North Dakota Oil Pipeline Accident Attorneys
Standing up for the legal rights of injured oil and gas workers
In August 2016, a worker was killed in western North Dakota on the four-state Dakota access oil pipeline. He sustained a traumatic head injury while operating a tractor and died as a result of his fatal injuries. The worked was contracted by a Texas energy company that is building the 1,200-mile pipeline that stretches from North Dakota to Illinois.
This wrongful death case is just one of many examples that show the extreme dangers of North Dakota’s oil industry, especially for workers who aren’t state residents. Because of the huge income potential, workers from out of state flock to North Dakota to work in oil and gas jobs. If you work on oil pipelines and are not a resident of North Dakota and become injured, you are still entitled to fair compensation for your workplace injuries.
With more than 35 years of litigation experience in North Dakota, the oil pipeline accident attorneys at Larson Law Firm, P.C. understand how the oil companies work and what you’re up against when battling insurance companies. When representing injured workers, we interview and investigate responsible parties involved in your pipeline accident, including oil companies and contractors who put their workers’ safety in jeopardy.
How do oil pipeline accidents happen?
According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), there are approximately 2.6 million miles of onshore and offline pipeline that transports natural gas, crude and refined petroleum and hazardous liquids across the country. When pipelines fail, the end result is often catastrophic. The most common cause of oil spills is due to older, corroded pipelines and almost half of the pipelines in the United States were installed between 1950 and 1970.
Not only do oil spills cause extreme property and environmental damage but oil and gas companies pay a hefty price, especially if they are found negligent for offshore oil spills. Under the Ocean Protection Act of 1990, polluters who are responsible for oil spills must pay for clean-up, costs of response teams such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and restoration costs after the spill.
Besides pipeline corrosion, these factors also contribute to pipeline accidents:
- Natural forces damage – earthquakes, lightning, heavy rains, and floods
- Welding defects
- Explosions and fires
- Excavation damage
- Equipment failure
- Pipeline is struck or cut by heavy vehicle or equipment
Whether you are an onshore or offshore oil worker involved in a pipeline transportation accident, you are entitled to fair and just restitution for your injuries. Our highly skilled oil pipeline accident attorneys stand up for your legal rights and hold guilty parties responsible for your injuries.
Burns are the most common pipeline injury
For oil employees who work directly on pipelines, they face the greatest risk of blowouts and fires. Burn injuries happen to work crews on a frequent basis. Catastrophic burn injuries severely damage the skin and cause tissue and nerve damage. The skin appears charred and permanent disfigurement often happens from third degree burns. Burn victims often undergo multiple medical procedures such as skin grafts and reconstruction surgery and the rehabilitation process is often long and painful. Besides burns, oil and gas workers also suffer from other painful injuries such as:
- Knee and leg injuries
- Broken bones
- Spine and back injuries
- Traumatic brain and head injuries
- Loss of limbs
If you suffer from one of these injuries listed above, reach out to our trusted pipeline accident lawyers today to discuss your case. We interview key witnesses and thoroughly access every detail of your injury claim, and we work diligently to ensure that you receive a fair and just settlement.
Contact a skilled North Dakota oil pipeline accident attorney today for a free case evaluation
Our North Dakota oil pipeline accident attorneys are on your side. With our extensive knowledge of North Dakota’s oil industry, we aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve after a serious injury. For more information, call us today at 701-484-HURT or contact us online. If you are unable to drive to our Minot office location, we make personal hospital and home visits.