Eagle Ford Shale Accident Lawyers
If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury in the Eagle Ford Shale Region of Texas, the attorneys at Williams Hart are here to help you. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
After a serious injury accident, you likely have many questions about your rights and legal options. In addition to an increasing number of medical bills, you are likely wondering when or even if you will be able to return to work.
Williams Hart has been helping all kinds of accident victims in Texas since 1983. Our firm understands the lifelong impact that many Eagle Ford Shale accidents have not just on victims, but entire families. We are here to put our experience, skill, and vast resources to work for you. Call (713) 352-7071 to have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Why Do I Need an Eagle Ford Shale Accident Lawyer?
People who are injured in accidents caused by other parties face considerable financial stress, so it is not surprising that some individuals begin to think that a big upside to not hiring an attorney is being able to keep more money. This assumption rarely plays out as imagined. Insurance companies that do make settlement offers typically lowball victims. You might be able to negotiate a better settlement for yourself, but unwillingness to accept a settlement could also risk the insurer deciding to offer nothing at all.
Most phone calls from insurance company representatives have a goal of trying to get people to make certain statements that ultimately hurt their cases. You risk unknowingly admitting to a much greater share of fault than you ever intended. You want to hire a lawyer to handle phone calls from insurers on your behalf. Williams Hart will begin settlement negotiations with an insurance company, and we are also willing to file a lawsuit if the insurer does not offer to pay adequate compensation.
Why Choose Williams Hart?
Williams Hart has a record of success that includes several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. Some of our results have included $1.5 million recovered for an individual who suffered a right elbow injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an explosion at an oil refinery, and $1.6 million for an individual who slipped and fell at an oil refinery.
Our firm offers a great deal of experience in many of the practice areas that are most common to Eagle Ford Shale accidents, such as workplace injuries and motor vehicle accidents. We work closely with our clients so they are always up to date on what is occurring with their cases.
When you work with Williams Hart, we will provide a complete independent investigation of your accident. We will collect all of the necessary evidence and determine all of the parties that can be held liable for your injuries.
Our firm also provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis. When you work with us, you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
Injured Workers in Eagle Ford Shale Accidents
Many workers in the Eagle Ford Shale are employed in the oil or natural gas (fracking) industries. These types of positions often involve very long hours of grueling manual labor in exhausting conditions. Accidents frequently occur on job sites in the Eagle Ford Shale, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Contact with equipment or other objects
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Caught in machine accidents
These types of accidents can stem from any one of a number of possible causes, most of them involving the negligence of another party. Failure to use proper safety precautions, lack of maintenance, and defective parts can all be contributing factors in these cases.
Determining the exact cause of these accidents can be extremely complicated, and many employers will work quickly to clean up accident scenes and, thus, get rid of evidence. Williams Hart will know how to handle the investigation of these types of accidents and dig into paperwork to find proof of negligence when necessary.
Eagle Ford Shale Truck Accidents
Oil and gas workers are not the only people who suffer injuries in accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale. Many residents of communities in towns in one of the 26 counties in the geographic area may be involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by one of these employees.
The large number of oil and gas providers in the Eagle Ford Shale area has inevitably led to an increase in large truck traffic. Commercial vehicles such as oil tankers must share the roads with other motor vehicles in the area.
The vast size of these vehicles usually means that these crashes usually result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale include, but are not limited to:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver error
- Lack of vehicle maintenance
- Defective equipment
- Lack of commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Distracted driving
Crashes involving these types of vehicles are extremely complex. In some cases, multiple parties could bear liability. Third parties could be responsible for the maintenance of these vehicles. Cases involving defective parts can result in product liability actions. It is not out of the question for a single case to involve multiple defendants.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been injured in the Eagle Ford Shale area, you likely have many questions about your accident. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at our firm concerning this topic here.
What happens when I am injured on the job by a third party contractor?
Third-party contractor negligence is unfortunately common on drilling sites all over Texas. In these cases, another party can indeed be liable for a victim’s injuries. Determining liability can be extremely complicated in some cases though. Disputes about liability can arise. It is critical for victims to work with attorneys in these situations.
What are the 26 counties in the Eagle Ford Shale?
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lists the Eagle Ford Shale Geological Area as including Leon County, Robertson County, Madison County, Milam County, Brazos County, Grimes County, Lee County, Bastrop County, Fayette County, Gonzales County, Lavaca County, DeWitt County, Wilson County, Karnes County, Bee County, Live Oak County, Atascosa County, McMullen County, Frio County, La Salle County, Dimmit County, Zavala County, Maverick County, Burleson County, and Webb County.
What is personal protective equipment?
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes personal protective equipment (PPE) as equipment worn to minimize exposure to multiple hazards. Some of the most common types of PPE include gloves, hard hats, and full body suits. Many jobs in the oil and gas industry require PPE as part of strict compliance with safety guidelines. OSHA requires employers to pay for PPE used to comply with OSHA standards.
Eagle Ford Shale Accidents Statistics
The San Antonio Express-News reported in March 2015 that 272 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale in 2014. The figure represented a 13 percent increase from the previous year.
According to the Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas, 1,360 drilling permits were issued in the first seven months of 2018. The Eagle Ford Shale saw 798,063 barrels of oil production, 4,497 million cubic feet (Mcf) per day of natural gas production, and 157,767 barrels of condensate production.
The RRC reported that the top five oil operators in the Eagle Ford Shale in 2016 were EOG Resources, Inc. (79,342,397 barrels), Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. (37,294,430), Chesapeake Operating, L.L.C. (36,698,940), Burlington Resources O&G Co. LP (31,280,213), and Marathon Oil EF LLC (29,061,059). The top gas operator was Lewis Petro Properties, Inc. with 214,962,409 MMcf, and Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC was the top condensate operator with 20,656,298 barrels.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 120 fatal work injuries in the oil and gas industry in 2008. The three most common events in these cases were traffic accidents (41 percent), contact with objects or equipment (25 percent), and fires or explosions (15 percent). Texas had the highest fatality total of any state with 41.
The BLS reported that there were 2,400 nonfatal injury and illness cases for drilling oil and gas wells in 2003, 4,700 in 2005, and 4,200 in 2007. In 2007, the BLS said the drilling oil and gas wells industry had median days away from work of 30, significantly higher than the median for all industries of 7.
Contact an Eagle Ford Shale Accident Attorney Today
For nearly four decades, Williams Hart has been fighting for accident victims in communities all over Texas. Our firm has seen an increase in the number of claims in the Eagle Ford Shale area and is prepared to assist victims with the various claims that can arise.
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in an accident in the Eagle Ford Shale area? You will want to call Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 or contact us online to have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.