharged hiring in the drilling and extraction industries, with thousands of more jobs putting thousands of more dollars into the pockets of toolpushers, drillers, derrick hands, motormen, lead-hands, and others. But every silver lining has a cloud; for oilfield workers, it is the daily risk of suffering a serious injury or dying in an oilfield accident.

Few workers face as many dangers and a greater risk of injury as those who spend their days in oilfields. Long hours and extreme heat, combustible and toxic materials, heavy and dangerous machinery, and exhausting physical exertion make oil and gas extraction one of the most hazardous industries for American workers. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the oil and gas extraction industry’s fatality rate is seven times higher than it is for U.S. workers in general. During one recent 10-year period, 1,189 oil and gas extraction industry employees died while working.

In addition to these tragic workplace deaths, oilfield injuries are all too common, all too frequent, and all too catastrophic. During one recent five-year period, workers in Texas oil and gas fields suffered 18,000 amputations, broken bones, explosion injuries, burns, cuts, and other injuries.

While there are inherent risks involved in working on or around a busy oilfield, oil companies have a legal obligation to keep the work environment as safe as possible and follow all applicable safety laws, rules, and regulations. But these obligations to keep workers safe can fall by the wayside in the face of pressure to extract as much profit as possible from an oilfield. Cutting corners on safety protocols, pushing workers beyond reasonable physical limits, and failing to inspect and maintain equipment properly are just a few ways unscrupulous employers disregard the safety and well-being of the men and women who make those profits possible. When that happens and workers suffer injuries or die on the job, the oil companies and other negligent parties that allowed these tragedies to happen should be held accountable.

Helping Injured Texas and New Mexico Oilfield Workers Get the Compensation They Deserve

The Texas and New Mexico oilfield injury attorneys at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers know how hard it can be for oilfield workers and their families when a catastrophic injury upends their lives. The inability to earn a living and support a family, debilitating or permanent injuries, and mounting medical bills and other expenses all create a perfect storm of financial, physical, and emotional challenges. We have seen first-hand the struggles faced by injured workers and families left behind after a loved one perishes in an avoidable oilfield accident. With respect for hardworking oilfield employees and a passion for helping them through difficult times, we fight tenaciously to get them the compensation they need to recover and move forward.

Oilfield Workers Face the Risk of Catastrophic Injury or Death Every Day

The very nature of oil and gas extraction makes it a risky proposition for workers, even in the safest conditions. The hazards they face are unique, numerous, and likely to cause extreme injuries or death. These dangers include:

  • Transportation accidents
  • Insufficiently trained workers
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Explosions and chemical fires
  • Well blowouts
  • Exposure to and inhalation of sulfur hydroxide fumes
  • Fatigue due to lack of proper rest periods or long shift hours
  • Improperly maintained drills, exploration equipment, and machinery
  • Inadequate safeguards at drilling sites and refinery facilities
  • Falls
  • Lack of safety regulations or emergency protocols
  • Trench collapses
  • Oil field, pipeline, and refinery fires

Types of Oilfield Injuries

The injuries suffered by oilfield workers range from those that can heal in a matter of weeks to those that are permanent and life-altering. Some of the most common oilfield injuries include:

  • Chemical burns
  • Gas inhalation burns
  • Lung damage
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputation of limbs or digits
  • Torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles
  • Electrical burns
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Nerve damage
  • Suffocation
  • Death

Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Enough

When oilfield workers seek damages from their employer for on-the-job accidents and injuries, even those caused by the employer’s negligence or violation of safety rules, they are often – but not always – limited to the recovery of workers’ compensation benefits. But the sad reality for many oilfield workers is that getting these benefits is often a struggle, adding insult, frustration, and anxiety to their injuries. Like all insurance companies, the insurer providing workers’ compensation coverage to your employer wants to pay out as little as possible in claims. That means they may challenge your right to receive benefits. They might assert that you did not get injured on the job, that your injuries were pre-existing, that they aren’t as severe as you claim, or otherwise don’t warrant the amount of benefits you seek. Having an experienced oilfield injury lawyer who understands the nuances of the law is crucial to getting compensation aligned with your injuries.

Even when an employer provides all available workers’ compensation benefits, these benefits can be woefully inadequate when the injuries are catastrophic, the medical bills are astronomical, or a family loses a breadwinner. That is why, besides fighting for all the workers’ comp benefits to which our clients are entitled, we also pursue claims for compensation against any third parties that may be responsible for an accident.

