Being an oil worker of the Eagle Ford Shale is not a job to be taken lightly. Many of the hardworking people who take on this line of work end up with serious injuries due to dangerous working conditions. In some cases, these workplace accidents lead to lost wages and expensive medical bills. In others, families are left wondering what to do after a loved is killed on the job.
A quick Google search around the Internet shows countless stories and news reports related to just how dangerous the oil field is for workers, especially for those in Texas. Even one report, citing 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, points to the fact that Eagle Ford counties led the entire state of Texas in oil and gas related deaths.
There are a number of reasons for the high numbers. For one thing, there was a substantial increase in oil for a few years. This increase meant more work. However, the upswing was not the only reason, as no matter what, the work itself is just dangerous.
Oil field workers typically put in long days, doing repetitious work. Ask anyone who does the same thing over and over again and they will tell you, the repetition makes it easy to space out, only increasing the risk of injury. On top of the possibility for drilling accidents, explosions and blowouts, there is also the fact that the oil needs to be transported by tanker, which is inherently dangerous.
How an attorney can help after an oil field accident
The fact of the matter is that oil field accidents often result in serious injuries and financial losses for workers and families. Due to the severity of the injuries, a one-time accident can also have a life-long impact on a person's earning capacity.
When workplace negligence is to blame, a personal injury lawsuit may be possible. This is where an attorney can step in.
At the Law Offices of Fidel Rodriguez, Jr., we represent injured oil field workers. We uncover all of the facts, building a case for fair compensation that covers the full gamut, from medical expenses to lost income. We understand the unique challenges oil field workers face and work hard to protect their rights.