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Oil & Gas Injuries – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers

Oil & Gas Injury - Personal Injury Lawyers in Denver - Burg Simpson

For a few years now, the oil and gas sector of the economy has been a tale of two trades. Because of suppressed demand, and a prolonged slump in oil prices, employment remains stagnant. In fact, the solar industry surpassed oil and gas in terms of job growth for the first time in 2016.

On the other hand, on-the-job injuries in the oil and gas business have been on the decline, too. That’s not out of line with an overall drop in workplace accidents across all industries. Most experts will tell you oil and gas accidents rise and fall with the price of oil. That being said, oil and gas extraction professionals face the country’s second-highest rate of workplace fatalities of any industry. It’s a problem the industry continues to combat. If you’ve been hurt in an oil or gas accident, fill out our FREE Evaluation Form or call one of our Colorado personal injury attorneys at 303-792-5595 now! We can help you.

“We are proud of our strong safety record but even one incident is too many,” Eric Wohlschlegel, a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute, wrote in a statement in late 2016.

These workers complete long shifts, usually far from their families, in often hostile conditions. They face 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 brain injuries, amputations, burns, spine and spinal cord injuries, and other serious physical, mental, and emotional injuries.

If you or a family member has been injured in an oil and/or gas accident, call a Colorado personal injury attorney with Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595 immediately or fill out one of our free case evaluation forms.

More often than not, oil and gas companies, operators, and contractors aren’t diligent enough in preventing accidents, which can make an already dangerous situation deadly. Most injuries occur because of carelessness, faulty equipment, inadequate safety equipment or training, or poor equipment maintenance. According to oilpro.com, the professional social network for oil and gas workers, the five most common oil and gas injuries are:

  • Vehicle collisions: Oddly enough, the road is far more deadly than any rig. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise. Most workers have long drives after even longer shifts. The boom in fracking also has more trucks transporting water to worksites. Increased levels of traffic and employee exhaustion can be a deadly combination.
  • Machine hazards: Several careers involve the frequent operation of heavy machinery, but few rival the risks involved with oil and gas workers, due in no small part to the fact that so many of these machines operate in unguarded areas. There’s also the constant levels of noise, vibration, and falling objects.
  • Chemical exposure: Drilling for oil and gas – not to mention processing it – necessitates the use of several types of toxic chemicals and fumes. Prolonged exposure to any of them can result in headaches, nausea, dizziness, and chemical burns.
  • Fall hazards: A great deal of oil and gas extraction involves working on elevated platforms. Fall protection systems are critical. But faulty harnesses, chemical spills, loose tools and equipment can all lead to a tragic fall.
  • Fires and explosions: Obviously, these highly combustible materials always involve a higher-than-average risk of fires and explosions.

Other kinds of accidents that can cause a serious injury include:

  • Defective products
  • Drilling
  • Servicing
  • Workover
  • Pumping
  • Pipeline maintenance and failure
  • Casing failure
  • Oil or gas rig and equipment maintenance failures
  • Transportation loading and unloading
  • Oil or gas rig or equipment failure or collapse
  • Blowouts
  • Improper equipment use by others
  • Improper or negligent hiring, training, or supervision

If you’ve been hurt while driving to or from a worksite, speak to a Colorado personal injury lawyer as soon as possible by calling 303-792-5595.

There are some cases where you could be entitled to recover additional damages against third parties who might have contributed to your injury through their negligence or recklessness. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured while working on an oil and gas rig, in a refinery, on a pipeline, or by the operation or failure of other equipment or motor vehicles, you could be entitled to compensation for:

  • Economic losses you might have suffered. These are objectively quantifiable monetary damage that can include past and future medical bills, rehabilitation expense, lost income, any lost earning potential, and any out-of-pocket costs you might have incurred.
  • Non-economic losses, which are more subjective and much harder to quantify. These can include claims for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental and emotional distress, and 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 the company (or someone else) may be entitle to recover wrongful death damages. These can also include claims for 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).

