If you or someone you love has been harmed due to an oil rig explosion, we can help you file a personal injury claim. Contact Burg Simpson for your free consultation.

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill shook the nation and prompted environmental enforcement responses from across the country. As the largest marine oil spill in history, the BP oil spill was noted as an industrial disaster. This devastating explosion claimed the lives of 11 people while leaving 17 others severely injured. Multiple victims had to be airlifted from the scene of the accident to be treated for their injuries.

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, there have been countless other explosions along our coastal areas that have caused devastating injuries and death to those involved. Dealing with the overwhelming consequences of oil rig explosions can be incredibly difficult.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an oil rig explosion, it is critically important that you understand your rights and the options that you have. Seeking help from an oil rig explosion law firm as soon as possible can help to ensure you are able to get justice.

For decades, our legal team at Burg Simpson has represented countless victims and their families across the nation who have been affected by oil spills and explosions in the Gulf of Mexico and various other bodies of water near Louisiana, Texas, and other southern states. If you have been affected by an oil rig explosion, contact our personal injury lawyers today to discuss your case and the options that are available to help you move forward.

Document the Oil Field Explosion Accident

After being injured as a result of an oilfield explosion, you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party or parties. To provide yourself with the best chance of getting justice, you will need to document as much as you are able to after your oilfield explosion.

Some of the steps that you should take to document your offshore oil rig explosion include:

  • Take photos or videos: If you are able to do so, take as many pictures and videos as you can of the scene of the incident. Pictures should include the position of all the involved machinery or oil rigs, any injuries that you have suffered, any injuries that others suffered in the incident, and various other supporting images from the scene. Evidence gathered from the scene of the oil rig explosion is often some of the strongest evidence you can have. For this reason, it is crucial that you gather as much as possible.
  • Talk to witnesses: If anyone witnessed the oil rig explosion take place, get the names and contact information of all of the witnesses. When it comes to building a strong oil rig explosion claim, testimony from witnesses to the explosion can be incredibly beneficial.
  • Keep a journal of relevant information: The time after an offshore oil rig explosion can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, the traumatic experience that victims have to go through can lead to memory loss and problems concentrating while moving forward. Victims of explosions and oil rig accidents may be unable to recollect what they went through several months or even years after their accident. For this reason, it is important to keep a journal of all the relevant information throughout your recovery process.
  • Seek medical attention immediately: It is absolutely critical that you receive timely medical treatment after being injured in an oil explosion. Even in the event that you think you are fine, it is crucial that you seek medical attention in order to evaluate your health and determine if you have any injuries or illnesses that are not visible to the human eye. Getting medical treatment quickly is also critical when it comes to documenting the medical care you require in the aftermath of your oilfield explosion.
  • Notify your employer: Offshore oil rig workers who are injured while on the job must notify their supervisor immediately. Your workers' compensation claim may be denied if you do not. If you don't tell your employer, you may lose the right to sue. Not providing timely notice of the oilfield injuries you sustained and the explosion can have a negative impact on your ability to recover compensation.
  • Protect your legal rights: Depending on the circumstances surrounding the oil rig explosions, you may have legal options available. It is in your best interest to seek the help of an oilfield explosion lawyer right away to discuss your case and get started.

Oil rig employees who are injured as a result of explosions or oil rig fires may be able to sue the responsible party for compensation. In order to recover compensation on your claim, you must be able to identify who is liable and have strong evidence against them. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to help you pursue full and timely compensation following your accident.

Oil Rigs, Oil Field Explosions, and Injuries: Who's liable?

After suffering oilfield injuries due to an explosion, you may be able to take legal action against the responsible party. It is imperative that workers injured on the job are able to identify the factors that led to the accident in order to determine who is liable.

There are several parties that are routinely identified in lawsuits after oil field explosions. These include:

