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Life in offshore oil drilling has a fatality rate that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports to be seven times higher than other U.S. jobs. Unfortunately, it is apparent that the oil company’s main focus is on getting the oil out of the ground at any cost, including the cost of human and environmental safety. In fact, oil companies don't seem to want to pay their injured workers' fair compensation, either. Extremely critical conditions go unchecked until after lives are lost or forever affected by major oil rig injuries before anything is ever done to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Thankfully, positive changes can be made after horrific episodic explosions, fires, and capsizes, but what about the worker who suffered a life-altering injury before the changes were made? What about children and other loved ones left behind because a worker was killed on the job? Often oil companies were already aware of the dangers, but they simply disregarded them. These companies also put unreasonable pressure on workers to rush workers on the rig for the sake of speedy production and higher profits.
Negligent oil companies must be held accountable, and fair compensation is the least they can do.
Time and time again, oil companies have shown that they aren’t particularly eager to take the high road and make things right. So, if a worker wants reparation for what happened to them, they have to fight for it. It’s no secret that big oil requires first a tragedy, then legal action plus exposure about what they did before they will budge to make things right. It is absolutely in your best interest to find a qualified lawyer that isn’t afraid to fight against the biggest companies in the world.
Too often, oil and gas companies put profits over people, putting the safety of workers at risk. In many of the cases we handle, a company will put a worker in dangerous situations just to save time or make money. We have helped numerous injured workers that were forced to do a dangerous job without help, or were not provided necessary safety equipment and safeguards. These injuries can almost always be avoided. As lawyers for injured workers, it is often up to us to hold these companies accountable and ensure a safer work environment in the future.
--Michael Tilton, oil rig injury attorney, Houston, Texas.
Don’t let the oil company push you around, no matter who they are. If you or someone you care about has been injured or worse while fulfilling duties at work, it’s important to demand that adequate compensation and benefits are awarded. Click here to connect with Michael Tilton if you are ready to empower yourself with qualified counsel and professional representation.