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Oilfield Accidents2019-01-15T15:44:54+00:00

Oilfield Accident Lawyer

We Are an Experienced Team of Oilfield Injury Attorneys

Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to assist injured oilfield workers of all stripes, from roustabouts to company men, derrickmen to drillers, tool pushers to truck drivers. Our team of oilfield accident lawyers wants to understand your unique situation so we can provide legal guidance that will help you obtain a favorable result. If you were injured while working in an oilfield, you should contact us for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights as soon as possible before they are jeopardized by an employer or insurance company.

  • Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients

  • Hundreds of Cases Won in Excess of $1 Billion

  • Help With All Types of Oilfield Injuries
  • A Track Record of Success

  • No Fee Unless We Win!

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The Oil & Gas Industry

Although there have been ups and downs, one of the strongest sectors for jobs in recent years has been the oil and gas industry. With new jobs comes new workers. Demand for these new workers has been high—even though some have never worked in the field before. Given the dangers in the work, it is particularly important to train new oilfield employees. Unfortunately, hiring, supervision, and training processes and procedures for new employees have fallen short in some cases as the industry struggles to keep pace with the country’s energy demands and developing technologies (such as fracking).

This can result in serious accidents. Even when workers are properly trained or are experienced workers, accidents often occur that can and should be prevented, and such accidents happen all too frequently in the oilfield.

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Common injuries that can occur at the oilfield include:

  • Neck and back injuries

  • Paralysis

  • Crush injuries

  • Eye injuries caused by foreign materials, such as fast moving debris or metal

  • Head injuries including closed head injuries and traumatic brain injuries

  • Amputations

  • Burns

  • Broken bones

  • Inhalation and exposure to dangerous gases and substances

  • Electrocution

Common causes of accidents that can occur at the oilfield:

  • Negligence and gross negligence

  • Failure to follow company safety procedures

  • Failure to follow industry regulations

  • Lack of training of employees

  • Lack of supervision of employees

  • Lack of information given to employees

  • Lack of experience of employees

  • Defective equipment and machinery

  • Vehicle accidents & collisions

  • Lifting equipment incidents including forklift accidents and crane incidents

  • Heavy equipment collapses including rig collapses and crane collapses

  • Dropped objects including chiksans, piping, lights, tools and rigging

A Rise in Oilfield Deaths and Injuries

When an accident occurs in the oilfield, the consequences can be deadly. In February 2013, the Houston Chronicle reported that despite declining numbers of workplace deaths generally, oilfield deaths have risen. NPR reported similar findings, and in February 2013 found that there had been a 100 percent increase in oil and gas industry fatalities since 2009.

In February 2014, the Houston Chronicle reported on the rise of oilfield injuries in Texas, and found that at least 18,000 workers had suffered amputations, were crushed, burned, broke bones, were cut, or reported other work-related injuries from 2008 to 2013.

Getting to the Bottom of What Happened

Although oil and gas companies in the United States have enjoyed record profits over the last several years, the simple truth is that not enough is being done to prevent injuries to ordinary workers—workers which form the backbone of these companies.

Each Houston oil field accident attorney at Morrow & Sheppard understands how oil and gas companies operate, and has the experience and tools to get to the bottom of what happened. Perhaps most importantly, our attorneys are committed to holding companies responsible for preventable oilfield injuries. This is both the right thing to do, and will help prevent injuries from happening again.

If you or a loved one has been injured while working in the oilfield, the Houston personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

These guys were there when I needed help and advisement..Don’t waste your money or time going elsewhere..thank you Nick and thank you to Chris also..great people
Steven Kemp
Steven Kemp
14:43 05 Jan 19
Nick Morrow and John Sheppard are the best. I was paralyzed in a work injury. Several other lawyers turned down my case. Morrow & Sheppard hired expensive experts, took dozens of depositions, and proved my case. I saw them in court against a team of defense lawyers, and the defense lawyers didn’t stand a chance. Morrow & Sheppard took my case all the way when nobody else would. Now my family is set up for life. Throughout the process, they kept me updated and made me feel like I was more than a number. I still talk to Nick to this day. Morrow & Sheppard exceeded my expectations in every way, and I cannot recommend them enough. If you are injured at work, call Morrow & Sheppard.read more
jeff holloway
jeff holloway
23:20 17 Oct 18
John Sheppard and Nick Morrow were two of the brightest stars in my law school class and my class of lawyers at Fulbright & Jaworski, one of the most elite and prestigious law firms in Houston and Texas. I have known both of them for well over a decade now and throughout that time they have both always lived up to the highest standards of intellect, tenacity, and professionalism. They are both winners. If you need a Houston lawyer who will stand up for your rights and get you the justice you deserve, I wholeheartedly recommend Morrow & Sheppard. read more
Holt Lackey
Holt Lackey
20:39 17 Jul 15
John Sheppard, with Morrow & Sheppard LLP, is brilliant. On more than one occasion, he successfully represented various affiliated companies I was part of. John is very diligent, thorough and fights hard for righteousness. There were numerous times that he helped us through extremely difficult moments. John is very professional, responsive and respectful. I highly endorse Morrow and Sheppard LLP for legal representation and/or legal assistance needs. read more
Don Knight
Don Knight
21:19 15 Jul 15
My experience with John, at Morrow and Sheppard, during my company’s litigation was better than I could have imagined (considering the circumstances of being involved in litigation). What stood out to me the most, was John’s tenacity in preparation. I later realized this came from two places, one he didn’t want to lose and two (and most importantly) he CARED so much about me getting justice. I cannot stress this enough, when you are dealing with a lawyer that truly cares, then all of the other stresses I had around the case seemed to go away. I was always kept up to date with what was going on in our case, and he always made it very clear he was just an email or call away! In addition to these attributes, he also knows the law and is willing to fight for what is right! It would be tough to find another lawyer that is as highly effective, skilled, knowledgeable, ethical and has such an impeccable reputation (which is well deserved). I would recommend Morrow and Sheppard to anyone seeking out a law firm, in the event they needed counsel.read more
Brian R
Brian R
16:04 14 Jul 15
Nick and John are a great team. They are both honest, trustworthy and have a tenacious work ethic on behalf of their clients. They stand behind these qualities, having left partnerships at great law firms to commit 100% to achieving results for individuals and businesses. They will fight for you and I'm proud to call them clients and friends.read more
Jim Bell
Jim Bell
13:58 13 Jul 15
John and Nick are outstanding lawyers. They are both extremely sharp, skilled, hard-working, and passionate about what they do. I would highly recommend either of them to anyone looking for high-level service that also happens to be affordable.
Will Moore
Will Moore
22:08 10 Jul 15
Morrow & Sheppard LLP is an outstanding law firm. I have known Nick Morrow for many years. He is honest, hardworking, and very attentive to his clients. I could not recommend him enough for your legal needs.
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Caroline Bean
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