Toxic chemical/gas exposure

Toxic chemical/gas exposure

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Toxic chemical/gas exposure

Work conditions in the oil and gas industry are harsh and unpredictable, and carry the risk of serious injuries. Oil production involves the use of many chemicals, and the process generates odorless and invisible compounds which carry significant health risk.

Midland and Odessa attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are willing to fight on behalf of oilfield workers who’ve suffered injuries and damages at the worksite.

Here’s a list of toxic substances found in oilfields that could have an adverse impact on your health:


  • Sulfur dioxide:

Sulfur dioxide may lead to serious health issues such as lung cancer, cardiopulmonary diseases, and cardiac arrest. Anyone who is working on an oilfield is constantly at risk of being exposed to sulfur dioxide.


  • Benzene:

Exposure to benzene may lead to breast and urinary cancers. It may also lead to a decrease in white cell production in bone marrow. Oilfield workers are exposed to this toxic substance through the combustion of oil and fluids.


  • Hydrogen fluoride:

If hydrogen fluoride flames are inhaled, it may end up damaging the lungs and the respiratory system. Even worse, it may penetrate the skin, muscle, and bone. Unfortunately, hydrogen fluoride is a common compound used in gas extraction which places oilfield workers under risk.

Exposure to harmful chemicals and gases may occur in many places including boilers, generators, rail yards, tank farms, and waste pits. There could be numerous health conditions that arise from toxic gas exposure. Some of these include:

  • Asthma
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Cancer
  • Neurological damage
  • Eye and skin irritation

If you or someone you love has become a victim of toxic chemical exposure, specialized oilfield attorneys in Midland and Odessa at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are readily available for your assistance. Our legal representatives will aggressively fight to get compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free initial consultation, reach out to us immediately!

Parties Represented by Personal Injury Lawyer Receive Nearly 3.5 Times More Money in a Settlement Than Those Without an Attorney.

 – Insurance Research Council Study 2004