Houston Oil & Gas Accident Attorney
Oil & Gas Accidents
After the fiery explosion of a BP offshore-drilling rig and subsequent disasterous oil leak into the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it would be difficult to find anyone in the U.S. who didn’t understand the far-reaching consequences of accidents that occur in the oil and gas industry. Loss of life at the moment an accident occurs can be compounded by further losses – of lives, health, livelihoods and more – in the aftermath of the initial event. While the industry provides much-needed sources of fuel and other products, its associated dangers can leave workers and others seriously injured. If you’ve been hurt by an oil or gas accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
At the Stephens Law Firm, Houston oil and gas accident attorney Joe Stephens is known for his aggressive representation of workers who have been harmed in oilfield explosions, equipment failures, offshore rig mishaps and other oil and gas accidents. Perhaps because he put himself through college by working in an Oklahoma oil field, Houston personal injury and wrongful death attorney Joe Stephens feels a special connection with oil and gas workers who have been hurt on the job. He has represented employees who have sustained catastrophic wounds, and he understands the profound effect that severe injuries can have on the victim and on his or her loved ones. When you’ve been hurt in an oil and gas accident, you won’t find a stronger advocate than Houston injury lawyer Joe Stephens.
The oil and gas industry includes businesses that drill for oil and gas, that conduct exploration, and those that provide related field services, such as cleaning or treating wells, plugging them, or any of the many other services necessary to support the industry.
Houston accident attorney Joe Stephens has seen the serious injuries that can occur on oilfields and on drilling platforms. He’s see the U.S. Department of Labor’s most recent statistics that put the rate of injuries for oil and gas workers at more than 4 per 100 full-time workers. As a respected Houston injury attorney, Joe Stephens knows that the industry’s average for injuries that keep employees away from work is far higher than for other occupations. The department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that “median days away from work are a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses.” In its most recent data, “the drilling oil and gas wells industry had a median of 30, much higher than the median for all industries of 7.”
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration monitors incidents in America’s workplaces to ensure that safe conditions exist. For the oil and gas industry, OSHA lists top reasons for which it cites companies for violations. Citations include such potential hazards as issues with personal protective equipment, wiring methods, sanitation, respiratory protection, guarding of floor and wall openings and holes, fire extinguishers and more. It points to such dangers as falling pipe and other equipment that can strike employees; spinning chain, tongs, and other objects that can snag clothing or trap workers; well blowouts, fire and explosive dangers, and many other potential hazards.
When you’ve suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in an oil and gas accident, you want the legal know-how of Houston personal injury and wrongful death attorney Joe Stephens in your corner. At the Stephens Law Firm, Joe Stephens has put his experience to work for severely injured workers, winning multi-million dollar settlements to help compensate victims for a lifetime of pain and suffering. Houston residents know that the big oil companies pay attention when accident attorney Joe Stephens is handling your case. He’s demonstrated his skills against some of the largest companies in the industry, and he’s prepared to pursue the full compensation you deserve for your injuries or your lost loved one. Contact the Stephens Law Firm and ask for a free consultation. When you’ve been hurt, you need to know your rights.