Oilfield Accidents





Oil extraction, refining, and production has been one of the principal sources of Texas’ economic strength and employment, offering well-paying jobs to those with the necessary skills and training. Unfortunately, however, this industry often puts the health and lives of its workers at serious risk. Energy-rich regions like the Eagle Ford Shale, Permian Basin, and the Gulf of Mexico are rife with oilfield-related injuries that often have devastating consequences for workers and their families. Aside from the more immediate physical and emotional damages of these injuries, victims may further suffer prolonged financial damages associated with the recovery process.

Oil work can be dangerous by nature, but as a worker, you deserve the precautions and care needed to provide a safe workplace. If these precautions fail or are not properly set in place, workers get injured. Whether your injuries were caused by an equipment malfunction, a process error or any other type of event, you need to be taken care of. 

Our entire team of attorneys and legal staff pride ourselves in assisting oilfield injury victims get the help they need. The people who are responsible for your injuries need to pay, and our knowledgeable lawyers will work diligently on your case so you get the justice you deserve.

When you choose Williams Hart, you will receive the skill, commitment, and dedication that will deliver successful results. Our practice has been recognized by our nation’s premier legal referral resources, including Super Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and the Lexis-Nexus/Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated lists. These rankings show that we have the trust of our clients, other attorneys, and our community in providing excellent results with outstanding service.


Williams Hart recognizes your dedicated service to the oil and gas industry and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.




If you have been injured while working in the oil or natural gas industry you may be wondering how you will pay your bills and medical expenses, and how you will provide for your family if you cannot work in the future. Insurance companies will try to make you settle for less than you deserve so that they can still make money even when they pay out claims. These are major obstacles on your road to recovery. 

While your recovery may be challenging, your legal proceedings should not bring you more stress. Williams Hart wants you to know you do not have to do this alone. Our attorneys can help you with every step of your case, from setting a strategy to handling all of the legal details in order to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries allowed by law. Williams Hart has experienced oil field injury lawyers right here in Texas who can assist with your claim.

Our team will work hard to alleviate your stress by getting you the resources you need to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. We can help you get reimbursed for your medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, long-term disabilities and other damages that apply to your case. All it takes is a call to get started, and you never pay any fees to us unless we win.


We have handled numerous catastrophic injury and fatality cases for oilfield workers and their families. We have the experience and the resources you need on your side to take the fight to your employer if you’ve suffered an oilfield-related injury.  

​Oil industry accidents are often caused by factors that could have been prevented. ​It can take a comprehensive investigation to uncover exactly what caused your injuries. If you are actively recovering, you probably do not have the time or energy to review the details of your accident in a way that can reveal crucial evidence.

While it is true that these cases are often complex, there are protections in place to help you recover compensation:

By hiring an experienced lawyer at Williams Hart, you can rest assured that you have a firm on your side that will fully investigate the details surrounding your accident to secure compensation for your medical bills, time lost from work and other damages.



Pipeline work frequently involves clearing staging areas and storage yards, clear-cutting and excavating a trench and then assembling and maintaining the pipeline. Many workers can be injured in various kinds of accidents relating to pipeline work, and workers who suffer severe or catastrophic injuries may find themselves out of work for weeks, months, or (in serious cases) may never be able to return to the workforce in the capacity they were able to before. If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a pipeline accident, our experienced lawyers will be able to assist you every step of the way.



​Oil extraction, refining, and production has been one of the principal sources of Texas’ economic strength and employment, offering well-paying jobs to those with the necessary skills and training. Unfortunately, however, this industry often puts the health and lives of its workers at serious risk. One of the most catastrophic and terrifying events that may occur is the explosion of an oil rig. This disaster can result when the highly flammable and explosive contents of an oil processing plant are improperly handled or stored. When you are in the vicinity of a blast or located in the building where one takes place, it is nothing short of a living nightmare. Don’t let negligent employers get away with causing serious physical, emotional, and financial damage to you and your family. 



As events over the past few years in the Gulf of Mexico have demonstrated, working on an offshore oil rig is an extremely dangerous job. Exposure to dangerous substances, proximity to heavy machinery, and a persistent drowning risk confront workers every day. When companies fail to properly maintain offshore rigs or necessary safety equipment, unsuspecting workers on these rigs are often the ones to pay the price. Williams Hart has a proven history of taking on even the largest oil companies involved in offshore platform accidents, including BP. We want to put this experience to work for you if you have been affected by an oil rig explosion. 




If you or a loved one were injured in a work-related accident, you likely have many questions about your rights, who is responsible, and how to take care of your family during your time of recovery. Check out any of the FAQs below or contact us today. 
What are the common causes of oilfield injuries?

Common causes of oilfield injuries include, but are not limited to: inclement weather, fatigue, heavy machinery, equipment failure, fires and explosions, failure to follow safety protocols, careless or reckless behavior by workers, and poor communication.

How does worker’s compensation affect my case?

​In some cases, the provisions of a workers’ compensation agreement may bar lawsuits by employees for refinery accidents. However, by no means is this true in all cases. Because of the considerable difference between the amount of compensation which may be available from a lawsuit in comparison with that which would be provided by workers’ compensation, it is advisable to consult with an attorney in order to determine whether or not you may have a case for legal action.

Why do I need an attorney if I was injured in an oilfield-related accident?

​If you have been involved in an oilfield accident, you have likely suffered serious injuries, potentially resulting in costly medical treatment, income lost from time spent recovering, and other damages. Unfortunately, pursuing compensation against “Big Oil” can prove to be a difficult task. For this reason, it is critical to have effective legal representation in order to build a strong claim for compensation.



Our legal team understands just how devastating these injuries can be for workers and their families. This is why we work tirelessly on behalf of clients to recover all damages sustained in an oil field accident. Williams Hart can help you recover compensation for your injuries to cover your medical bills, lost wages, daily expenses and more. We fight for your rights so you can focus on your recovery.

Our oil field injury lawyers will work with you to develop a comprehensive legal strategy intended to help you recover any and all damages associated with your oilfield-related injury. To discuss the particulars of your injury with one of our personal injury lawyers, schedule your free consultation today.