Oil Field Accidents
“In approaching this problem, we cannot turn the clock back…”
United States Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, 1954
The Supreme Court in American History, 1965
Deadly Consequences of Oil Field Accidents
In 2006, at a Partridge-Raleigh, LLC oil-field site, three maintenance workers were killed and a fourth injured, in a terrible oil field explosion. The workers were at the site on behalf of a company that was hired as an independent contractor by Partridge-Raleigh, LLC to perform welding operations and install tanks and piping on dormant wells.
The Chemical Safety Board (“CSB”) did a study and found that the fatality rate within the oil and gas extraction sector was more than eight times higher than the average of all industries in the United States.
After the Partridge-Raleigh explosion investigation, the CSB found that the big lesson coming from the accident is that activity called “hot work”, which is welding, cutting and grinding that could cause ignition on a tank that holds or has held flammable materials, should be handled with extreme caution by workers. Workers killed and injured in the explosion used an unsafe and unreliable technique to check for flammable vapors from crude oil that was once in one of the tanks and for doing the welding itself.
The only person who lived was the foreman at the site, who knew or should have known about more reliable techniques for securing a safer work environment under those circumstances. Companies have a duty to establish safety protocols, particularly in industries that involve working with hazardous materials or physically unstable environments.
Right to Recover Under the Law
You are entitled to recover money damages in the event you or a loved one was injured or your loved one died at the hands of another’s negligence. The statute of limitations, which is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for the wrong, is two years from the date of injury.
Securing proper representation and preparing strong evidence quickly are vital components to your winning at trial. Chad Pinkerton is an experienced oil field accident personal injury attorney, armed and ready to take on your challenge.
Money Damages from Oil Field Accidents
Recovery of money can include present and future medical bills and, depending on the facts of the situation, mental pain and suffering damages, lost past and future wages, permanent impairment/disfigurement, punitive damages, wrongful death damages and loss of enjoyment of life.
Finding the right lawyer to protect your rights and address the wrong that has occurred in your life is a critical step. Your lawyer should take care of securing proper medical care, a diagnosis and a prognosis to establish a strong legal and financial future for you or your loved one.