  • Employers: Oil companies are responsible for ensuring safety regulations and safety practices are enforced. They must also ensure that combustible materials are properly stored and that oil field workers have adequate and functional equipment and training. When an oil company is negligent, and a worker suffers oil field injuries as a result of an explosion, they can be held liable.
  • Contractors and Subcontractors: If the oilfield explosion was caused by another person that was not your employer, you could file a legal claim against them specifically.
  • The Oil and Gas Industry: If you are employed by either a contractor or a subcontractor, you may have the opportunity to pursue a personal injury claim against the oil and gas company directly.
  • The Owner of the Property: There are many instances where oil companies lease properties from third-party owners that they use for drilling. In certain cases, an owner of the property can be held liable if an explosion occurs.
  • Oil Rig Owners: There are countless instances where explosions, collapses, fires, and other drilling accidents are caused by poor rig maintenance and even defective designs. In these cases, you have the ability to file a claim specifically against the oil rig owner to recover compensation for your damages.
  • Equipment Manufacturers: Heavy machinery used for oil drilling must be reliable. Defective equipment can quickly cause a very serious situation for rig workers. If an oil spill or an oilfield explosion is determined to have been caused by a defective machine or a defective part, the manufacturer can be held liable for any resulting damages that you have suffered.
  • Trucking or Shipping Companies: If you suffered injuries in a trucking accident while working on an oil field, you may have the ability to file a claim against the trucking company, the cargo company, or another third party who is responsible for the vehicle itself.

Injured workers who are harmed in oilfield explosions can take legal action to hold the liable parties to account. Seeking help from an oil rig explosion law firm right away is critical when it comes to protecting your legal rights after being harmed. Our legal team is available to meet with you for a free consultation at your earliest convenience to get started.

Oil Rig Explosions Often Caused by Neglect

It is no secret that working on an oil rig is incredibly dangerous. This line of work, in particular, is known for causing catastrophic and fatal injuries in the event of explosions. Unfortunately, there are many instances where careless conduct and negligence lead to these incidents taking place. When oilfield service providers, drilling companies, and even oil exploration companies are in a hurry to get the job done, they place oil rig workers at risk. There are several factors that are commonly identified in oilfield explosions. These include:

  • Inexperienced Workers: Working in the oil and crude oil industry is not for everyone. Only the most experienced workers should be working on oil rigs or in the oil field. Regrettably, oil exploration companies and even oil drilling companies often utilize inexperienced workers and those who are unqualified to perform work in the field. An oil field explosion is more likely to occur when unqualified and inexperienced workers are utilizing heavy machinery to perform the dangerous task of drilling.
  • Oil Field Employee Fatigue: Oil field workers can become exhausted very quickly. Given the oil industry is one that is considered a 24-hour industry, workers are often required to spend 12 hours or more every day in the field. Overworked oilfield workers are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to devastating oil field explosions or other accidents that result in serious injuries or death.
  • Inadequate Safety Procedures: Safety should always be a top priority for oil companies and employees. However, there are instances where oil rig companies fail to implement safety procedures, or they fail to take action when an employee does not follow the procedures that are in place. In these cases, the oil company can be held accountable for any damages caused by an oil field explosion.
  • Defective Oil Field Equipment: There are many cases where oilfield explosions take place regardless of the fact that oil companies take steps to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur. This is particularly true in cases where explosions are caused by equipment failures. When tools and machinery that are needed for drilling fail to operate effectively, it can lead to explosions, fires, electrocutions, blowouts, and other types of severe accidents.

It is undeniable that an oil spill or an explosion can have devastating consequences for those involved. If you have suffered injuries or economic damages as a result of an oilfield explosion, it is crucial that you seek help from a personal injury law firm right away. Our dedicated oilfield explosion attorneys at Burg Simpson can help you get the money that you need to cover your medical bills and more.

What kinds of injuries occur from offshore oil rig explosions?

Oilfield workers who are involved in explosions are likely to suffer from severe injuries that negatively affect their lives forever. Some of the most common injuries that have been identified in explosions along the Louisiana coast and across the coastal areas include:

Any type of serious injury will require extensive medical care. Unfortunately, these injuries often result in towering medical expenses, which can be incredibly difficult to deal with. In order to recover the financial resources that you need to pay these expenses, as well as other costs and losses you face, you must seek help from a personal injury lawyer right away. Our team at Burg Simpson can help to determine if a workers' compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit can help you protect your legal rights and get justice.

Fight for Financial Compensation

After being harmed in an oil rig explosion, offshore oil rig workers may be able to take legal action against the responsible parties. Filing a personal injury claim against the person who caused you harm can provide you with financial relief for some of the damages that you face. This can include financial relief for:

  • Lost wages: If you were forced to take any time off of work to recover from your injuries after an offshore oil rig explosion, you can recover compensation for any of the lost wages or lost earning capacity that you have endured.
  • Medical expenses: Oil rig explosions can result in severe injuries that require significant medical care. For this reason, it is critically important that injured oil rig employees are able to get the financial resources they need to cover their medical bills, both immediate and long-term.
  • Pain and suffering: You can recover compensation based on the impact that your injuries and the medical care you require has had on your life.

