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Oil Field Accidents

We have seen an increase in serious oilfield accidents and deaths since the oil and gas boom began.

Many of these accidents have been caused by:

  • high pressure line ruptures
  • collapsed rigs
  • defective machinery
  • oilfield blowouts
  • toxic fumes
  • explosions
  • inexperienced workers
  • failure to comply with safety standards


Oilfield workers have always been trained on the job, greenhorns becoming experienced workers over time. Before the dramatic increase in oil and gas plays, a full crew included only one or two inexperienced workers on the tower at a time. It’s different now — some crews are made up entirely of inexperienced workers, who do not fully understand the dangers of the oil patch. And oil company executives are demanding faster (sometimes fatal) turnaround time to get a rig up and running.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an oilfield accident, it is critical that your attorney understand the industry. HMG attorneys do — we’ve tried many onshore and offshore oilfield cases. In the past we have also been on the corporate side of numerous cases, gaining valuable insight that we’re now turning to the advantage of injured workers or the survivors of those who have been killed.

Because we know the industry so well, we can quickly determine what failures caused an accident. We understand surface cement, why the Railroad Commission requires it and how it differs from other cement jobs. We understand the parts that fracing, wireline, and snubbing play in drilling, completion and workover operations. We know the difference between fishing with a wireline and fishing with a rod. We understand the dangers of coil tubing operations and well control.  We know the oil and gas industry from both sides.

Our trial record helps us settle cases on the best terms possible and as quickly as possible. Our goal is to have your case settled or tried within a year. Defense lawyers will attempt to delay the proceedings, but our experience and reputation allows us to push for rapid trial settings. We either obtain a fair settlement for you or take your case to trial.

Call 800-334-3298 today to have your case reviewed at no charge. We're ready to help you!