Shreveport Oil Field Accident Attorney
Oil Field Accidents & Injuries
Working on an oil field or an off-shore oil rig can be one of the most dangerous jobs to have. As in construction accidents, if proper care and caution is not exercised at all times and safety regulations strictly adhered to, serious, devastating accidents can and will occur.
If you have suffered an injury in an oil field accident, or if your loved one died due to a work-related accident or injury, contact a personal injury attorney today to discuss your case and find out what your options are. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and medical bills.
Contact Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers today to request a free consultation with one of our Shreveport oil field accident attorneys.
Common Injuries Caused by Negligent Actions on Oil Fields
Oil fields can be very dangerous places. Due to the dangers inherent in the methods that are used in drilling oil, serious accidents can occur that can lead to many types of catastrophic injuries, including broken bones, burn injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries.
Common oil field accidents include:
- Explosions and fires
- Slips and falls
- Machinery accidents
- Entanglement/caught-between accidents
- Toxic exposure
- Equipment defects/malfunctioning
- Well blowouts
- Structure collapses
These and other common oil field accidents occur due to a wide variety of factors, from safety violations to poorly maintained workplaces to routine hazards of the job. Regardless of the reason, however, you should not—and do not—have to simply suffer the life-altering consequences of a severe oil field accident injury on your own.
If your accident was caused by the negligence of someone you were working with or unsafe working conditions, you have the right to seek compensation. You may also be entitled to workers' compensation and should file a workers' comp claim as soon as possible. Hiring a personal injury attorney will help ensure that your case is being properly handled so that you can recover from your injuries with peace of mind.
Fracking Accidents & Injuries
Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as "fracking," is becoming increasingly widespread in the United States. And, while the practice is controversial due to its potential effects on the planet and those living in nearby areas, what many people do not realize is the danger that fracking poses to the workers themselves.
According to numerous articles and studies, more and more workers are suffering severe on-the-job injuries—and the number continues to steadily increase. Tragically, fracking accidents and injuries tend to be catastrophic in nature, including loss of limb, severe burns, and serious head, neck, brain, and back injuries, among others. Not to mention, workers are at a high risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals and gases, which can have significant health impacts. In fact, the harmful substances utilized in fracking pose such serious risks to workers that, in the state of Pennsylvania, fracking companies established a "gag rule" after doctors voiced their concerns. The gag rule allowed for certain physicians, while under a very secret contract from both the patients and other professionals, to know of the ingredients used in the fracking process so that they could effectively treat workers who had been exposed.
This line of work is not only known for both the physical injuries and severe illnesses it often causes but also for the significant emotional effect it has on most of employees, as well. Workers in the fracking industry spend countless hours on the job, often in the freezing cold, isolated, and with very poor nutrition. Many of these workers suffer disproportionately high rates of anxiety, depression, and other related mental health disorders, as well as drug and alcohol addictions.
Even with these numerous injuries and health concerns widely known, many reports show that fracking industry workers are frequently deprived of proper medical coverage and care. An article in the New York Times discusses the rapid rate at which these injuries and illnesses are occurring—with ambulance visits quadrupling over the past five years in ambulance visits. Within this growing industry of shale oil and gas extraction, one of the main reasons workers do not receive adequate insurance and health care is because it is such a transitory industry—and one that is still highly controversial. Companies do not want to take the risk of long-term investments if it turns out that this industry is not as effective as they had once hoped.
Nevertheless, we believe that all injured workers, regardless of industry, have the right to fair financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you or someone you love was injured on the job or in a fracking-related accident, contact Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers to learn how our Shreveport fracking accident attorneys can help. We are here to provide the strong legal representation you need during this difficult time.
Injured in an Oil Field Accident? We Can Help!
When recovering from an oil field accident, you need legal representation that you can trust to properly handle your case and protect your interests. At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, our Shreveport oil field accident lawyers have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. We understand that you are going through a difficult time as a result of your injuries, which is why we dedicate our time, efforts, and resources to helping you get back on your feet. We offer all of our clients the legal representation they can count on to fight for their best interests, and we can offer you and your family the same.
Through our hard work both in and out of the court, we may be able to earn you a sizeable settlement or verdict. Contact our firm today.