There is no doubt that the oil and gas industry is a serious money-making business, and one that projects to continue to expand. This July saw the production of crude oil in the US pass 11 million barrels per day, setting a new national record.
While the potential for the economy is intriguing, to say the least, at Lapeze & Johns we understand as well as anybody the price of this all-time high in production: significant increases in accidents at drilling sites.
An All Too Common Problem: Timothy Lewing’s Story
About a week and a half ago, Harris County, TX became the site of yet another lawsuit against an oil and gas company. Relatives of Timothy Lewing filed a $150 million dollar lawsuit against a trio of companies–AIP, Occidental Petroleum, and Helmerich & Payne–for their roles in the injury of Lewing while he was working at a rig near Midland.
It was the aim of the lawsuit to find the negligent companies liable for the conditions that led to a 30-pound bogie pad striking Lewing on the head in January 2018, after falling from a height of over 100 feet.
In the filing, the unsafe conditions detailed included the fact that the object was not properly secured due to the conditions of the bolts used to lock it in place. Additionally, the color, materials, and other elements of the pad were incorrect for its use.
The accident placed Lewing in a coma for an extended period of time, and he now faces permanent disabilities that will require treatment for the rest of his life.
Lewing hasn’t even turned 30 yet.
As troubling as Lewing’s accident is, this isn’t the first time that one of the companies implicated, Helmerich & Payne, caused an accident out of negligence. In truth, the company has a long history of cases similar to this one.
Lewing’s case comes not too long after the company had settled a lawsuit concerning Joshua Keel, who was injured on a rig in New Mexico four years ago.
Like Lewing, Keel fought for his compensation, and Helmerich & Payne settled for $72 million.
Have You or Someone You Love Fallen Victim to an Oilfield or Drilling Accident? Our Experienced Oilfield Injury Attorneys Want to Hear From You.
As the oil and gas companies continue to place their employees in harm’s way, not enough accountability is taken. When a company begins to adopt negligent practices to secure a bigger bottom line, their employees are the ones who usually pay a heavy price.
As a result, these types of oilfield accidents can pile up, and should you be unfortunate enough to sustain injury, it’s up to an experienced oilfield injury attorney to fight for your compensation.
At Lapeze & Johns, we refuse to stand by and allow this disturbing trend to continue. If you or someone you know has been injured in an oilfield accident, contact us at (713) 739-1010 for your free legal consultation today.