In addition, you have the opportunity to recover compensation for loss of consortium, wrongful death benefits if your loved one has died, and various other damages. Seeking a skilled legal team that is dedicated to creating a strong attorney-client relationship is critical when it comes to protecting your legal rights and getting justice.

What Can an Oil Rig Explosion Attorney Do for You?

Oil rig explosions are devastating incidents that can cause serious injuries, fatalities, and irreversible environmental damage. If you or a loved one has been affected by an oil rig explosion, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. However, navigating the legal process on your own can be overwhelming and confusing. That's where our experienced oil rig explosion attorneys at Burg Simpson come in.

After being injured as a result of an oil rig explosion, our dedicated legal team will take control of the legal aspect of your recovery and fight to ensure you are able to get justice. Our highly skilled explosion claims team will take control of the overall personal injury claim process to make sure that your legal rights and best interests are protected. While working with our team, you can expect that we will help you with the following:

Investigating the circumstances surrounding the explosion: An oil rig explosion can occur due to various reasons, such as equipment failure, improper maintenance, and human error.

When you hire our oil rig explosion attorney, we will use our extensive knowledge and resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding the explosion and determine which party is responsible. This process involves examining all available evidence to determine what caused the explosion.

In addition, our team will be busy collecting witness statements, reviewing safety protocols and procedures followed on-site, and analyzing maintenance records of equipment used in drilling operations. At this point, we often work with experts in different fields, like engineers or forensic analysts, to help better understand the technical aspects of how the accident occurred. By conducting a thorough investigation into your case, our team will be able to identify any negligence on behalf of operators or contractors that contributed to the explosion.

Building a personal injury claim on your behalf: After establishing who is liable for the explosion taking place, our team will build a strong personal injury claim on your behalf. We will use all of the evidence that we have gathered while investigating the circumstances surrounding the oil rig explosion. We will determine if the at-fault party has a history of being identified in oil rig explosions across the country.

After compiling all of the evidence against the negligent party following the explosion, our team will prove the damages that you have suffered as a result of the oil rig explosion taking place. To do this, we will compile medical records, property loss statements, pay stubs, and various other forms of documentation that prove the economic and non-economic damages that you face.

Demand compensation from the insurance company of the at-fault party: After gathering evidence and building a personal injury claim on your behalf, our team will demand full and fair compensation from the insurance company of the at-fault party. This is a complex process that often involves negotiating with insurance adjusters to reach a fair settlement for your damages.

Insurance companies will often try to offer you a lower amount than what you deserve, which is why having a skilled and fearless oil rig explosion attorney from Burg Simpson by your side can be crucial. Our team truly has the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate these negotiations and ensure that you receive adequate compensation to cover all of your immediate needs and future expenses resulting from the oil field explosion.

Represent you in court while fighting for justice: In some cases where the insurance company refuses to settle or offers an unjust settlement amount, filing a lawsuit may be necessary. Our attorneys can represent you in court while fighting for justice and holding the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. When it comes to going to court, having an experienced attorney by your side can give you peace of mind and increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Your attorney will be responsible for presenting evidence and arguing on your behalf while fighting for justice.

During the trial process, our legal team will work with experts such as accident reconstruction specialists and medical professionals to build a strong case that proves negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the at-fault party. We will also handle all communication with the insurance company and other parties involved. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that any damages that you face resulting from the oil rig explosion are fairly compensated.

Although dealing with the aftermath of oil rig explosions can be incredibly challenging and overwhelming, it is critical that you remember that you do not have to go through this process alone. Our dedicated and compassionate personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson will provide you with the support that you need throughout the legal process. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and damages and that the negligent party is held liable for their actions.

Contact our Law Firm Today to Discuss Your Case

Explosions can be devastating to individuals and families, both physically and psychologically. That is why Burg Simpson’s experienced legal team makes it our mission to protect victims who have been injured as a result of an explosion by providing aggressive, comprehensive, and effective legal representation.

Our commitment to helping injured oil rig workers and families affected by these incidents is evident in our proven track record of success and national reputation for standing up for the little guy in the face of massive corporations. If you or someone you know has been impacted by an explosion-related injury or wrongful death incident, contact our law firm today at (888) 895-2080 to see how our team can help you.
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