Skilled North Dakota Attorneys Advocating for Oil Field Workers
The law firm with a commitment to our community of oil and gas workers
Oil and gas extraction is a major part of the North Dakota economy, with more than 14,000 wells reportedly operating throughout the state in 2016. These bustling oil fields, including in the Bakken Formation, account for millions of oil barrels and far too many work-related injuries. Oil and gas extraction workers are killed on the job at a rate seven times greater than the fatality rate for all other U.S. industries. An official AFL-CIO report stated that the fatality rate for North Dakota’s oil and gas extraction sector is approximately 84.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, which is a disturbing seven times the national industry fatality rate.
The hazards and risks of working the oil field are significant, affecting all workers in the industry, including drivers, welders and derrick workers using hoists and cranes. When these hard-working individuals are injured on the job, the skilled North Dakota oil field accident lawyers of Larson Law Firm P.C. advocate to secure the benefits they are entitled to receive. If you or a loved one was injured in an oil field accident, contact the firm with a proven commitment to the oil workers of North Dakota.
Experienced representation for various oil field accidents and injuries
Over the last five years, North Dakota has experienced a boost in oil and gas extraction, particularly in the Bakken oil fields. This booming industry has also resulted in a significant increase in oil-field related accidents. Our lawyers have seen injuries from numerous types of oil field accidents, including those involving:
- Collapsed oil rigs. When oil rigs collapse, workers can be violently thrown to the ground or crushed under the weight of the rig.
- Site explosions and fires. One of the most dangerous aspects of working in an oil field is the constant risk of fire. Oil is highly flammable and explosive. It only takes one spark to create a deadly explosion.
- Blow outs. Unexpected changes in pressure can lead to oil rig blowouts. These fiery incidents can turn metal pieces of the rig and oil field equipment into dangerous projectiles.
- Oil derrick falls. There are many, many reasons why a worker can fall off of a derrick. If the reason you or your loved one fell is the negligence of another operator, employee or supervisor, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Pipeline accidents. With more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines running through the U.S., there is always a chance of a toxic spill, a worksite injury or an explosion. We uphold the rights of oil field workers injured in pipeline-related accidents.
- Toxic fumes. Many of the chemicals and materials used in the oil fields give off toxic fumes that can have life-altering effects if inhaled in large amounts or over extended periods of time.
- Oil service truck accidents. The prevalence of construction and tractor trailer trucks create a significant risk for vehicle accidents.
These are serious accidents that can cause severe injuries and fatalities. The result of these incidents can leave injured workers with life-changing conditions, requiring extremely expensive medical treatments and support services. Some of the most common injuries resulting from oil-field accidents include:
- Amputations. The violent nature of an oil field explosion or blowout can lead to the amputation of a worker’s limbs.
- Burns. Oil field fires and explosions can result from negligent operations or defective equipment. These dangerous incidents can lead to severe, disfiguring burns.
- Breaks and fractures. Oil service trucking accidents and worksite falls often result in broken bones and serious fractures.
- Neck and back injuries. Oil derrick falls can also leave workers with debilitating neck and back conditions, including paralysis from spinal cord injuries.
- Wrongful deaths. When oil field accidents result in fatalities, families and loved ones are left to deal with the emotional, mental and financial challenges of the wrongful death of a loved
Our experienced North Dakota oil field accident attorneys have a proven track record of helping injured oil rig workers secure compensation for their injuries. We have the resources to thoroughly investigate these accidents to determine the cause and all responsible parties.
Help for those injured by hydraulic fracturing
While hydraulic fracturing has created a huge number of jobs, the occupation can be extremely hazardous for workers. There is the potential for motor vehicle accidents when trucks deliver water, silica sand, and chemical additives. Workers could get caught in a fire or explosion, which may cause burns or even death. You are also exposed to particles of silica sand in the air that may be hazardous to breathe in. Finally, workers may come in contact with a variety of potentially hazardous chemicals. All chemicals must be handled and transported properly. One small misstep may lead to life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Our North Dakota fracking lawyers help anyone injured on or near a fracking site.
Fighting for the rights of injured oil field workers in North Dakota
With our client-centered approach to the provision of legal services, the attorneys of Larson Law Firm, P.C. make ourselves available to meet your legal needs quickly and effectively. You are welcome to come in for a face-to-face consultation or to speak with us by telephone. If you are suffering from severe injuries, our compassionate North Dakota oil field injury lawyers will come to your home or the hospital to answer your questions. Contact us without delay to schedule a free consultation or call us at 701-484-HURT. From our office in Minot, we are proud to represent clients throughout Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Pierce and Mountrail Counties.