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Bakersfield Oilfield Accident Attorney

California is one of the top oil-producing states in the nation. Many of our residents are employed in the oil industry. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen on oil rigs when safety is not the number one priority on the job.

If you have been injured in an oilfield accident, call Faulkner Law Offices in Bakersfield to schedule a free consultation. Our experienced injury lawyers can advise you of your best options for recovering compensation.

Why Choose Us to Represent You?

Our team at Faulkner Law Offices has been successfully representing clients in injury claims since 1974. Our attorneys take a personal, client-centered approach to our cases, maintaining a direct line of communication with our clients. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay us any legal fees until we recover compensation for you.  We know how serious oilfield accidents can be and will do everything in our power to secure just compensation.

Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents

Without strict adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil drilling can become a dangerous occupation. Transportation accidents, equipment and object accidents, and explosions can cause injury or death on the job. Common causes of oilfield accidents include:

  • Falls: Workers in elevated rig areas face the risk of falling from platforms unless safety guidelines are strictly followed.
  • Fires and explosions: Combustible gases that escape during drilling can react with the air, causing explosions. Fires and explosions can also occur when cutting and welding is done too close to combustible materials.
  • Electrocutions: Water and chemicals, excellent conductors of electricity, are found on oil rigs. Protective electrical insulators and regular safety inspections are essential to avoid electrocution.
  • Rig collapses: A rig that is carrying more weight than it was designed to carry can collapse. Mechanical issues due to lack of proper maintenance increase the risk of the rig collapsing.
  • Being struck by heavy objects: Oil rig workers are at constant risk of being struck by pipes, chains, rotary cables, and high-pressure hoses.
  • Being caught in machinery: Workers’ clothing or limbs can become trapped in spinning chains, rotary tables, and pipes.
  • Hazardous chemicals: It is not uncommon for oil rigs to encounter hard-to-detect, harmful chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide. Exposure to hazardous chemicals can have long-term health consequences.

Common Oilfield Accident Injuries

Oilfield accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries. Common injuries on oil rigs include:

  • Burns
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Amputation
  • Wrongful death

What to Do after a Serious Oilfield Accident

If you have been hurt in an oilfield accident, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced oilfield accident lawyer as soon as possible. Workers’ compensation may not be your only option. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may have a personal injury claim for compensation against your employer or a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective equipment.

Oilfield accident cases involve complex factual and legal issues. It is in your best interests to be represented by an attorney who is well-versed in the industry and has the knowledge, skills, and resources to go up against powerful oil companies.

Contact Faulkner Law Offices Today

Our experienced trial lawyers at Faulkner Law Offices in Bakersfield are not intimidated by large companies. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary to gain the maximum compensation. Our courtroom success rate is greater than 90%. Call us today if you have been seriously injured in an oilfield accident.