Working in the oil and gas industry is dangerous. It is even more dangerous—and sometimes deadly—when a company and its employees fail to act safely when performing their work. All too often, oil and gas companies, operators, and contractors don’t do enough to eliminate or minimize the dangers, leaving oil and gas workers at even greater risk of catastrophic personal injury or death.
People who work in and on oil and gas fields, derricks, pipelines, refineries, and drilling rigs, risk serious harm every day from falls, equipment failure or collapse, drilling accidents, explosions, fires, electrocution, and exposure to toxic chemicals, among other things. Injuries can range from broken or fractured bones to catastrophic brain injuries, amputations, burns, spine and spinal cord injuries, and other serious physical, mental, and emotional injuries.
Even if you are entitled to workers’ compensation for injuries received in an oil and gas injury or accident, in some cases you may be entitled to recover additional damages against third parties who may have negligently or recklessly caused your injuries. If you or someone you love was seriously injured on an oil and gas rig, refinery, pipeline, or by the operation or failure of other equipment or motor vehicles, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Economic losses, including past and future medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and out-of-pocket costs
- Non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental and emotional distress, inconvenience
- Permanent impairment and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium by an affected spouse
Families of oil and gas workers killed by the negligence, fault, or recklessness of other persons or companies may be able to recover wrongful death damages, including economic damages (e.g., wages and other income the deceased would have earned, emergency and hospital care, funeral and burial expenses) and non-economic damages (loss of comfort, care, affection, love, companionship suffered by the survivors of the deceased).
- Defective Products
- Pipeline maintenance and failure
- Casing failure
- Oil or gas rig and equipment maintenance failures
- Transportation loading and unloading
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Oil or gas rig or equipment failure or collapse
- Exposure to toxic chemicals, gasses, fumes
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Improper equipment use by others
- Improper or negligent hiring, training, or supervision
Contact Burg Simpson Now
Time is running on your claim. It may be a confusing and emotional time. Do not delay in contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your oil or gas accident and your potential claims.
At Burg Simpson, our experienced Colorado personal injury attorneys can handle your oil and gas accident claim and lawsuit. Burg Simpson is dedicated to helping injured oil and gas workers seek compensation after an accident caused by the fault, negligence, and recklessness of another. Our experienced lawyers have helped thousands of persons suffering from serious personal injuries rebuild their lives. We have the experience and resources to help injury and wrongful death victims navigate the many legal issues that surround oil and gas accidents, including accident and medical investigation, statutory employer identification issues, expert identification, insurance claims, settlement negotiations, and litigating in court against persons and companies who refuse to take responsibility.