Throughout Texas, the oil industry is booming. In San Antonio, for example, bobbing oilrigs have become a common sight when traveling through the hill country. The jobs that have sprung up in the oil fields can be extremely lucrative, but they are also extremely dangerous. As we all know, some oil companies are run by those who prioritize profit over people, occasionally leaving their employees in the dust when they have been hurt on the job. In short, oil-field workers are savagely exploited. That’s why every oil-field worker needs a lawyer whose proficiency is matched by compassion. If you are a local oilfield worker who was hurt on the job, there is a San Antonio oil accident lawyer at Carabin & Shaw waiting to hear your story and help you get the reparations you deserve.
The men and women who labor in the San Antonio oil fields, who go home everyday scraped and sore, bruised and stiff, make up the muscle of the whole oil operation. Their elbow grease lubricates the gears of the machine, yet when a worker is hurt –the deluge clamps shut – at least that’s the impression a worker might get while haggling for a much-needed settlement.
Carabin & Shaw’s oil accident lawyers know this stinginess is unfair to any oilfield worker hurt on the job. We value our San Antonio oilfield workers because the fruit of their labor is a mainstay of our economy. It’s no secret that oil has contributed to our overall prosperity. But the gritty, rust-and-dirt kind of work undertaken to extract this precious substance is often unacknowledged. Everyday, the average person fills up their vehicle without entertaining even a flickering moment of gratitude for these diligent workers—taking them for granted.
If apathy is the default state of well-meaning outsiders, just imagine how the oil elites regard to their own employees.Common Oil Accidents
It will be helpful to delineate some of the regular hazards of oilfield jobs since most people outside the oil industry have thought little about them, and many higher-ups in the business overlook them.
When things go wrong on an oilfield, the consequences are often devastating for workers and their loved ones. Accidents are caused by a combination of deadly factors, such as improper employee training, defective machinery, or negligent equipment operators. The oil accident lawyers at Carabin & Shaw handle all types of personal injury claims that result from field accidents. Here is a short list of some of the accidents we have handled:
- Exposure to toxic fumes and substances
- Falling object cases
- Motor vehicle accidents related to oil field operations
- Rig malfunctions
- Oil field explosions
It makes perfect sense that these things would make the list, but in Texas, there is a natural phenomenon that is disregarded too often, namely the heat. San Antonio reaches deadly temperatures in the summer, and, according to OSHA law, it is the responsibility of employers to provide a cool area where workers can recover. For an employer of oilfield workers, this law usually implies hauling a climate-controlled facility to remote pasturelands where it might be the only one around for miles. A tight-fisted employer would rather not be bothered by such an expensive hassle.
It is the mission of Carabin & Shaw to hold all responsible parties accountable. No matter how much power a corporation boasts, we will never back down from a legal battle when an innocent oilfield worker’s well being is at stake.
If you or a loved one was injured while working in an oilfield, call us at 800-862-1260 to schedule your initial consultation at no cost to you. Our experienced San Antonio oil accident lawyers are ready to assist you.