OILFIELD INJURIES

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Lawyer Jim Parsons represents workers and their families when oilfield accidents cause serious personal injury or claim lives.

The East Texas Oil Fields in Cherokee, Rusk and neighboring counties is one of the largest and most productive oilfields in the United States. 

Oil well drilling and oilfield labor is dangerous work. When injuries or deaths are caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of others, the law allows injured workers or their families to recover compensation from those responsible. 

Oilfield Accidents Commonly Result From:

  • Blowouts and gushers
  • Collapsing decks
  • Gas leaks
  • Explosions
  • Falling objects
Oilfield accidents are often catastrophic in nature, resulting in serious injuries, including severe burns, multiple bone fractures and even wrongful deaths.

Third Party Liability

Ordinarily, the Texas workers' compensation system is the exclusive recourse for workers who are injured on the job. However, there are many instances when third parties—not connected with the employer—are responsible for causing the injury. 

In these situations, the workers' compensation statute does not prevent a private lawsuit against the negligent third party.

One example of third party liability is premises liability—failure of a property owner to inspect his premises for unsafe or dangerous conditions. Oilfield workers are often injured on property that is not owned by the company for whom they are working. Property owners generally owe a duty to inspect their premises for unsafe or dangerous conditions and to either repair them or post adequate warnings about the dangers. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for injuries caused by the unsafe condition. 

Defective products are another example of third party liability. It is the employer’s job to maintain tools and equipment. Some tools and equipment, however, may arrive at the job site in a defective condition because they were defectively designed or improperly manufactured at the factory. 

The law of product liability holds the manufacturer of a dangerously unsafe or defective product liable for any injuries resulting from the product’s use. 

Lawyer Jim Parsons has been a leading figure in personal injury, wrongful death and civil trial law in East Texas for over 40 years. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an oilfield accident, contact Jim Parsons for a FREE initial consultation.
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