Negligence or Carelessness of Other Workers | Failure to Follow Safety Procedures | Failure to Monitor for Presence of Combustible Materials
In oil and gas drilling and exploration operations, the likelihood of the presence of highly combustible materials is almost a given. To ensure the safety of workers, owners and operators must continually monitor for both the presence and accumulation of those substances and must use other reasonable safety measures. Unfortunately, production usually takes priority over safety on an offshore oil rig, often leading to tragic consequences.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a fire on an offshore oil rig, chances are the injuries are serious and catastrophic. That’s when you need experienced and proven legal counsel to protect your rights. That’s when you need the experienced personal injury lawyers at Bailey & Galyen.
Aggressive Advocacy to Offshore-Oil-Rig-Fire Victims
At the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than 40 years of experience to people throughout Texas who are injured because of the wrongful acts of others, including offshore-oil-rig workers hurt in fires. Long considered one of the premier consumer law firms in Texas, Bailey & Galyen has a well-earned reputation for getting positive results in personal injury matters. Over the past four decades, the firm has recovered more than $500 million in personal injury judgments and verdicts.
At Bailey & Galyen, we have always maintained a strong commitment to personal service and attention, with a pledge to give 100% of our efforts to every case we take. We know that a personal injury brings uncertainty and that uncertainty causes stress and anxiety. We strive to be available and accessible at all times, so you can get timely and accurate answers to your questions. We will carefully explain the law and the legal process, as well as your rights, and we’ll keep you informed of all developments in your case, helping you understand your options and chances of success, so that you can make the right decisions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Offshore-Oil-Rig-Fire Injuries
What Should I Do If I’m Hurt in an Offshore-Oil-Rig Fire?
- Your first priority should always be your health and well-being. Burn injuries can be serious, so it’s essential that you defer to medical professionals. It’s best that you don’t try to self-diagnose the extent of your injuries but instead rely on EMTs and others to help you take the right steps. Even if your burn injuries seem minor, you should go to the hospital, an urgent care facility, or your doctor’s office as soon as possible. The longer you wait to get treatment, the greater is your risk of complications or of compromising your legal claims.
- Once you receive appropriate medical care, immediately hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will initiate the process of protecting your legal rights, preserving all physical evidence and getting statements from witnesses. Your lawyer can also help you deal with insurance providers.
- If possible, get names and contact information from anyone else involved in the accident, as well as all witnesses. Use your cellphone camera to take pictures of anything related to the fire, including your injuries, any fire damage on the oil rig, the location of the accident, and the surrounding circumstances.
What Types of Damages Can I Expect If I’m Hurt in an Offshore Oil Rig Fire?
If your injuries occurred while you were working, you can pursue benefits under the Texas workers’ compensation laws, which provide payments for lost wages, as well as any reasonable and necessary medical expenses. Bailey & Galyen can also file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, should any of your injuries be caused by someone other than your employer or a coworker. Those damages can include:
- Lost wages and income
- Unreimbursed medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life—the ability to engage in pursuits that have brought meaning and satisfaction to your life
- Loss of physical companionship or consortium
- Physical pain and suffering caused by the accident
What Are the Common Causes of Offshore Oil Rig Fires?
Offshore oil rig fires can be caused by many things, including:
- The negligence of rig owners and operators who fail to monitor for the presence or accumulation of flammable gases or other substances on the rig
- The carelessness of other workers
- The malfunction of or exposure to dangerous or defective tools that cause fires
- The failure of owners or operators to take reasonable or appropriate safety precautions
How Can Bailey & Galyen Help Me If I’m Hurt in an Oil Rig Fire?
At Bailey & Galyen, because of our extensive experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims throughout Texas, we know how to most effectively prepare a personal injury claim:
- We understand what evidence that will be most persuasive in court.
- We know when expert witnesses will be most beneficial, and we have a network of experts who can help us provide clear evidence to a jury.
- We know the types of damages available and have a solid understanding of the approximate value of your claim, so we can help you decide whether to accept a settlement offer.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for a Proven Offshore-Oil-Rig-Fire-Injury Attorney
When you or someone you love suffers any type of injury in an offshore oil rig fire, you need an experienced lawyer to help you get full and fair compensation. The proven personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen offer a free initial consultation. We handle all personal injury lawsuits on a contingent-fee basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses.
We offer proven counsel in offshore-oil-rig-fire-injury claims across Texas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.