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Texas Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer

Any explosion can lead to catastrophic injuries for victims. Oil rig explosions tend to be particularly severe and often result in tremendous injury or death for victims. For an oil rig worker, an explosion is the most dangerous incident that can occur. Unfortunately, oil platforms are high-risk areas for explosions and they are often caused by an employer’s negligence.

If you or someone you care about has been injured and needs help from a Texas oil rig explosion attorney, contact the Doan Law Firm today. Our team is ready to investigate what happened so we can secure any compensation you may be entitled to.

Why Choose The Doan Law Firm For Texas Oil Rig Explosion Claims?

In the aftermath of an oil rig explosion injury, you need to turn to an explosion attorney that has a deep understanding of the emotions and concerns victims and their families experience. You can count on the Doan Law Firm to be by your side.

  • Because we are one of the largest personal injury law firms in the United States, we are able to put extensive resources into investigating every oil rig explosion case we take.
  • We pride ourselves in giving individualized attention to each client. Even though founder Jimmy Doan is supported by an extensive team, he is available for direct contact with each client.
  • We specialize in mass casualty cases such as oil rig explosions, and we are not afraid to go after any negligent party, regardless of who they are.
  • Our firm takes all oil rig explosion cases on a contingency fee basis, which means clients pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. You only owe us legal fees after we secure the compensation you are entitled to.

What Will A Texas Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer Do To Help?

Your attorney will be responsible for investigating every aspect of your case. This includes:

  • Gathering evidence from the incident as well as obtaining safety documents related to the company/oil rig.
  • Ensuring you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who will assess the full extent of your injuries.
  • Negotiating with all parties involved to secure all compensation necessary for your injury-related expenses.

How Do Texas Oil Rig Explosions Occur?

There are various causes of oil rig explosions. Those who work on oil rigs operate with or near heavy machinery and combustible substances on a daily basis. Because these oil rigs are in unpredictable environments (rough seas and weather), all it takes is a single mistake, machinery defect, or an untrained person to cause a serious explosion.

Some of the most common hazards that can lead to oil rig explosions include:

  • Defective ventilation systems that can cause a buildup of hazardous fumes
  • Improperly grounded electrical wiring or equipment
  • Poorly maintained pipelines that leak or spray fuel
  • Improper use of torches or welding devices
  • Corrosion of electrical or mechanical equipment
  • Improper storage of flammable materials or other equipment

What Kind Of Injuries Are Caused By Oil Rig Explosions in Texas?

There are various types of injuries that can occur in an oil rig explosion, including those caused by the explosion itself as well as injuries caused by secondary explosion effects.

An explosion usually results in a pressure wave that can cause extensive damage to any gas-filled structures inside the human body. The injuries caused by an explosion wave can include:

Additionally, injuries can be caused by the human body impacting objects due to the force of the explosion as well as by debris flying through the air. These injuries can include:

  • Penetrating injuries
  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Blunt injuries
  • Cuts
  • Impalement
  • Eye penetration
  • Lacerations
  • Amputation
  • Head wounds
  • Brain injuries

Finally, there are several injuries, illnesses, and diseases that can be the result of an explosion or due to exacerbation of existing medical conditions after the explosion. These injuries can include:

  • Burns
  • Lung damage
  • Chronic respiratory injuries
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Crushing injuries
  • Angina
  • COPD
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Cancer from chemical exposure
  • Hypertension

Who Is Liable For Oil Rig Explosion Injuries in Texas?

The most important part of the process of recovering compensation after an oil rig explosion is determining liability. In these cases, there can be one or more parties responsible for what happened.

Oil rig owners or operators could be held liable for explosion incidents. In most cases, companies will claim that an explosion was a freak accident and that nobody was to blame. Unfortunately, it is often the case that companies push profits over safety, jeopardizing the lives of everyone on an oil rig. Employers have a duty to ensure that their employees have a safe working environment. This includes their responsibility for inspecting and maintaining all equipment onboard the vessel. If they fail to do so, worn and faulty equipment could lead to a catastrophic explosion.

Safety standards and protocols are of the utmost importance on an oil rig. Employers must ensure that every worker understands the safety protocols and that they regularly receive training updates.

There may be times when equipment used on an oil rig came from the manufacturer defective. If this is the case, the company or manufacturer that sold the faulty product could be held liable in the event an explosion occurs.

Will The Jones Act Apply To Your Case?

Oil rig explosions will likely be treated differently than most workers’ compensation claims. In many cases, you may be required to use the Jones Act to secure compensation. This law applies to any seaman who is employed on a vessel on a navigable waterway in the US, was contributing to the vessel’s function, and was connected to the vessel substantially at the time of their injury.

You Should Be Compensated For Texas Oil Rig Explosion Cases

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an oil rig explosion, contact the Doan Law Firm immediately. Our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work investigating every aspect of what happened in order to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. This can include:

  • Coverage of your medical bills related to the oil rig explosion
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work well you recover
  • Possible permanent disability coverage
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the oil rig owner or operator

When you need an oil rig explosion attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by calling 1 (800) 349-0000.

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