The state of Montana has 45 named oil fields, including Mosser Dome here
in Yellowstone County. Billings is also in proximity to the Bakken Shale
Oil Field in North Dakota, which recently produced its one billionth barrel
of oil. The fact that oil production plays such an important role in our
local economy also means the number of oil field accidents are especially
high as well.
Oil field workers are exposed to numerous hazards on a daily basis since
a great deal of heavy equipment is required for oil extraction. Accidents
from heavy equipment can cause
traumatic brain injuries,
back injuries, broken bones or the loss of limbs. The risk of fire and explosion is
high on an oil field as well and can lead to
severe burns, disfigurement or even death. Work crews are sometimes transported to
the field and can be involved in automobile accidents due to negligence
on the part of the driver as well.
Crew members are often required to work extremely long hours under harsh
conditions, which can lead to fatigue and an increased risk of accidents.
Accidents sometimes occur because the equipment is poorly maintained or
operators are not properly trained. Safety shortcuts can also be taken
in order to increase production, often with disastrous results. Injuries
are often compounded by the fact that they occur in remote locations where
it is difficult to obtain medical help quickly. As such, even minor injuries
can result in long-term damage, simply because they are not cared for promptly.
Worker’s compensation normally does not provide adequate coverage
for long-term injuries, especially when they result in extended hospital
stays or a series of surgeries. We specialize in helping injured oil workers
get the justice they deserve. If you’ve experienced an
oil field injury, receive a free analysis of your case- -
contact us today at (406) 640-4441 to find out more.