Multiple fire departments responded on January 29 to an explosion and fire at an oil storage facility in northeast Texas that seriously injured two people. According to Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen, both burn victims are 24 years old, one a female reportedly on life support, and one a male who suffered burns to his face, arms and chest. If you have suffered injuries in an oil well or oil field accident in Texas, contact our experienced oil field accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm as soon as possible. You may be entitled to medical benefits or damages for your injuries, which you can pursue by filing a workers’ compensation claim with your employer or filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident.
OIL WELL ACCIDENT VICTIMS SUFFERED BURN INJURIES
Emergency responders received a call around 3:00 a.m. on January 29, about a fire at an oil well located on state Highway 110, north of Van, Texas. Multiple fire departments from Van, Tyler, Grand Saline and Lindale have actively tried to contain the fire, which engulfed two of the five large oil storage tanks at the facility, to keep it from spreading and causing other tanks to explode. According to Allen, the two victims injured in the explosion were allegedly smoking on stop of the storage tanks when one of the tanks exploded. Both victims were originally taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, but have since been moved to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Names of the victims have not been released, but officials do not believe that they work for the company that owns the oil storage facility.
OUR EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
Due to the volatile nature of oil, working on a Texas oil rig or in an oil field is inherently dangerous, which is why so many injuries and fatalities occur in the oil industry. If you have been injured in an accident on an oil rig or at an oil storage facility in Texas, contact our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today. You may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim for medical or disability benefits if your injuries were sustained in a workplace accident, or a personal injury claim for medical bills and other damages caused by the accident. With the help of our skilled attorneys at Bandas Law Firm, you can protect yourself from further harm and seek fair and timely reimbursement for your accident-related injuries.