Involved in a Drilling Rig Accident?
The oil and gas industry is one of the pillars of our economy, here in Texas and in the United States. From offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to onshore shale formations across West Texas, South Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and elsewhere, drilling rigs and the hard-working people making up the crews are on the front lines of the energy industry. Unfortunately, many times drilling rigs can represent a dangerous work environment, and injuries can result.
Because oil rig workers are surrounded by heavy equipment and flammable often-volatile substances all day long, any accident could be fatal or leave someone in serious condition. If you are injured in a drilling rig accident, you may find yourself dealing with extensive medical bills and a loss of income while you recover, not to mention the physical and mental pain and anguish. In cases where a worker is killed as a result of a rig accident, his or her family may find themselves struggling to settle their loved one’s estate and cover their own expenses in the midst of grief.
Drilling Rig Accidents
The following are just a few of the possible accidents that can occur while working on a drilling rig:
- Equipment malfunctions
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Slips and falls
- Crushed body parts
Prevent Drilling Rig Accidents and Keep Yourself Safe
While not all drilling rig accidents can be anticipated or avoided, there are a number of ways rig workers can protect themselves on the job:
- Keep up with required job training and make sure that unskilled individuals are never tasked with using equipment or tools they haven’t been trained on.
- Observe all safety standards and wear appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times.
- Report unsafe conditions or damage immediately so that problems can be corrected.
- Identify and remove hazards promptly.
- Maintain a safety audit schedule to ensure proper compliance on a regular basis.
- Make sure that appropriate lighting, labeling, and signage are used on the rig.
- Be prepared for emergencies with proper supplies and emergency procedure training.
Seek the Help of an Expert Workplace Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved have been injured while working on a drilling rig, call the lawyers at Johnson Garcia LLP for help. We have more than two decades of combined experience handling lawsuits arising from drilling rig accidents, both onshore and offshore. When time matters and getting your damages quickly is the most important priority, you don’t want to hire lawyers who you need to teach about your workplace. Instead, you want someone in your corner who understands what you went through and the work environment you lived in.
The lawyers at Johnson Garcia LLP have appeared on national television (C-SPAN) representing clients in connection with drilling rig accidents. We have been on drilling rigs. We know the equipment, the terminology, the drilling process, the maintenance obligations, the regulations, the business dynamics, and much more. We have unmatched expertise in this area and know the legal challenges that you will face. Let our knowledge and experience be your advantage as you recover from your injuries.
Learn More About the Jones Act
If you have been injured offshore, learn about Jones Act claims and offshore litigation. If your injury occurred onshore, it is important to understand your rights against your employer and other parties. There are times in Texas, for example, when recovery against an employer may be limited if the employer maintains worker’s compensation insurance. That may not, however, bar claims against other parties that may have contributed to or caused your injury. Contact Johnson Garcia LLP now to get a free case evaluation: 832-844-6700.
Frequently Asked Questions
*Our FAQs are intended solely for informational purposes and should not be relied or construed upon as legal advice. Each case presents different facts that must be evaluated independently under law.
I don't live in Texas, but my employer is located there. Can I sue them in Texas courts even though I live in another state?
Yes, depending on the facts. Many times individuals from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and other states become employed in the energy industry for companies that are headquartered in Houston. There is absolutely no bar against a non-Texas resident suing those entities in Texas courts if they are responsible for the injuries. Texas, of course, may not be the only option or even the best option for a lawsuit, but it often the most appropriate place to bring a claim. At Johnson Garcia LLP we can help you navigate those decisions. We are comfortable litigating in any jurisdiction and have represented clients all over the nation. We are guided only by what is in your best interest!
I was injured in New Mexico, do I have to sue there even though I live in Texas?
Not necessarily. But there may be benefits to bringing your claim in New Mexico where the law can be favorable for the recovery of punitive damages in those cases where the wrongful conduct is most egregious. That’s why hiring the right lawyer is so important. At Johnson Garcia, we try to see the big picture in every case and make decisions with an aim to maximize your recovery. Our scope of experience ranges from litigation against and on behalf of some of the world’s largest companies in states and jurisdictions across the United States. When you’re hurt, let us guide you through the difficult decisions as to how, when and where to seek your damages.
My drilling rig employer filed for bankruptcy, but I was injured on the job. Can I still recover?
Yes, probably but you need to understand your rights immediately. Many drilling rig companies and other energy service companies faced difficult financial conditions over the last few years and some filed for bankruptcy as a result. However, don’t let a fear of the bankruptcy process deter you from pursuing your damages. Call the lawyers of Johnson Garcia LLP for a free evaluation of your rights.