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    Oilfield fires and explosions almost always occur without warning, leaving workers unable to evacuate the site. Fires and explosions may result in injuries, property damage, and in some cases, death.

    Some of the common causes of fires and explosions include:

    Defective equipment:

    Oil rig workers are often exposed to unsafe work conditions. However, it’s important to understand that conditions do not deteriorate overnight. It usually happens due to the negligence of employers who focus on profit over safety. If there’s any issue with the equipment, employers often disregard the problem. Thus, faulty equipment often leads to devastating accidents and injuries.


    Vapors released from the drilling process may cause extreme pressure. It may eventually become too much for the containers to hold, leading to blowouts. Generally, anti-pressure equipment is fitted on the vessels to avert such accidents.


    Negligence occurs when someone fails to adhere to the standard of care. Oilfield employers could be negligent if they fail to train the employees, or install equipment incorrectly. These may lead to fire, explosions, and other similar incidents.

    If you’ve been injured in an oilfield accident due to the negligence of another party, you have the grounds to file a claim for compensation.

    Some injuries that may result from fire and explosion include:

    • Severe burn injuries
    • Broken bones
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Brain damage
    • Loss of limbs

    Even before the smoke clears, it’s imperative to implement a thorough investigation to identify the cause and determine the liability. There are times when the apparent cause may appear obvious but when there’s an in-depth investigation, it may yield information that is completely contrary to what was believed initially. Only a trained attorney can carry out a root cause analysis and ensure that the victims receive legitimate compensation.

    Midland and Odessa attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have more than two decades of experience in building a strong case against negligent oil companies. Our legal representatives have earned billions of dollars for our clients through compensation and verdicts.

    Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

    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