Oklahoma Oilfield Accident Lawyer Gets Clients Maximum Compensation and Prevents Future Tragedies
Dakota Low and his Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyer team fiercely represent victims and their families to ensure they receive maximum compensation for their injuries and irreparable damages. Dakota also works tirelessly to ensure that other families will not have to experience the tragedy of similar accidents in the future.
Oil companies frequently fail to put their workers first. Oilfield workers are more likely to be killed on the job compared to the average worker. More often than not, the cause of the oil rig, gas pipeline, or oil transportation tragedy was completely avoidable. Typically, the oil or gas company responsible for the inexcusable negligence rushes to defend itself rather than address the inevitability of similar accidents.
Widespread Oil field, Oil Rig, and Gas Transportation Tragedies
While the number of oil and gas drilling fatalities has increased as companies hire more inexperienced workers, transportation incidents are still the leading cause of death in the oil and gas industry. A motor vehicle safety program is essential for any oil or gas company that puts its workers on the roads – particularly one that affords drivers the rest they need to be in full control of their large trucks and tractor-trailers.
Sadly, these oil and gas truck crashes frequently involve the fatalities of other travelers after the company vehicle collides with theirs.
Oil and gas transportation crashes are not limited to the road either – they are increasingly occurring on railroads across the country. From 2008 to 2014, the amount of crude oil transported by train in the United States surged by more than 5,000 percent to accommodate the boosted production from new oilfields in states like Wyoming, Colorado, and North Dakota.
This trend has been accompanied by an influx of oil-related train incidents, as many of the tank cars were designed in the middle of the last century and are not properly equipped to handle flammable materials. In their hurry to meet production demand, the oil and railroad industries have also been slow to implement the necessary safety measures for transporting crude oil, such as stricter inspections and slower speed limits when traveling through densely populated areas.
When a company’s safety protocols and transportation infrastructure have proven inadequate in oil and gas accidents, Dakota Low has successfully represented both the workers and bystanders involved.
Rampant Neglect in Oil field, Oil Rig, and Gas Pipeline Explosions
More than 300,000 miles of interstate and intrastate oil and gas pipelines traverse the nation, sometimes buried beneath ground in vast and vacant areas of the countryside. But too often they are buried beneath homes, schools, businesses, and heavily-traveled roadways. It is an ancient and crumbling system, with most of the pipelines being more than 70 years old.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration cites more than 200 “Significant Pipeline Incidents” every year. These oil and natural gas tragedies include fatalities, serious injuries, explosions, and environmental contamination. Because the natural gas industry is not required to replace this aging infrastructure, more incidents will occur. It is only a matter of when and where.
Dakota Low has experience as an Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyer representing victims of natural gas and oil pipeline explosions. His accomplishments are not only recognized by the families of those who have been killed and maimed but also by the pipeline companies themselves.
If you have been impacted by a recent oilfield injury accident, gas pipeline explosion, or a related transportation incident, contact Dakota Low by calling: 405.601.8899 or contact us to find out how we can help with your case.
All Claims are Handled by Dakota Low Law Offices on A Contingency Fee Basis. We only get paid if we win!
Defective Equipment and Insufficient Safety for Oilfield Workers
As oil and gas drilling continues to expand rapidly in the United States, oil companies have a vital responsibility to hire capable workers, properly train them, and equip them with the latest safety gear and protocols.
When oil and gas companies prioritize demand for production over a caution for human life, the dangerous results are typically overworked or undertrained employees, defective or misused equipment, and exposure to harmful environmental conditions – or worse – explosions.
The Law Office of Dakota C. Low is an accomplished workplace injury law firm that conducts extensive investigations into the physical and cultural factors surrounding on-the-job oil and gas accidents. These liabilities incurred by oil companies are often endemic within the workplace.
The goal of an Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyer at Dakota Low is to get his injured clients the maximum compensation for their injuries and to hold the oil company accountable to his clients while clearly identifying the oil companies’ missteps so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future.