If you or a loved one has been injured while working as an oil and gas worker, do not try to handle your case by yourself. Call an experienced Denver injury lawyer at Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595 and receive a free, no-obligation consultation.

Contact a Denver Injury Attorney at Burg Simpson Today

At Burg Simpson, each experienced Denver personal injury attorney knows how to handle your oil and gas accident claim. We’re committed to helping injured oil and gas workers seek compensation after an accident. We’ve assisted thousands of victims on the road to rebuilding their lives. We also have the experience and resources to help survivors of wrongful death victims navigate the many legal issues that come with these kinds of accidents, which can include 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. Time is of the essence in these personal injury cases. Don’t wait to reach out to one of our veteran Denver personal injury lawyers to discuss the specifics of your case. Fill out our Free Evaluation Form here or call Burg Simpson right now at 303-792-5595.

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

 January 18, 2018

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

The latest component in Burg Simpson’s ongoing professional education initiative is set for next week. Shareholder Tom W. Henderson will conduct a 90-minute web seminar, “Advising Your Business Clients on Insurance Policies,” at 9 a.m. MST on Jan 18. Designed for Colorado corporate litigation attorneys, this CE course will cover: Defining Ambiguous Terms. Understanding the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

 January 17, 2018

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

Burg Simpson is proud to announce the launch of a more comprehensive website that incorporates the firm’s office locations into a single site. The new Burg Simpson website, which has since focused on Colorado’s practice areas, now encompasses information for its Arizona, Ohio, and Wyoming offices all in one place, along with their practice areas,… Read more »

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

 January 11, 2018

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg recently sat down with Law Week Colorado to discuss mandatory arbitration agreements, and what impact the #MeToo movement might have on that in the coming year. Several factors came together in 2017 to breathe new life into these controversial agreements, but experts debate whether an uptick in sexual harassment claims… Read more »

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

 January 9, 2018

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

Burg Simpson has long been a champion of traumatic brain injury victims. That commitment was on full display this week as shareholders Peter W. Burg and David P. Hersh presented at the 2018 Brain Injury Summit in Vail, Colorado. The Burg Simpson Colorado personal injury attorneys moderated, “Pearls of TBI Neuro-Litigation,” an interactive workshop, earlier… Read more »

Protect Uninsured Workers – Colorado Workers Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 January 10, 2018

Colorado Fights to Protect Uninsured Workers

The state of Colorado requires all employers with even a single employee to carry workers’ compensation insurance. It doesn’t matter if those employees are part time or full time. In fact, anyone who receives pay for services in Colorado is considered an employee, as far as workers’ compensation insurance is concerned. There are exceptions, of… Read more »

Business Dispute Options – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorney - Burg Simpson

 January 2, 2018

What Are Your Business Dispute Options?

Business owners operate under the cloud of potential litigation nearly every day. Whether it’s a multinational corporation, a family-owned business, or a small sole proprietorship that’s just opened up its doors, business owners and leaders often face legal issues that can take time and money away from their day-to-day operations. Business and commercial law isn’t… Read more »

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers– Burg Simpson

 December 27, 2017

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm

It might surprise – or even startle – you to find out that Colorado does not require plastic surgery centers to be licensed or even inspected by the state. These medical providers are exempt from regulations that govern other ambulatory surgery centers because providing surgical services isn’t their primary function. The state actually lets these… Read more »

Colorado Law Protects from Unfair Competition – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorney - Burg Simpson

 December 19, 2017

Colorado Law Protects Companies from Unfair Competition

Back in June, tech giant Amazon shocked the business world when it revealed plans to acquire natural grocer Whole Foods. For the most part, the nearly $14 billion deal elicited either cheers or tears. While most people hailed the move, hoping the Web retailer would cut prices at the high-end organic food chain, others decried… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

 February 29, 2016

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins talks with Michael Burg about taxes and the government’s resistance to upgrade America’s infrastructure.

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