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How often do oil rig explosions happen?

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Oil Field Accidents, Serious Injuries And Wrongful Death, Workplace Accidents

Working around flammable gases and electrical equipment, you are no stranger to hazardous conditions. However, among the many dangers of oil extraction, a sudden explosion can be the most devastating as it is a threat that can change or take lives in an instant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there were at least 470 oil and gas extraction worker fatalities from 2014 to 2019, citing explosions as one of the common causes. The number of oil rig explosions annually varies, but at least one occurs every year.

Injuries resulting from oil rig explosions

Although explosions can arise from many different factors, they are often the result of preventable oversights. Unsafe drilling practices, insufficient equipment maintenance or mishandling of materials can lead to tragedy.

Unfortunately, negligence by employers or third parties can result in life-changing consequences for crew members, such as:

  • Severe burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of life

Apart from being physically painful and emotionally taxing, these injuries may become a financial burden.

Exploring your legal options after an oil rig injury

If you have been injured after an oil rig explosion, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are some potential avenues to explore:

  • Workers’ compensation: If your employer has coverage, they should cover your medical expenses. However, this may not meet all your financial needs, and accepting these benefits typically means giving up the right to sue your employer for negligence.
  • Personal injury lawsuit: If your employer does not provide workers’ comp or if a third party is potentially responsible for your injuries, taking legal action may award compensation for lost wages and other damages in addition to medical expenses.
  • Wrongful death lawsuit: Family members of oil rig workers who suffered fatal injuries may sue for wrongful death and receive compensation.

Unfortunately, recovering compensation for oil rig injuries is often complicated. If you are struggling to secure the benefits you are entitled to or if you are considering taking legal action, consider turning to an experienced attorney for guidance.