Eagle Ford Shale Injury Lawyers
Injured in an Oilfield Accident in the Eagle Ford Group? We’re Here to Help.
Extending over 30 Texas counties and encompassing an area that’s roughly 400 miles long and 50 miles wide, the Eagle Ford is an important shale play that produces both natural gas and oil. According to estimates by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Eagle Ford Shale may hold about 50.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 3 billion barrels of oil.
There are billions of dollars to be made through Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas extraction efforts, but this is only possible through the hard work of oilfield workers. These men and women put their lives on the line working for Eagle Ford operators. Many people come from San Antonio and the surrounding areas because of the opportunity that working in oilfields offers. If their employers cut corners and put profits over the safety of their workers, serious oilfield accidents and injuries will result.
The following counties are associated with the Eagle Ford Shale:
- Atascosa County
- Austin County
- Bastrop County
- Bee County
- Bexar County
- Brazos County
- Burleson County
- Colorado County
- DeWitt County
- Dimmit County
- Duval County
- Fayette County
- Frio County
- Goliad County
- Gonzales County
- Grimes County
- Karnes County
- La Salle County
- Lavaca County
- Lee County
- Leon County
- Live Oak County
- Madison County
- Maverick County
- McMullen County
- Milam County
- Robertson County
- Washington County
- Webb County
- Wilson County
- Zavala County
At Arnold & Itkin, we stand up for the rights of injured oil and gas workers. We have represented victims of the biggest oil catastrophes in U.S. history, such as the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Our top-rated attorneys are known for their willingness to go to trial against the biggest opponents—and win. This has led to billions of dollars in recoveries for our injured clients and their families.
If you work in the Eagle Ford Shale and were injured in any type of oilfield accident, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (888) 493-1629 to find out how.
Holding Negligent Eagle Ford Operators Accountable
Dozens of companies and lease operators are active in the Eagle Ford Shale. These companies support the economy and create much-needed jobs, but they sometimes do so at the expense of the environment and their workers. When this happens, our Eagle Ford Shale injury attorneys are there to set things right.
We can help if you were injured while working for any Eagle Ford operator, such as:
- Apache Corp
- Anadarko Petroleum
- Cabot Oil & Gas
- Chesapeake Energy
- Devon Energy Corp.
- Forest Oil Corporation
- Goodrich Petroleum
- Murphy Oil
- Noble Energy
- Occidental Petroleum
- Pioneer Natural Resources
- Sanchez Energy
- Swift Energy
- TXCO Resources
We also represent families of workers who have lost their lives in oilfield explosions and other fatal oilfield accidents.
Eagle Ford Shale Injury FAQ
What are some types of oilfield accidents that happen in the Eagle Ford Shale?
Oilfield workers in the Eagle Ford may be at risk of experiencing catastrophic injuries or even losing their lives in accidents caused by faulty equipment, overlooked safety regulations, and negligence.
The following are examples of Eagle Ford Shale accidents:
- Falls from heights
- Oilfield explosions and fires
- Equipment-related accidents (struck by or caught in machinery)
- Hydrogen sulfide poisoning and explosions
- Electrocution and electrical injuries
Describe the circumstances leading up to your accident with our oilfield injury lawyers and we can offer insight regarding your options in seeking compensation from your employer or another at-fault party. With our experience in this area of law, we are confident in our ability to protect your rights.
What injuries do Eagle Ford oilfield workers experience?
Oil and gas workers are at risk of experiencing life-altering injuries. The nature of oilfield work and the equipment involved increase the risk of catastrophic trauma like severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, electrocution, spinal cord injuries, hearing loss, amputation, and fractures.
If you were injured while working in the Eagle Ford Shale, you should seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders, and do not be afraid to ask to see a different doctor if you are dissatisfied with the care you receive. Your employer cannot force you to go to the “company doctor.” You should also talk to an attorney about your options, rights, and responsibilities at this point in time. You could be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries, and an attorney can help you recover the full benefits you deserve.
What benefits are available for injured oilfield workers?
Eagle Ford Shale workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for oilfield injuries. These are provided on a no-fault basis, which means that an injured worker does not need to prove fault to recover benefits. If workers’ compensation does not apply or a third party (someone other than the employer or a co-worker) was responsible for an oilfield accident, however, a personal injury claim may apply. An example may be a defective piece of machinery or equipment that malfunctions and causes a fire or explosion. A worker injured in this fire may have a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective product, which would open the door to additional compensation.
Our team can talk to you about the type of case you have and what it may be worth. The goal is a full and complete recovery that helps you rebuild your life.
Traffic Accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale Region
With the Eagle Ford Shale area teeming with oil and gas activity, it is no small wonder that the nearby roads are inundated with traffic from oil tankers, gravel trucks, and other commercial vehicles. This, however, is not only inconvenient for residents—it is downright deadly. According to preliminary data released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), fatal traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale region have increased by more than 40 percent, with 2,700+ accidents causing either a fatality or a severe injury in 2012.
Injured in an Eagle Ford Shale Commercial Vehicle Accident?
Data shows that driving in the Eagle Ford Shale means that you are driving in one of the most dangerous areas of the state.
In fact, one study found that as oilfield activity increased in the Eagle Shale Region, so did the amount of accidents in the region. It found an increase of 11 percent for all types of car accidents and a 61 percent increase with accidents involving commercial vehicles.
While all traffic accidents have increased, the most dramatic rise has involved commercial vehicle accidents. According to the Eagle Pass Business Journal, since 2008 when the Eagle Ford Shale began booming, commercial vehicle accidents have increased more than 400% in La Salle County and more than 1050% in McMullen County, where oil and gas exploration continues to rise.
South Texas commercial vehicle accidents, however, are caused by more than just an increase in traffic on the road. With urgent energy production demands, commercial drivers are often pushed past logical boundaries and stay on the road even when exhausted. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a commercial accident on the Eagle Ford Shale, do not hesitate to involve an experienced lawyer.
Take Your Life Back. Call Our Eagle Ford Shale Attorneys.
You deserve to receive the money it will take to pay for your medical care, lost earnings, and ongoing expenses related to your Eagle Shale oilfield accident. If you’re experiencing problems getting the compensation you need, do not lose hope. Our attorneys can handle everything for you. While you focus on healing, we can pursue the type of result that will help you take your life back.
Contact our team today for your free case review. If we take your case, you pay no upfront costs and no legal fees unless we negotiate a settlement or win a verdict on your behalf.