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Oil rigs must be powerful to reach oil miles beneath the ground’s surface. These complex machines can be found either onshore or far from land. When something goes wrong on an oil rig, people could get hurt or lose their lives.
When disaster strikes, experienced lawyers with decades of experience can help you recover maximum compensation for avoidable injuries.
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Preventable Mistakes That Lead to Oil Rig Accidents
After an oil rig accident, employers and insurance companies may tell you that dangers are an unavoidable part of the industry. And it is true that working with certain aspects of oil and gas, such as those described below, can be hazardous:
- Flammable materials
- Heavy machinery with moving parts
- Harmful chemicals
- Erosion due to exposure to sand or water
Yet, every company should have safety measures in place to minimize or eliminate the risk of injury. Failure to set or follow protocols could jeopardize the health and well-being of hundreds of employees, rescue workers, and others.
Statistics from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reveal fatalities and injuries every year from 2007 to 2020. Many of these accidents took place due to negligence.
Fires and explosions
Some of the most common catalysts of fires and explosions are:
- Imperfect ventilation systems that permit fumes to accumulate
- Electrical equipment or wiring that is not properly grounded
- Faulty batteries
- Improperly stored combustibles (e.g. fuel, paper, rubber, plastic, batteries)
- Corroded equipment
- Leaking hoses, pipes, or pipelines
- Defective products or equipment
- Lack of proper distance between heat or spark-producing machinery (e.g. welding machines, torches) and flammable items
- Blowouts (i.e. pressure control systems fail to prevent oil or gas from releasing from a well)
All of the factors that contribute to fires and explosions are too numerous to consider here, but you can obtain a comprehensive review of your case for free. Send us a message at your earliest convenience to schedule your appointment.
Anchors and drillships keep offshore oil platforms in place. Research indicates that current procedures in place to prevent collisions are insufficient. They could detach during storms, or other vessels could crash into them.
Transportation collisions could lead to oil or gas leaks, explosions, and other dangerous incidents. They also might cause long-lasting detriment to the environment.
Capsizing or sinking platforms
Natural disasters can give rise to huge waves, powerful winds, and heavy rainfalls that play a part in destabilizing platforms. For instance, a drilling rig working near the Canadian shores was hit by a wave, as per usual.
However, on that particular day in 1982, water began to enter the control room through a broken porthole. Though some vessels were nearby, they were not equipped to perform sea rescues in inclement weather. The entire crew perished, mostly from drowning or hypothermia.
At times, the variables that led to these disasters were controllable. A single failed duty, missed warning sign, or ignored safety procedure could set off a string of events that end in catastrophe.
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Seek Justice for Catastrophic Injuries
Workers and others near oil platforms could suffer life-altering injuries or even death. Are you dealing with the aftermath of any of the conditions described below?
- Amputations and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Hearing loss
- Internal injuries or bleeding
- Occupational illnesses and injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
Phillips Law Group can help you understand and defend your rights if you were hurt in an oil rig accident. It all starts with a free consultation during which we can examine your legal options and choose the best course of action for you.
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Pursuing Damages for Oil Rig Accident Injuries
Sadly, the oil industry sees dozens of tragic accidents every year. When human errors such as poor safety procedures and inadequate training are involved, the accountable parties should take responsibility for their mistakes.
At Phillips Law Group, our personal injury attorneys are poised to recover compensation for oil rig accident victims. As part of our commitment to providing high-quality legal services, we seek maximum compensation for our clients. During a free consultation, you could find out whether you are eligible to be compensated for your losses.
Did one of your possessions sustain physical damage in an oil rig incident? The liable party should pay for repairs or reimburse you for the replacement value of your item. Qualifying property might include boats, buildings, or vehicles.
An experienced lawyer might be able to recover additional damages, such as legal fees or lost revenue if you used your property for business.
Though receiving medical attention after an accident can initially seem like a relief, medical bills can soon make victims anxious about their future. Out of desperation, some make serious mistakes, even accepting settlements that are not enough to cover their bills in the long run.
Since our law firm considers your long-term wellbeing, our capable lawyers understand the full value of your legal claim. We can help you seek compensation to cover your past and future accident-related healthcare expenses, such as:
- Emergency services
- Hospital and doctor fees
- Diagnostic tests
- Transportation to appointments
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If you missed work because of your accident, you could qualify for reimbursement of your salary. You could also seek the value of personal leave, vacation time, and sick days you used during your ordeal.
If your condition prevents you from working, the liable party should pay you for your lost earning potential. Providing adequate documentation to meet the eligibility requirements for lost wage compensation is not easy, but don’t despair. Our lawyers can help you calculate and gather evidence to support your lost wages claim.
Wrongful death lawsuits can provide financial security for families affected by fatal oil rig accidents. Close family members, usually spouses, children, or children, can file claims for damages resulting from their loved one’s loss.
In addition to the damages above, wrongful death lawsuits could compensate relatives for funeral expenses, pain and suffering, the loss of companionship, and more.
Sometimes special damages are awarded when a defendant is found grossly negligent or malicious. For instance, did someone involved with the oil rig accident intentionally cause harm to the victims? Did the perpetrators realize that grave injury could result from their unsafe behavior?
This monetary penalty is designed to discourage the offending party and others from repeating similar acts.
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Benefit From the Extensive Resources of Phillips Law Group
The oil and gas industries have vast assets at their disposal. Sadly, they sometimes use their deep pockets to fight against taking responsibility for their errors.
At Phillips Law Group, our compassion moves us to do what we can to pursue justice for accident victims. Our experience and resources make it possible. Since our firm began, we have collected over $750 million for clients who trusted us to protect their rights.
Now, it’s about time you have someone on your side. Our law firm is one of the largest in Arizona, yet our reach extends beyond the Grand Canyon State.
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