Oil Rig Explosion Injuries
Injured on a Rig? Arnold & Itkin LLP Can Help!
Crude oil is in demand in the United States as we aim to pull away from foreign oil dependency and look to sustain our own oil industry. In recent years, offshore drilling has become more favorable than ever before. To tap into the massive reserves of oil under the ocean and right off our own coasts, oil rig platforms have been erected throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the drilling and refining of crude oil happens right out at sea.
Oil companies provide thousands of workers with jobs, but these giant rigs can be an incredibly hazardous place to work. Working on a platform is known as one of the most dangerous jobs in America for good reason.
Blowouts & Oil Rig Explosions
Drilling utilizes astounding pressure in order to retrieve oil. Any blockage or backflow in the system can result in an intense explosion, igniting the naturally-occurring hydrocarbons in the process. These are known as “blowouts.” Blowouts are usually sudden and can rupture pipelines, causing serious amounts of pressurized oil and gas to spew into the surrounding area. They often result in catastrophic explosions and fires. Being trapped on a rig in a blowout can spell disaster. These floating platforms are equipped with preventable safety measures, and employees are generally trained on what to do in the event of a disaster. Regardless, these explosions result in severe injuries and death.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured on an Oil Rig
Were you working on a rig when there was a major accident? Oil rig explosions get a lot of media attention, especially in the years since the Deepwater Horizon spill. In that event, 11 rig workers were presumed dead on the scene, and others that were injured were flown to nearby medical facilities to receive treatment. Injured workers and families of those that lost their lives that fateful April morning put their trust in our team. We honored that trust with life-changing results.
Arnold & Itkin LLP proudly represented the victims and their families of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and we were successful in helping them achieve the financial compensation that they deserved. We have extensive and unique experience in handling these types of cases, and we may be able to help you as well.
If you were injured on an oil rig, do not hesitate in contacting Arnold & Itkin LLP. Get a free consultation by calling (888) 493-1629. We take no fee unless you win your case, so call now!
Crude oil burns at a temperature of 257° to 494° Fahrenheit and oil rig explosions occur with tremendous force. Pressurized crude oil and hydrocarbon gas releases from pipelines quickly and if met with torches or fire, the result is an immense explosion. Workers may be directly burned from flames or receive skin burns from the heat and smoke.
Brain injuries can occur on oil rigs during an explosion or a fire for numerous reasons. Falling debris from damaged structure may land on a worker, a worker may be forced down because of the pressure of the explosion itself, or a worker may find that they experienced significant oxygen deprivation because of smoke inhalation during the resulting fire. Brain injuries are incredibly serious and require immediate medical attention and may result in long-term recovery.
The force at which an explosion leaves a well or pipe can be enough to knock someone off their feet; however, the resulting fall may seriously and permanently damage a worker's spine. Spinal cord and neck injuries are considered medical emergencies and need to be dealt with in timely manner to ensure that paralysis does not occur and that no further damage is done to the spinal column, nerves, or muscles around the vertebrae. Financial compensation can help pay for medical care after a devastating spinal injury.
Oil rigs consist of giant metal structures with large operating tools at soaring heights, and are exposure to all ocean elements. Crush injuries are a very real risk after an explosion, as the force of the pressure moving up a pipe and into a mud pump or hydroneumatic compensator may cause them to break lose and fall from tall heights. Any rig workers standing directly below these components as they fell may be crushed to death, trapped under the heavy machinery and become paralyzed.
One of the most gruesome injuries that can occur to offshore rig workers is dismemberment. In the event of an explosion, arms and legs can become trapped in equipment and be torn from the body. Unlike surgical amputation, these terrible accidents often result in an untimely death if medical assistance is not provided immediately.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve: Call (888) 493-1629
Offshore oil companies have a duty to provide their employees with the necessary safety precautions to prevent a major disaster at sea; however, some accidents cannot be avoided. Oil explosions can have devastating effects on coastal communities, fishing, and the economy - but no effect can be as heartbreaking and difficult to get through as a serious injury received by a rig worker during the initial explosion.
If you or a loved one has been tragically injured or wrongfully killed in an oil rig explosion, you deserve compensation. At Arnold & Itkin, LLC, we have past experience in representing workers that were injured in explosions and fires on rigs. Our team was able to obtain favorable outcomes for our clients that were injured in the Deepwater Horizon and BP oil spill. All told, we have won billions of dollarsfor our clients.
If you were injured in any explosion off the coast of California, in the Gulf of Mexico, or anywhere in the United States, contact Arnold & Itkin, LLC. With our experience and record for to results, you may be able to receive the compensation that you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact our firm today.