Oil & Gas Pipeline Explosion Lawyer: File a Lawsuit for Fatal Pipeline Accidents

Gas pipeline accidents are deadly because they involve high-pressure explosions. If you were injured in a gas pipeline accident and lived to tell the tale, we can help you file a claim for compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and medical costs. Our team of offshore injury attorneys are experienced with gas pipeline explosion cases and natural gas pipeline accidents. If you lost a loved one in a gas or oil pipeline accident, call 866-974-0818 now or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

With more than 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipeline and 200,000 additional miles of pipeline carrying hazardous liquids such as crude oil and refined petroleum products running throughout the nation, it may come as no surprise that accidents involving these pipelines are relatively common. More than three-quarters of the 159 fatalities resulting from pipeline accidents since 2005 have involved construction workers, homeowners and others who were not employed in the oil and gas industry. Let a gas pipeline accident lawyer at Baron & Budd review your case today, and determine if you are eligible to file a claim for damages in a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit.

Old, Unstable Pipelines = Recipe for Disaster

Many of the nation’s pipelines were installed in decades past and were manufactured from materials such as bare steel now known to degrade more quickly than other materials, More than 30,000 separate pipeline sections have already been repaired due to violations enforced by the Federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in the state of Texas alone, but thousands of additional miles of degrading pipeline badly in need of replacement remain buried through the country. 

Pipeline Owners and Operators Are Responsible For Pipeline Safety

Pipeline owners and operators have traditionally been very reluctant to invest money in upgrading old sections of pipeline but are required under state and federal law to conduct regular inspections and provide maintenance when pipelines are in need of repair. Owners and operators who are negligent in these responsibilities may be held liable for damages should injuries or fatalities involving a gas or oil pipeline result from:

  • Deferred maintenance;
  • Poor installation practices;
  • Unrepaired leaks which lead to a fire or explosion;
  • Defective or worn components;
  • Lack of adequate training of pipeline employees or;
  • Improper pipeline markings and/or failure to provide markings.

Common Gas Pipeline Injuries

In addition to the 159 fatalities resulting from pipeline accidents since 2005, nearly 700 serious injuries have been reported during the same time period. Burns and disfigurement are the most common injuries experienced during these incidents, as hazardous materials contained within a confined space and under intense pressure have a tendency to explode, particularly when pipeline materials are old and in need of repair or replacement.

Construction workers are some of the most frequently impacted individuals, being reliant on pipeline maps of construction sites that indicate areas to avoid hitting buried lines. Any error in judgment or mistake on the map itself can lead to escape of the hazardous material contained within the pipe and a possible fire or explosion. 

Injured Pipeline Employees Have Compensation Rights

Employees in the oil and gas industry responsible for the installation, inspection, maintenance or repair of a gas or hazardous material pipeline must be properly trained regarding safety techniques and the correct use of safety equipment to minimize the risk of personal injury or death on the jobsite. Pipeline operators are responsible for verifying this training has been completed as well as for the ongoing supervision necessary to ensure all safety regulations are being followed.

A negligent employer who fails to provide adequate training, safety equipment or supervision may be held liable for damages in a court of law should any employee suffer an injury as a result. Families of a deceased employee killed in a pipeline explosion or accident may be eligible for financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact a Lawyer for Gas Pipeline Accident Claims

Contact Baron & Budd today to speak with a lawyer for gas pipeline explosions, accidents, and injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, pain, and suffering. If you lost a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. Call 866-974-0818 or complete our contact form today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney for oilfield workers at our firm.

Sources:
https://hip.phmsa.dot.gov/analyticsSOAP/saw.dll?Portalpages
http://opsweb.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline_replacement/
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/tq/oq