Our land rig accident attorneys stand up to oil and gas companies such as:
- Baker Hughes
- Burlington Resources
- Chicago Bridge & Iron
- COG Operating LLC
- Encana Corporation
- EP Energy
- EOG Resources
- Endeavor Energy Resources
- Kinder Morgan
- Marathon Oil Corporation
- Marathon Petroleum Corporation
- Motiva Enterprises
- Murphy Oil Corporation
- Noble Energy
- Occidental Petroleum Corporation
- Phillips 66
- Pioneer Natural Resources
- Royal Dutch Shell
- SM Energy
- Valero Energy
- XTO Energy Inc.
We also take cases against companies such as Apache Corporation, Cactus Drilling Company, CEMEX, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy Corporation, Helix Energy Solutions Group, Helmerich & Payne, Hitachi, Sendero Drilling, Turner Industries Group LLC, Weatherford International, and more. To learn more, call today.
We Even the Playing Field Against Large Companies
One way drilling companies transport gas is by truck. If these trucks are involved in collisions then they pose an environmental threat as well as a threat to the safety of individuals—especially since there could be a gas and oil explosion. In virtually all explosions, equipment malfunction is to blame. Oil rig workers may also become ill due to toxic exposure. According to a National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety study, fracking workers are routinely exposed to extremely high levels of benzene. Benzene is a colorless gas that has been linked to cancer.
Research conducted on fracking sites shows that workers opening hatches on well sites will be exposed to high amounts of benzene on an average day. Hatches are opened around four times per hour, with workers breathing in benzene for two to five minutes. Long-term, this results in damage to the nervous system, kidney, liver, and immune system. It is also linked to leukemia.
If an employer does not provide their employees with the necessary safety equipment while dealing with these toxic chemicals, they are liable for the illness that results.
Are oilfield accidents adequately investigated?
The Houston Chronicle recently concluded a yearlong investigation that revealed that there is hardly any federal response to tragic accidents on drilling rigs, even in the event of massive injury. While offshore drilling platforms have received a great deal of attention regarding safety standards and reform, onshore and mobile drilling has remained without safety reform for over 20 years. The oil and gas industry was excluded from a comprehensive safety reform program that OSHA initiated in 1992, with officials promising a separate and distinct program specifically for well services and drilling rigs. As a result of an administration change, that program never came. As it currently stands, OSHA policy asserts that they are required to investigate an accident only when someone is killed or three workers are hospitalized. Even in these cases, companies sometimes choose not to report accidents to OSHA. OSHA has assigned 95 inspectors to oversee all of Texas’ work sites, which includes restaurants, construction sites, retail, and all other workplaces. These few inspectors are responsible for overseeing the entire Texas oil and gas industry, despite many of these inspectors having minimal (if any) training or experience with oil- or gas-related occupations. In addition, some oil companies have chosen to turn away inspectors when they did not come with a warrant, despite OSHA’s sole goal of employee safety. The findings of the report found that 78% of oil drilling accidents in Texas were due to a lack of safety procedure.
If I'm found partially at fault, is there still hope?
Absolutely. The law recognizes when there's shared fault in an accident. Comparative negligence (or percentage of fault) is the principle that will be used if you were found to have been partially at fault for the injuries that you sustained. If you were found to be 20 percent at fault, for example, you may only seek up to the amount of compensation that the other party was found liable for. If this were a case where there was an estimated $1,000,000 in damages, this would mean you could recover up to $800,000.
When will my case go to court?
Not all cases have to go to court—many can be settled outside of the courtroom. Our firm will pursue a settlement outside of court if your opponent makes an offer that's fair to you, but we are not afraid to pursue a court case if the defendant is not willing to settle for a proper amount.
How long do I have to file my oilfield injury claim?
It depends on the specific nature of your claim. Different states have different time limits on accident claims. For example, North Dakota law gives personal injury plaintiffs 6 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. Texas, meanwhile, only gives people two years from the date of injury. However, workers' compensation benefits have a 1-year statute of limitations, so any work injury claims need to be filed very quickly after an injury. Our attorneys have experience winning maximum compensation for both.
How do I know who is responsible for my accident?
Many times it will not be obvious who is at fault for your injuries. Because negligence is not a direct action, most people tend to only see the consequences rather than the negligence itself. The job of our firm is to investigate your claim so that we can accurately determine, with the help of other industry experts, who was at fault for your injuries. It may be one party, but it also may be multiple parties. Whatever the case, whoever is found to be responsible will be held liable.
Arnold & Itkin's commitment to the success of our clients is our first priority. We will not compromise when it comes to your success and security—both today and for the rest of your life.
We help people throughout Texas, including Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo. You can find us fighting for clients throughout places such as:
- Bee County
- DeWitt County
- Dimmit County
- Frio County
- Gonzales County
- Gregg County
- Harrison County
- La Salle County
- Lavaca County
- Live Oak County
- Maverick County
- McMullen County
- Nacogdoches County
- Panola County
- Rusk County
- San Augustine County
- Shelby County
- Webb County
- Wheeler County
- Wilson County
- Zavala County
If you have been injured in a drilling rig accident, call our firm as soon as possible. At Arnold & Itkin, we are proud to take on the cases of injured oilfield workers so they do not get cheated out of the compensation they rightfully deserve. Even if you are unsure if you are entitled to a claim, the best way to find out is by speaking with someone who regularly handles these cases.
Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.
Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.