Oilfield Accident Lawyers

Oilfield Accident Lawyers

How Can an Oilfield Injury Lawyer Help You?

Working a dangerous job doesn’t mean you should expect injuries, it means you should expect abundant and redundant protections. A failure to provide a safe work environment for oil extraction could mean the company you work for is liable for your injuries.

Oilfields are dangerous places, but on-the-job oilfield accidents can be prevented with proper training, oversight, and safety protocols. If you or your loved one was injured due to working in or around the oil industry, an experienced oilfield injury lawyer can help you secure the compensation you need to move forward.

The attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek have helped injured workers and their families recover funds after oil and gas industry accidents. Headquartered in Houston, we represent clients injured in overseas oil rig work as well as those harmed in the oilfields of Texas and throughout the United States.

Employers have a duty to prioritize worker safety on the job and ensure that unpredictable accidents are not worsened by delayed emergency responses or poorly maintained rescue equipment. By hiring an oilfield accident attorney from Pierce Skrabanek, you hire a team that can investigate the incident, build a case for robust compensation, and take an oil company to court if they refuse to deal fairly.

We are not intimidated by corporate counsel. Reach out to us online or by calling (832) 690-7000 — we’re here to help.

What Compensation Can an Oilfield Injury Attorney Help You Secure?

What your oilfield injury claim may be worth depends on the type of injury sustained, the cause of the accident, your specific losses, and any pain and suffering you and your family experienced as a result of your injuries. Your outcome also depends on the quality of your legal representation — you need an attorney with proven skills in litigating oil and gas industry claims.

At Pierce Skrabanek, we can help you obtain compensation for:

  • Medical costs like emergency transport, surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and follow-up appointments with specialists
  • Lost wages for work missed, terminated employment, and the loss of job-related benefits like retirement funds and health insurance 
  • Pain and suffering which may include the physical agony of your injuries, as well as the mental and emotional toll of conditions like PTSD, depression, and anxiety
  • Punitive damages may be available if your employer’s negligence was particularly reckless or brazen — these are “punishment” fees a judge or jury may charge to teach a lesson
  • Wrongful death expenses for surviving family members, funds which may cover funeral costs, loss of income, and the emotional loss of a person’s unique companionship

Some of the compensation we work to obtain for you may include temporary or permanent disability coverage, property damage, and other forms of losses such as the disruption of marriage health (consortium). 

The oilfield attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek understand the financial, emotional, and physical stress that a severe accident can cause. We will fight hard to obtain the maximum recovery for you, and we will do this work with no upfront cost. We only collect a fee if we win compensation for you first. Contact us at (832) 690-7000 for a no-risk, no-obligation, fully confidential consultation.

What Are the 5 Most Common Injuries Handled by Oilfield Accident Lawyers? 

The five most common oilfield injuries our law firm handles are:

  1. Head and orthopedic injuries: Skull, brain, neck, and spine injuries are some of the most grievous a person can experience, and require significant expense to treat. Those expenses are for your employer or their insurance to cover; the burden does not belong to you or your family.
  2. Burns: Oil and gas are mined for their combustible qualities, which means the risk of fires and explosions is high and should be guarded against by employers. Every burn or blast suffered is an injury that should have been prevented.
  3. Amputations and lacerations: The equipment used to drill for oil is often comprised of heavy moving parts that can quickly and mercilessly maim workers. All preventative measures should be in place to minimize direct human contact with these dangerous mechanisms. 
  4. Poisonings: Oil and gas can cause toxic exposure by leaking into the soil, water, or air. Coming into close contact with these substances can lead to poisonings or compromise a worker’s decision-making abilities while on the job.
  5. Ear and eye damage: Chemicals, fire, explosions, and the noise of industrial machines all pose a risk to the vision and hearing of workers in oilfields. Goggles and ear plugs should be in functioning shape and provided as a normal part of protective gear along with helmets, gloves, and steel-toed boots.

Slip and fall injuries are common in oilfield and offshore oil rig jobs. Transport and machinery malfunctions, fire and pipeline blowouts, and leaks or spills of toxic materials are an ever-present danger. These known hazards should be accounted for in building out a safe work environment. A failure to maintain safety could be considered negligent under the law.

A failure to provide and maintain safety could mean the company you work for is liable for your injury costs. Contact Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 690-7000 to discuss your options for holding them accountable.

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Oil and Gas Injury Statistics

According to the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), this is the recent data regarding injuries and fatalities in the fuel extraction, oil, and gas industries: 

  • There has been an increase in both fatalities (up 36%) and injuries (up 10%) in post-pandemic years since 2020.
  • These increases may be associated with a corresponding 5% increase in work hours reported.
  • For fatalities, the activity which caused the most deaths was listed as “Transport—Land” (35%).
  • Other fatal injuries were caused by incidents under the category of  “Maintenance, Inspection, Testing” (25%)
  • Of the injuries that resulted in at least one lost workday, 20% were categorized as “slips and trips (at same height)” and 18% attributed to “struck by (not dropped object).” 

Your attorney can use data like this to solidify your case and attribute liability for your injuries to the proper parties. Oilfield accident injuries often require extensive medical care, surgeries, and physical therapy that can ruin finances and inhibit your ability to recover. 

Having the right attorney at your side through this process can make a major difference in your quality of life going forward as you begin the healing process.

The state of Texas, where Pierce Skrabanek is headquartered, leads the nation in oil and gas extraction fatalities according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With over 400 active rotary drilling rigs in the state, Texas workers suffer over 70% of national oil industry deaths.

Testimonials

Read what our past clients have to say about our legal services. 

Daryl M.

