Contractors Injured at Oil Refinery
The oil and gas industry is huge in Texas. In fact, the Lone Star state has more oil refineries than any other state in the country. As a result, it is more common for a contractor to suffer a serious injury while working at an oil refinery in Texas.
A contractor working at an oil refinery has the legal right to work in a safe environment that adheres to state and federal safety regulations. That means there is a legal duty on the owner of the refinery to ensure that workers are safe while at the refinery. If a contractor is injured due to an unsafe work condition, the owner can be held liable for the worker’s harms and losses.
Contractor Injuries at Oil Refineries a Serious Issue
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there is a disturbingly high number of oil refinery accidents that have occurred in Texas. Between 1992 and 2007, close to 40 deadly refinery accidents occurred in Texas that were reportedly caused by release of toxic gas. These refinery accidents resulted in more than 50 employee lives lost and more than 250 serious injuries.
Types of Injuries Suffered in Oil Refinery Accidents
It is common for contractors to suffer the following types of injuries in an oil refinery accident:
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of limb (e.g., arm, leg, etc.)
- Serious burns
- Torn muscles or ligaments
- Broken bones
Stand Up and Fight for Your Rights
If you or a family member was seriously injured or a loved one died in an oil refinery accident, now is the time to stand up and take legal action. Do not fall for the notion that the oil company is your friend. Oil companies and their teams of defense lawyers work diligently to sweep accidents under the rug and try to reduce or deny valid claims for compensation sought by injured employees and their families.
Assessing Liability in an Oil Refinery Accident
When an accident occurs at an oil and gas refinery (e.g., an explosion), there are could many liable parties, including parties that:
- Failed to perform required maintenance
- Failed to repair refinery equipment
- Failed to follow state and federal industry codes and regulations
- Failed to properly train workers
In addition to company workers, oil refineries make use of a number of different contractors and this can make it difficult to establish the person or parties responsible for the accident. Hiring a board certified personal injury attorney can make a world of difference. The lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates will investigate the accident for you, gather evidence and clearly establish who is responsible. It could be the company itself, another contractor or some other third party.
Pursue Financial Restitution
If you or a loved one was badly injured in an oil refinery accident, you need to take legal action right away to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses. Suffering a serious injury can result in your family incurring large unexpected medical bills, time missed from school, permanent psychological trauma, and other harms and losses.
Have Questions? Speak to an Experienced Houston Oil Refinery Accident Injury Lawyer Today
When you are seriously injured or you lose a loved one in an oil refinery accident, it can feel like the world is crumbling all around you. That is why it makes sense to retain the services of an experienced and skilled injury lawyer to help take some of the burden off your shoulders. The Houston oil refinery accident injury lawyers with Michael P. Fleming and Associates stand ready to help 713-221-6800.