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Oil Rig Accident Lawyer Houston

Grimes & Fertitta’s oil rig accident lawyers in Houston have decades of combined experience defending the victims of oil rig accidents. We take pride in helping the families of those who have been injured or killed on the job get the justice and compensation they deserve.

Houston is home to many chemical plants and oil refineries, some of which have been in operation for nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, all of that history does not always add up to wisdom and safe practices by the oil companies. Negligence, outdated equipment, and improper training are all too common on Texas oil rigs, and the results can be devastating.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an oil rig explosion or accident, don’t rely on the oil companies to do the right thing — seek justice, and contact an oil rig injury attorney from Grimes & Fertitta today.

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How common are oil rig accidents?

Because offshore workers face a variety of dangers every day on the job, it’s up to the oil companies to ensure the safety of all workers. Unfortunately, even with federal safety regulations in place, serious drilling rig accidents still happen often.

Between the heavy equipment, long work hours, and highly flammable substances, offshore workers are exposed to extremely dangerous conditions on a regular basis. And while injuries on the job site aren’t necessarily the norm, the results can be devastating when they occur.

These are just some of the damages offshore workers face on a Texas oil rig:

  • Explosions and fires: When equipment and worksites aren’t properly maintained, sparks from tools and machinery can make contact with flammable liquids, causing explosions and fires. Additional hazards such as well blowouts also increase explosion risks.
  • Poorly managed equipment: Sharp handheld tools, heavy machinery, and construction pieces including pipes and cables are everywhere on an oil rig, and when these pieces of equipment aren’t properly stored, used, or maneuvered, workers can be struck and severely injured or killed.
  • Unsafe workspaces: Long hours and fast-paced working conditions are already a dangerous combination, and when surfaces are left uncleaned or littered with equipment, the risk of deadly falls increases significantly.

I would highly recommend Grimes & Fertitta if you're needing an attorney. I have used them twice, both were when I was involved in car accidents involving large commercial vehicles. Richard always made us feel that we were his only client, he was always responsive and took the time to make sure we understood everything. He was very professional and personable in every conversation. He fought hard for us and never steered us in the wrong direction.

Jason S. | Personal Injury Client

Your right to a safe workplace on a Texas oil rig

Your employer is obligated to provide you with a safe work environment and follow regulations such as those set forth by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When oil companies violate regulations like these they place Texas oil rig workers at great risk and can be held accountable for any damages or injuries that are caused.

Nevertheless, even if they are 100% at fault, oil companies often try to undermine claims. With lawyers at their beck and call, these companies excel at acting quickly to cut down on the compensation you receive.

The Houston offshore injury lawyers at Grimes & Fertitta are former defense lawyers for insurance agencies. They know what the moves the oil companies will try to use to keep you and your family from getting the compensation you deserve. Call us, and don’t wait; the wrongful death statute of limitations in Texas is typically two years from the date of the victim’s death. Oil companies care more about their bottom line than they do about your family.

A Houston offshore injury lawyer can help

The benefits you can receive for your offshore accident or oil rig injury are heavily dependent upon multiple factors, including the location where the accident took place, whether or not your employer provides workers’ compensation benefits, and who is at fault for the actual injury.

If you’ve been injured in an offshore accident, there are several ways you may be able to obtain additional benefits, even if your employer already provides workers’ compensation.

  • Workers’ compensation In Texas, workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” policy, meaning that you are eligible for benefits and compensation even if you are deemed at fault for your own injuries. However, if your employer is at fault or if the accident resulted in wrongful death, you may be entitled to additional benefits, including medical benefits, income benefits, death benefits, and burial benefits.
  • Filing a lawsuit: If your employer does not offer workers’ compensation and you can prove that their negligence contributed to your offshore accident, you may be able to sue for the compensation you need for your recovery. The types of damages in a lawsuit are similar to the benefits you would seek in a workers’ compensation case.
  • The Jones Act: Seamen working on a navigable offshore drilling rig may be able to obtain compensation through the Jones Act. In order for your case to qualify for benefits under the Jones Act, you and your oil rig injury lawyer must also establish fault on the part of your employer.

Regardless of employer coverage, do not agree to any kind of settlement offer from your employer or insurance company before speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney who can advise you of your rights. Call Grimes & Fertitta, dedicated and experienced attorneys practicing in personal injury in Houston and The Woodlands, who are ready to fight for you.

Has an oil rig accident caused you pain and suffering? Grimes & Fertitta are just a phone call away

Grimes & Fertitta, the oil rig accident lawyers in Houston, see the real lives behind the injuries and claims. To us, you’re more than just a case number — that’s why we emphasize thorough, highly personal service at each stage of your case.

The oil companies already have lawyers gathering evidence on their behalf in order to minimize liability, and reduce your claim to compensation. You need an oil rig injury attorney that you can trust. You need an attorney from Grimes & Fertitta.

Contact Grimes & Fertitta by calling us at 713-224-7644 or schedule a consultation online today.

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