An employer’s negligence isn’t the only reason behind many oilfield accidents. If a third-party other than your employer is at fault for your accident and injuries, you can seek damages from them in a civil personal injury lawsuit. The compensation available in such a lawsuit can far exceed workers’ compensation benefits and include damages for losses like pain and suffering, loss of consortium and companionship, and other elements of personal injury damages that are not included in workers’ compensation benefits.

Examples of third parties that may be responsible for an oilfield injury or death include:

  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Rig owners and manufacturers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Trucking companies
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Landowners

Additionally, if your employer does not subscribe to workers’ compensation, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. The oil field injury attorneys at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers will help you navigate the complexities of the law.

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers: Fighting for Injured Texas and New Mexico Oilfield Workers

If you’re a Texas or New Mexico oilfield worker who suffered severe injuries while on the job, or if you have lost a loved one in an oilfield accident, you may be struggling to make sense of what happened. You may not know what to do next or who to turn to for answers and help. You shouldn’t have to face these challenges alone. At Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers, our oilfield injury lawyers are steadfast allies for injured oil and gas workers and their families. We work tirelessly to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation available for oilfield injuries or the death of a family member.

To arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced oilfield injury attorneys at our offices in Lubbock, El Paso, Odessa, Austin, or Albuquerque, please contact us at 888-570-3628.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident regardless of where you live, we will be happy to evaluate your potential case through a free consultation.

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    Our Team is Here to Help

    Below is a list of some of the most-frequently-asked questions by our clients and prospective clients. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us.

    • Why should I hire an attorney?

      Potential defendants are usually covered by insurance. The insurance companies are notified immediately when an accident occurs, and they usually hire attorneys and expert witnesses to investigate the claim. It is important that witnesses be interviewed as soon as possible and evidence be preserved. Witnesses will often be more difficult to locate or will have a poor memory if they are interviewed much later after the accident has occurred. Evidence such as machinery parts or skid marks on the highway will disappear unless preserved quickly. Insurance companies have insurance adjusters who will contact you and try to be friendly. You should not trust the statements that insurance adjusters make to you. They are not working for you and will sometimes make misleading statements in an effort to trick you into resolving your case. Insurance adjusters also might record your conversations with them and use your statements against you in order to try to save money for the insurance companies.

      The main thing we try to impress upon people is that it’s never too early to talk to an attorney, and it’s always too late. By that we mean that speaking with an attorney very soon after a crash or other accident in no way will harm you. Along the same lines, the longer you try to handle a claim on your own or delay hiring competent counsel, irreparable damage can be done in the form of recorded statements given to the insurance companies and evidence not being preserved. There is no risk or fee for speaking with an attorney and arranging an initial consultation.

    • How and when do I pay for a personal injury attorney?

      Most personal injury attorneys work on what is called a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay the attorney only if and when the attorney has successfully made a recovery in your case, either by settlement or by winning a jury trial. Our philosophy is that clients have enough to worry about, so clients at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman never pay us a dime out of their pockets directly; when you’re case is finished, the insurance company sends a check to our law firm, we take our percentage fee from that check, and send the remainder to the client.

      In the rare event we are unable to make a recovery on your case, you still don’t pay us a dime, and that even includes case costs, court costs, expert fees, and any advances. There is truly zero risk in hiring a personal injury law firm like Glasheen, Valles & Inderman.

    • What is my claim worth?

      Personal injury claims are usually resolved by either settlement or by a jury. When a case is settled, it is the client’s decision of whether or not to accept a settlement offer. The lawyer will advise the client as to the potential value of the claim. Lawyers evaluate the potential value of a claim by predicting what a jury would do based on experience with similar claims.A jury can consider all sorts of damages in a personal injury case including medical expenses in the past and in the future, loss of earnings in the past and in the future as a result of the injury, physical pain and mental anguish in the past and in the future, compensation for impairment – that is loss of use, and disfigurement damages. The jury has discretion in awarding the sums. We can give you advice on the value of your claim based on our experience with some of our claims and similar jury results.

    • Will my case go to trial?

      Whether a case goes to trial depends on dozens of factors, including your damages, the amount of insurance available, and the circumstances of the case. However, generally speaking, approximately 98% of personal injury cases settle without going to trial.