Oil and Gas Rig Disaster-Dallas/Fort Worth Texas, Attorneys
Oil and gas is big business here in Texas. New exploration and drilling keeps Texas oil rig workers employed in well-paying jobs. But those high salaries come with a high risk of serious or even fatal accidents. This is even more prevalent with the increase in oil and gas exploration in the Barnett Shale formation in Northern Texas. Well drilling and maintenance workers can die or sustain serious injuries in oil and gas rig fires, explosions, falling objects and other drilling rig accidents. Between 2006 and 2010, federal statistics show 41 workers died in drilling rig disasters in the Gulf of Mexico, and an additional 1,300 were injured.
If you suffered an oil and gas rig disaster injury in Texas and you’d like to learn more about how I can help, please contact me online or call 1-888-336-3455.
Oil and natural gas beneath the surface of the earth are under pressure. Modern oil drilling operations have equipment to keep that pressure under control, but when that equipment fails, it can cause a blowout that spews oil and gas everywhere. Oil rig fires frequently follow, as these combustible materials ignite. The result can be an explosion followed by a blazing inferno fed from a large reservoir of fuel below the earth. Workers can be killed instantly or disabled for life by head injuries, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, amputations, chemical exposure and more.
Blowouts and the resulting oil and gas rig disasters are an acknowledged risk of drilling for oil, gas and other hydrocarbons, which is why the oil industry has developed technology to prevent them. But despite the risks, some companies cut corners, putting profit over safety. This can mean inadequate or poorly maintained equipment; equipment that remains in service despite known defects; lack of attention to safety procedures; or understaffing. Equipment manufacturers can also contribute to a drilling rig disaster by selling defective equipment. These companies have a legal obligation to ensure that their workplaces and products are safe. When they fail to do so, injured workers have a right to hold them legally responsible for the results.
Based in Fort Worth, oil and gas rig injury lawyer Coby L. Wooten represents clients throughout Texas who were seriously injured in drilling rig accidents. Oil rig disaster injuries are often very serious, disabling a worker for life. This is physically and emotionally painful, but it can also throw a family into serious financial strain, taking away a breadwinner’s ability to make money. I work hard to win fair compensation for these and other losses sustained by victims of drilling rig accidents. And I offer free consultations, so you risk nothing by speaking to me about your legal options. To set up a meeting, please call me toll-free at 1-888-336-3455.