Advocating For Safe Working Conditions
Oil and Gas industry is essential to our national and state economy. Over the last two decades, Texas has has seen a tremendous growth in this area, including thousands of new jobs for the hard working men and woman of our State. While this boom has been great for Texas, many of the jobs in the oil and gas industry are inherently dangerous, and injuries are not uncommon. However, most injuries occur when safety rules are ignored or not followed. When oil and gas companies fail to implement or follow the required safety rules, oil and gas workers end up becoming needlessly harmed as a result.
If you have sustained injuries or have lost a loved one because of an oil and gas accident, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. At the Law Offices of Thomas Kemmy we know the devastating consequences an oil field injury. Our firm is devoted to helping victims, who have sustained personal injuries due the negligence of their employer, retrieve compensation for their damages. Our legal experts have years of experience handling all types of work accident cases, including those of oil and gas workers.
Common Injuries in the Oil & Gas Field:
People who work on oil rigs or oil fields are often faced with dangerous conditions on the job. One of these dangers is the possibility of an explosion, which can have catastrophic results for workers. In many cases, these explosions are caused by negligence and/or misconduct on the part of supervisors, co-workers, or others on the job. Oil rig explosion victims, and their families, deserve to be compensated for their injuries and other damages. Because explosions and blowouts are not predictable, it is very difficult for crew members to be prepared. However, the owners and managers of rigs are obliged to take every step possible to cut down on the risks of oil rig explosion injuries and fatalities should an event occur. Safety equipment and training about evacuating a rig are essential to safety. However, the owner’s obligation to workers begins long before an event even occurs. After all, in many ways, explosions are frequently due to preventable or avoidable incidents. Consider the main causes for explosions:
- Equipment failure
If you begin to explore the reasons behind any of these issues, you’ll see that many of them are due to issues that can easily be prevented. For example, in a case of negligence the explosion might have been caused by a poorly trained or inexperienced worker not knowing how to use standard industry procedures. Equipment failure may have been a maintenance issue that an owner skipped or delayed, or a fire may have been as simple as the use of the wrong gear to do cutting or welding. But in all of these examples, the explosion could have been avoided had the required safety rules been followed.
Injuries in the oil & gas field can be catastrophic. The work usually involves operating heavy machinery and dangerous equipment, and the risk of something going wrong is always present. When a worker is injured, it usually from a heavy or faulty equipment, chemical exposure, or an explosion. However, accidents just don't happen. Most injuries in the oil and gas industry are preventable.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the majority of accidents in plants and refineries are caused by lack of adherence to safety regulations, poorly-designed equipment, poorly- maintained equipment, and failure to address warnings about potential safety issues. Each of these risks is entirely preventable.
There are many different types of plant and refinery accidents. The most common include:
- Explosions and fires in plants and refineries
- Chemical burns and inhalation of toxic fumes in chemical plants
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment in oil refineries
- Overheating of crude oil in refineries
When an employer fails to adhere to reasonable safety standards and it results in injuries or death, they must be held liable so the same needless injuries do not happen to other workers and families.
Gas trucks are heavy-duty, powerful commercial vehicles that are essential to the oil and gas industry. Gas truck drivers are held to strict federal regulations as they transport highly combustible fuels to necessary locations. The massive trucks are specifically designed to hold large quantities of fuel, but if involved in an accident, the results can be disastrous, including catastrophic injuries, fatalities, or explosions and fires.
If you have sustained severe injuries or if you lost a loved one in a gas truck accident, consider calling the Kemmys. As your attorneys, we will investigate the cause of the crash, determine liability, and hire experts who can prove the cause of your injuries. We will pursue the maximum amount of recovery allowed under the law, and seek just and fair compensation for all your harms and losses, including the following:
- Compensation for your lost wages and future loss of income.
- Compensation for your medical bills, hospital treatments, and other related expenses.
- Compensation for future medical expenses.
- Compensation for your unnecessary pain and anguish,
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Making sure you hire an attorney who is experienced in dealing with insurance companies is imperative to the success of your claim. Often times, the insurance companies make the claims process a nightmare for the injured individual in the hopes of paying less on a claim. For example, some insurance companies will immediately ask for your recorded statement days or even hours after an incident, or they will dig through your entire medical history looking for any previous injuries no matter how small or minor, and they almost always delay the claim's process as long as possible in order to frustrate the claimant into accepting a lesser settlement.
Even though most car wreck cases are settled outside outside the courtroom, there is always a likelihood that your case may go to trial in order to obtain an adequate recovery. With Tom Kemmy having over 30 years of experience in personal injury, and with the help of his attorney sons, the Kemmy law firm has the ability to provide excellent representation for injured individuals, both in and out of the courtroom setting.
Recovering Compensation For Your Harms and Losses
When a employer or another colleague fails to follow the basic rules for job safety, and causes physical injury to another, then the at-fault party is responsible for the harm. Our jury system allows for the recovery of damages to repair the harm when it can be repaired, and help and support the injured worker as they try to cope with loss of health or loss of the life and support of a loved one. The following are examples of the types of legal damages we seek to recover from the responsible party:
Our Approach To Trial Advocacy
The Kemmys spend a considerable amount of time in the courtroom, and in front of juries. However, going to trial can always be a risk. In recent years, insurance companies and other corporations have spent billions to run a remarkable propaganda campaign against trial lawyers and their clients. They have been so effective that jurors are now often suspicious of injured victims who have hired a trial lawyer to hold the wrongdoer accountable. However, with the right approach, we have found that when jurors actually hear about a legitimate injury caused by the violation of basic safety rules that we all depend on, they are fair and just with their verdict.
Tom Kemmy has spent more than 30 years successfully representing injured individuals and families, injured patients, and injured business owners. Early in Tom's career he was an insurance defense counsel and was hired to defend doctors, nurses and hospitals. Tom's knowledge of the defense side of litigation proves beneficial when representing injured patients today. We are determined to fight for the highest possible compensation due under the law.