Houston Defective Machinery Oilfield Injury Lawyers
Oil field machinery is dangerous to operate, even for experienced workers. It can pose life-threatening risks when not properly maintained or if defects are not corrected. Potential injuries include paralysis, traumatic brain injury, loss of limbs, and more.
If you or a loved one was injured while working with oil field machinery, you need the help of an experienced attorney. Victims of heavy machinery accidents often face costly medical bills, lost wages, and a lifetime of difficulties. The experienced attorneys at Williams Hart will fight on your behalf to ensure you secure the compensation you’re entitled to. To learn more, contact us at (713) 352-7071 for a free consultation.
Types of Defective Machinery Cases We Handle
Dangerous or defective machinery accidents occur under a number of circumstances. These are some of the most common types of cases we handle:
Improper Safety Standards: As many oil field workers know, this industry is inherently dangerous. But employers still have a responsibility to provide the safest working environment possible. This includes implementing strict safety standards and sticking to them. When employers fail to train workers on proper safety or neglect to maintain safety standards, workers’ lives are put at risk. Those suffering from machinery-related injuries have a right to hold their employer responsible for a lack of safety standards.
Defective or Dangerous Design: The machinery used in oil fields across Texas must undergo rigorous testing and meet strict safety standards. This is to ensure the machinery operates safely before being released. But due to design flaws and mistakes during the manufacturing process, some machinery is released while still posing safety risks. If you were injured due to defective oil field machinery, you have a right to hold third parties responsible for their negligence.
Neglected Maintenance: It is typically the employer’s responsibility to maintain any machinery or equipment used in their oil fields. Without proper maintenance, oil field machinery may fail to work properly, presenting significant risks to the operator. If you were harmed by heavy machinery due to neglected maintenance, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Failure to Address Technical Issues: Workers should expect that the oil field machinery they use is free from technical problems. Unfortunately, some gas and oil companies prioritize profits over safety. Technical issues should be dealt with in a timely manner to prevent injury. If an employer notices technical issues with their machinery but fails to address them, this is a clear breach of their responsibility to provide a safe working environment.
Statistics on Injuries Caused by Oil Field Machinery
Accidents involving heavy machinery happen more often than many people realize. For example:
Oil drilling and gas extraction is dangerous work. In fact, the fatality rate for workers in this field is four to seven times higher compared to other industries in the United States.
With an abundance of oil fields, it’s no surprise that a large percentage of injuries and fatalities occur in Texas. The state has one of the highest proportions of fatalities for workers in the oil and gas industry.
In a recent study of this industry, drilling operations had the largest proportion of fatalities, representing 26%. According to the study, the most on-site fatalities involved heavy machinery, such as cranes, forklifts, and winch trucks.
The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) took an in-depth look at the types of injuries suffered on-site at oil fields. A large percentage of incidents were related to machinery and equipment. Out of 488 incidents in 2018, 27.66% were “struck-by” injuries, 27.25% were “caught-between” injuries, and 6.35% were “struck-against” injuries.
According to the IADC’s study, many lost-time incidents were due to injuries involving drill collar clamps, engines and pumps, pressure hoses, lines, pipes, tubulars, and other equipment and machinery.
How Williams Kherkher Can Help
Williams Hart has a long track record of success. Whether fighting on behalf of gas and oil workers, or other victims who were injured in industrial accidents, we never settle for less.
Some of our recent victories include:
$11,500,000 recovered for a family whose loved one died in an industrial accident.
$1,600,000 recovered for a man who slipped and fell due to unsafe conditions at an oil refinery, resulting in injuries to his knees.
$1,500,000 recovered for a victim who sustained an elbow injury as well as PTSD after being involved in an explosion at an oil refinery.
$1,600,000 recovered for the victim of an industrial accident who suffered a lower back injury.
$1,600,000 recovered for the victim of an industrial accident who sustained severe injuries to the neck and lower back.
Frequently Asked Questions About Defective Machinery Cases
If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving heavy oilfield machinery, you likely have questions about your rights and legal options. While some oilfield workers will qualify for workers’ compensation benefits from their employer (which helps pay for medical care and a portion of lost wages), you also might be eligible to take legal action against the manufacturer if the product or a part was defective and caused the accident. Read some of our frequently asked questions below to better understand how these claims work:
How much is my defective machinery case worth?
Every situation is different, so there is no set amount of compensation for defective machinery cases. In the state of Texas, victims of dangerous or defective machinery are entitled to compensation based on “damages.” Damages are broken down into two categories: economic losses and non-economic losses.
If you incurred medical bills, hospital fees, ambulance bills, or any other out-of-pocket expenses, they would all be covered by compensation for economic losses. Economic losses also include lost wages and loss of future earning capacity, if you can no longer work due to your injuries.
You may receive additional compensation for non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, and more. When determining your total compensation, all of your economic and non-economic losses will be taken into consideration.
My loved one died due to defective or dangerous oil field machinery. Can I file a claim on their behalf?
Yes. In the state of Texas, you are entitled to file a claim for wrongful death and can recover compensation as described above. You may also recover compensation for loss of companionship or loss of consortium.
What’s the deadline for filing a lawsuit for defective or dangerous machinery?
The deadline for filing a lawsuit, also known as the “statute of limitations,” varies depending on the exact type of claim. In Texas, the deadlines for filing a lawsuit are:
Two years from the date of injury when filing a lawsuit for personal injury.
Two years from the date of death when filing a lawsuit for wrongful death.
If you’re filing a claim for workers’ compensation, you must file it within one year of your accident.
Although this might seem like plenty of time, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you can resolve the claim and potentially recover compensation. Also, your attorney will likely need to take depositions of relevant witnesses for your case. Witnesses may forget important facts regarding the incident if you wait too long.
Why should I seek compensation?
Defective or dangerous machinery can cause severe injuries. Your injuries might be so severe that you’re facing astronomical hospital bills. Meanwhile, you might be forced to take time off work, or you might have to stop working altogether. In either case, you should go after the highest compensation available to offset the financial impact of your injuries.
Another thing to consider is that there are limitations to workers’ compensation benefits. If you only file a claim with the workers’ compensation system, you may receive a portion of your lost wages, disability benefits, and medical expenses. But, you will not be compensated for your pain and suffering. Additionally, it is not mandatory for employers in the state of Texas to provide workers’ compensation, so these benefits might not even be available to you.
By filing a lawsuit in the court system, you can be made “whole” again by recovering full compensation for both economic and non-economic losses.
Also, if your loved one died and they were the sole provider for your family, it’s critical to seek full compensation by filing a lawsuit. Compensation can help support your family in the aftermath of a significant loss.
Why should I choose Williams Hart?
At Williams Hart, we’ve made it our priority to uphold the rights of those injured by dangerous and defective machinery. With decades of combined experience, our legal team isn’t afraid to take on deep-pocketed corporations and other negligent parties.
We understand that in the wake of a serious injury, you’re likely facing costly medical care and a loss of income. This is why we charge absolutely zero fees or costs unless we recover a settlement or verdict in your favor. Starting with your free consultation, we’ll handle your case on a contingency basis while we work toward securing your compensation.
Our law firm also has access to top-notch experts to consult on complex issues of liability. Using experts and other resources, we will build the strongest case possible.
Call Now to Meet with a Defective Machinery Lawyer in Houston
If you or someone you love was hurt in a defective machinery accident, our Houston oilfield injury lawyers are ready to help. To get started, contact us at (713) 352-7071 and schedule a free consultation.
Our legal team will address your questions and concerns, identify who may be liable for your injuries, and discuss your potential options for compensation.