Personal Injury Overview: What Risks Do Oil And Gas Workers Face?

This past summer, the Billings Gazette reported that some companies working on the Bakken oilfield had started hiring again after previous layoffs.

For some people, this is a hopeful sign that there's work available, and they can provide for themselves and their families. But it's also important to review the risks that workers in the oil and gas industry face.

Research published on the CDC website shows that between 2003-2013, over a hundred workers in the industry died each year (and the data may not encompass all workers). Although there have been some safety improvements in the industry, the rate of death is still several times higher than in the U.S. workforce more generally.

Both fatal and nonfatal injuries can stem from a variety of work-related accidents. These include vehicular collisions while on the job, along with explosions and fires. Workers may suffer from accidents involving hazardous equipment and toxic pollutants. They may also slip and fall in a variety of unsafe environments.

These kinds of accidents can lead to brain and spine trauma, internal bleeding, crushed organs and limbs, fractures, lacerations, amputations, and chronic illness.

What happens to workers and their families in the aftermath? How can they obtain the money they need to cover a wide variety of expenses, ranging from enormous medical bills to lost wages (and possible permanent loss of employment)?

Working with a reputable personal injury attorney after any such accident is imperative. Your attorney can discuss different options with you for obtaining compensation and ensuring that you receive a fair and sufficient amount. They can help you deal with insurance companies and resolve issues involving worker's comp. When you contact us, you can expect thorough legal advice and dedicated assistance.