Typically, a claim can be filed if an oilfield injury was the result of the following:
- Unsecured rigs, infrastructure, or machinery
- Defective tools or materials
- Absence of updated safety equipment
- Outdated pipelines that result in explosions or environmental contamination
- Inadequate break or rest periods leading to inability to focus while operating machinery (including oil and gas transportation vehicles)
- Absence of proper signage or labeling
- Absence of employee training or certification requirements
When the oil company and their insurance company conduct their internal investigation, they will try everything to avoid being found negligent. Unfortunately, this often means the blame is passed on to the victim.
We have extensive experience recovering maximum compensation and defending clients’ legal rights against oil companies and their insurance companies.
Recent Tragic Oilfield Accidents
An example of a recent tragic oilfield accident occurred in MAJOR COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) An oilfield accident took the life of a man in Major County Thursday morning. Investigators report a swab rig operator for Orco Service LLC was pulled into a cable winch drum about six miles northeast of Fairview.
Jerry Pollard (left) and his family, photo courtesy of Tasha Miller
The Major County Sheriff’s Office said they were called out to the oilfield a half-mile north of East West 49 and County Road 258 at 8:54 a.m. They’ve identified the victim as Jerry Pollard of El Reno.
Jerry Pollard, photo courtesy of Tasha Miller
“I feel sorry for his kids because it’s hard to lose a parent,” said niece Tasha Miller.
She said their family never saw this coming. “His work showed up at my aunt’s house and told her that Jerry Pollard was in an accident on a rig and that he was pronounced dead,” Miller explained.
But Miller said the family is still unsure of how exactly the accident happened, as they weren’t provided with details. They’ve spent the day in mourning, calling the 60-year-old oilfield veteran and father of five kind with a good sense of humor.
“He loves his family,” Miller shared. “He took care of his family when he needed. He was a good man. I want everybody to pray for his family and keep us in your prayers through this difficult time.”
The Major County Sheriff’s Office said the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office and OSHA Oklahoma City office are investigating the details of the incident.
They added that the owner of the well, Stride Energy LLC, has suspended operations.
The oilfield where the deadly incident occurred. Image KFOR
A representative for Stride Energy said “no comment” when KFOR called the company on Thursday.
KFOR also called Pollard’s employer Orco Service several times Thursday and could not reach anyone for comment.
Common Oilfield Injuries
Examples of oilfield injuries include:
- Loss of fingers or limbs
- Bone fractures
- Severe burns
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries
- Severe hearing loss
- Eye injuries, including those resulting in blindness
- Head and brain injuries
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes that may result in chronic illness
- Exposure to environmental contamination due to exploding pipeline
Even though there are risks associated with working in the oil industry, workers still have the right to a safe work environment with all the proper safety equipment and precautions, and tools to prevent injury.
When oil and gas companies prioritize production over safety for employees, they need to be held accountable for the dangerous consequences they create.
This is typical when a tragic accident occurs in the Oilfield. The oil companies and their insurers all go silent and move immediately to protect themselves from being proven negligent and responsible for the accident.
Don’t fall prey to the fraud and cover-ups the big companies create to avoid liability. Get what you deserve if you or a family member is injured or killed in an oilfield accident.
When Should You Hire an Oklahoma Oilfield Accident Lawyer?
If you or a loved one had an accident and suffered an oilfield injury, you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation. It’s crucial to work with an expert Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyer as soon as possible so you don’t lose your right to claim maximum compensation.
Injured in an Oilfield Accident? Dakota Low Can Help!
The claims process can be long and complicated, but we’re here to help. Our Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyers are the most knowledgeable and experienced legal team when it comes to oilfield injury claims. To speak to one of our Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyer about your case, Call 405.601.8899 or submit your case.
Dakota Low Client Approach in Oilfield Accident Cases
After a devastating oilfield accident, your life can be turned upside down. In addition to the physical pain and psychological stress caused by the injury, your family could be financially burdened and suffer the consequences of unpaid medical bills.
We are committed to working as advocates for our clients, making sure each one is treated fairly and not taken advantage of by insurance companies looking out for their best interests.
Our experienced Oklahoma oilfield accident lawyers will quickly get to work on your case, so you don’t have to worry about fighting with your employer or insurance reps to cover your medical expenses. Depending on the severity of your injury, it could also affect your ability to return to work or secure employment in the future.
We take all your losses into consideration when filing your claim so you have the confidence of our proven, professional legal team fighting on your behalf.