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“My experience with Mr. Skrabanek was honestly far better than all expectations that we had. He took care of us like we were family, making sure me and my wife always felt like a priority and walked us through all of the concerns that we had. If you are looking for a professional who truly cares for his clients you can stop the search. You won’t be disappointed.”

Denise J.

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“Mike and his team helped me settle an injury claim case. I was informed and helped through every step and they were always professional and very responsive. I really enjoyed working with them.”

Victoria S.

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“My attorney, Michael, did an amazing job with my case. He’s a straight shooter and has a vast knowledge of the law combined with an extensive amount of experience, making him a fantastic attorney. I fully recommend this firm.

Thank you Pierce Skrabenek!”

Gabriela C.

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“Paul Skrabanek of the law firm Pierce Skrabanek was very professional and went above & beyond in handling my daughter's case. Very dedicated, worked diligently, and got justice for my family. If I could give a higher rating than 5 stars I would. Thank you and your firm for such tenacity.”

Raymond H.

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“These guys are awesome, they were very informative from the beginning to end, working with them was super smooth, and I had all questions answered thoroughly. The whole team at this firm works to help in every way they can. They were able to get me the compensation I deserved and exceeded my expectations. If you’re ever in need of a stellar team to stand behind you and work for you, these guys are the ones you would want in your corner.

Thank you very much Paul and thank your team for me.”

Cam F.

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“Working with Paul Skrabanek was a very positive experience. He helped me understand the legal process as someone who has never been a part of a lawsuit, and was able to get me settled quickly and painlessly! Loved working with Pierce Skrabanek law firm!”

Michele R.

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Michael Pierce and his team, especially Krystle, were very professional, always available (even on weekends), and very knowledgeable. We appreciate their hard work on our case and the time they took to explain every detail as our case progressed. Mike is a phenomenal attorney and we highly recommend them for your legal needs.”

Beverly C.

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“I found Mr. Skrabanek to be very trustworthy, creditable, and genuinely concerned about my well-being while I was going through this very difficult process. He showed constant concern for me being completely satisfied before making any final decisions.”

Diane T.

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“Fantastic team of attorneys and staff dedicated to their clients. Michael Pierce is an outstanding trial attorney for personal injury cases.”

Deborah S.

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“We watched, participated & listened to Paul Skrabanek fight for a settlement which we could be happy with. Just this month the case has been put to rest.”

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Contact Experienced Oilfield Accident Attorneys

Oilfield accidents are often the result of negligence or improper conduct, and losing your health or your loved one’s life due to this dangerously reckless behavior is unacceptable. 

Compensation for oilfield injuries is usually recovered through workers’ compensation. This insurance also covers death expenses in the event of a fatal accident. You may also be able to receive damages from a personal injury lawsuit if the negligence of a third party contributed to your injury. A third-party lawsuit is separate from a workers’ compensation claim, and may entitle you to additional money.

Remember never to agree to any settlement offered by an insurance company before your oilfield injury lawyer investigates the accident for possible defective equipment, employer negligence, or other issues. Contact our Houston office today online or by calling (832) 690-7000 for a no-obligation, no-cost consultation with our oilfield accident attorneys.

At Pierce Skrabanek, we find out who or what was responsible for your injury, we stand up to oil and insurance companies, and we don’t stop until you receive the justice you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many oilfield accidents occur each year?

Every year, between 50-100 individuals lose their lives due to oil industry accidents. The oil and gas field is among the top five most dangerous occupations in the United States along with the logging industry and flight engineers.

What are the top causes of oilfield accidents?

Some of the most common causes of oilfield accidents are: defective or improperly maintained machinery, worker fatigue caused by unsafe scheduling, and inadequate safeguards at drilling and refinery sites. Employer failure to maintain safety or enact emergency protocols in a timely manner may be considered a legally actionable form of negligence.

Personal injury lawsuits may be filed when an injury or death was caused by negligence or lack of oversight from a responsible entity — be that an individual, a managing supervisor, or a company. 

I have never filed a lawsuit, how does this process work?

The first step in this process is to call our law firm for a free case evaluation. We will analyze the facts of the incident and the law that applies to your case. If we determine that we can adequately represent you, we will send you a contract and medical authorization paperwork. We will review your medical records, including operative reports, nurse’s notes, doctor’s notes, and laboratory results. We will also bring in medical experts to help evaluate your case if necessary.

Once we have documentation of your injuries, we will file a lawsuit against the Defendant(s). Next comes the “discovery” process, which is an exchange of information between the parties. This document exchange will include accident reports, corporate documents, and medical records. 

During this process, depositions may be taken, which are oral examinations conducted under oath when both parties are present. Depositions are taken with a court reporter who types up a transcript of the questions the lawyer asks and the witness answers. Sometimes, a videographer will be present to film the examination.

After the above relevant information has been established, negotiation or litigation between the parties begins.

How long do I have to file an oilfield injury accident lawsuit?

Each state has a unique deadline for when a personal injury lawsuit may be filed. In Texas, that “statute of limitations” is two years from the date of the incident. If you do not file your claim within this window, you will lose out on your chance for compensation entirely.

You do not have to take on work to make this happen — your lawyer from Pierce Skrabanek is responsible for gathering evidence, researching the law, formulating negotiation strategies, and filing the appropriate paperwork on time. Hiring a lawyer not only minimizes your stress during a critical time of recovery, it is also statistically the most effective way to ensure robust compensation. Lawyer-represented cases have a 91% success rate compared to 51% for those who represent themselves, and the compensation you receive averages 300% higher with an attorney’s knowledge and experience on your side.

You deserve the service of proven oilfield injury lawyers. Contact Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 690-7000 to begin your journey toward justice before it’s too late.