Drilling Rig Accidents | Midland Oilfield Injury Attorneys
As the oil and gas industry in Midland grows, so too does the number of oilfield accidents that occur each year. The Permian Basin is often considered to be the heart of the American oil industry, and is responsible for approximately one third of our country’s oil production. And although the Basin provides employment and prosperity to local residents, its growth is also contributing to a rise in drilling rig accidents in Midland.
If you or a loved one has been injured working at the oilfield and are considering hiring a Midland oilfield injury lawyer, then our Midland accident attorneys at Carabin Shaw are here to give you the information you need to get started. Read on to learn more about drilling rig accidents in Midland, and what you should do if you’ve been hurt on the job.The Permian Oil Boom
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 75,000 square mile Permian Basin generates an average of 3.9 million barrels of crude oil per day. A recent TIME Magazine story on the Basin notes that the Permian has resulted in a “windfall” of oil that has helped America move from depending on foreign oil to becoming the world’s largest producer of crude oil in only a handful of years, and noted that this windfall is expected to continue for years to come.
But despite all of the good things this current oil boom has done for our country, it also means that oilfield injuries are on the rise as well.The Downside of the Boom
Because the Midland area’s oil industry has grown so rapidly in such a short period of time, the oilfields are now expanding faster than the city’s infrastructure can keep up. Roads that were not designed for large commercial vehicles are now traversed by hundreds of eighteen wheelers every day as these trucks haul oilfield equipment to and from job sites, making the highways much more dangerous for everyone and increasing traffic fatalities. In 2017 alone, there were 1,457 serious accidents in the Basin. And between 2008 and 2017, a staggering 1,566 oilfield workers across the industry died on the job, with many of these deaths occurring in the Basin.
The Permian Basin holds 489 operational drilling rigs. That’s more than half of the drilling rigs in all of the United States. And worst of all, the upstream oil industry is still exempt from key OSHA safety regulations. These factors and more are contributing to making an already inherently dangerous industry even scarier for its employees.Have You Been in a Drilling Rig Accident in West Texas? You Need a Lawyer
If you’ve been hurt on the job working at an oilfield, you need to speak with a Midland oilfield injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out your rights and your options. The right lawyer can help you get your life back on track after your workplace injury, and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Here at Carabin Shaw, our Midland accident attorneys have a combined 200 years of legal experience. Our attorneys have more than two decades of experience handling oilfield injury claims, meaning we have the experience and the know-how to handle these complex and difficult cases. At Carabin Shaw, we believe that negligent oil companies must be held accountable whenever workers are injured. If you decide to entrust us with your case, we will fight for you tirelessly to get you the settlement you deserve.
To find out what we can do for you, reach out to an attorney at Carabin Shaw today. We offer all new clients a no cost, no obligation initial consultation with an attorney, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call. To receive your free consultation with a qualified Midland oilfield injury lawyer, contact our office at 432-620-0544.