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The oil and gas extraction industry is an inherently dangerous field. In January of 2018, a rig explosion in Quinton led to the death of five workers, and was labeled drilling accident in the U.S. in years.  At least 60 workers have died in the fields in Oklahoma between 2011 and 2016. The constantly moving heavy industrial equipment, danger of fire and explosion, heights and physically strenuous work all contribute to the dangerous environment.

We know that the oil fields are a necessary part of our economy – but that doesn’t mean you deserve anything less than the best possible representation if you get hurt in the patch. If you or your loved one are hurt while working on an oil rig, platform or in oil fields, the Oklahoma City attorneys of Cunningham & Mears have the experience and knowledge to help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Recovering compensation for oil field injuries

If you were injured in Oklahoma oil fields or on an oil rig while on the job, compensation is generally provided by your employer or employer’s insurer through workers’ compensation to cover the costs of your medical bills, disability and disfigurement. If you lost a loved one in an oil field accident, workers’ compensation also pays death benefits.

Although workers’ comp is the typical form of recovery for injured oil field workers, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit if the negligence of a third party caused your injuries. In many cases, it is difficult to determine the responsible party because of the number of contractors and subcontractors working in oil fields. Our injury lawyers analyze the details of your case to trace the liable parties and determine the best method of recovery for you. If we cannot provide you with the assistance you need, we refer you to attorneys who can.

Types of Oklahoma oil field accidents

At Cunningham & Mears, our attorneys use over 50 years of combined experience to help you obtain workers’ comp benefits or personal injury compensation for workplace injuries caused by all types of accidents in oil fields and on oil rigs in Oklahoma:

  • Oil rig explosions
  • Collapsed rigs
  • Fires and explosions
  • Falls
  • Oil truck accidents
  • Defective equipment accidents
  • Toxic exposure

Injuries from defective equipment malfunction

Workers in the oil and gas industry use heavy equipment, hand tools and machinery such as drills, forklifts, cranes, and other types of machinery every day. If one of these pieces of equipment malfunctions, is defective or is not properly maintained a worker can suffer a grave injury or even death. Typically, when a worker suffers an industrial injury, they receive worker’s compensation from their employer’s insurer. With an injury caused by defective equipment, the injured worker may be able to file a third-party claim against the equipment manufacturer and recover far more in damages than they would receive from workers’ compensation. With a personal injury lawsuit, the injured worker might also recover compensation for their pain and suffering, which workers’ compensation does not pay.

Common causes of oilfield accidents in Oklahoma

There are likely countless causes of workplace accidents in the oil and gas extraction industry. Some of the common causes of workplace injuries for oil and gas workers include:

  • Inadequate training
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Improperly stored chemicals
  • Insufficient inspections
  • Poor communication
  • Falling objects
  • Corrosion
  • Metal fatigue
  • Improper use of tools and machinery

Examples of oil field and gas extraction injuries

Because of the dangerous nature of oil fields, serious and fatal accidents are all too common. If you suffered injuries in an oil field accident, it is important to obtain the services of attorneys who understand the full extent of your medical costs and how any disability, disfigurement or other injuries can affect your life. We have significant expertise helping clients maximize their compensation for all types of oil field injuries:

Seek assistance from a seasoned oil field injury attorney in Oklahoma

Have you been injured in an oilfield accident? If you are receiving workers’ compensation for your workplace injury, and you are facing any kind of dispute with your employer’s insurer or if you are considering a third-party claim we can help.  At Cunningham & Mears, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to putting you in a better position than when you first come to us. If we cannot help you, we will refer you to an attorney who can. To learn more about our services and your options, contact us or call 405-212-9234 today for a free initial consultation.

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