Oil field accident fatalities have been on the rise lately, and it’s estimated that up to 100 lives are now lost each year due to oil and gas drilling. In January, one of the most fatal oil field explosions since 2010 took place in Oklahoma, where 5 workers lost their lives.
Although oil field and rig workers know that their occupations are dangerous, these tragic statistics show a shocking lack of due diligence at oil field sites – and many of these accidents may indeed be caused by individual or corporate negligence. At The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC, we can help families who have lost a loved one to recover financial damages, by bringing a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Like a personal injury lawsuit, a wrongful death claim allows victims to pursue financial recovery after someone’s negligence caused them to suffer serious injuries. The main difference is that a wrongful death claim is brought on behalf of a deceased individual — called the decedent — to help their loved ones pay for any medical costs, funeral expenses, and time needed away from work. In the state of Texas, only parents, children over the age of 18, and spouses can bring such a claim.
Proving Your Oil Field Fatality Claim
Proving that negligence caused an oil field fatality may seem like a straightforward process, but these cases can become remarkably complex in practice. This is because dozens of parties may be involved throughout the drilling process, including contractors, major oil companies, and third-party manufacturers for industrial parts. If anybody in the process failed to observe their “duty of care” to ensure reasonably safe working conditions, they could be considered liable for damages.
Additionally, there are many safety regulations set out for oil field workers and employers by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. In order to successfully bring a wrongful death claim against the oil company or another party, your attorney must have a clear understanding of these regulations, and investigate the case thoroughly for evidence of violations.
Powerful Advocacy for Your Case
Because we have more than a decade of experience helping San Antonio families fight back against oil companies, you can count on The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC to seek justice during this difficult time. We know that nothing will ever truly make up for the loss of your loved one, but taking action can often bring affected families a degree of peace, especially about their financial futures.
If you need to speak with one of our experienced attorneys, call (210) 807-3178 today for more information.