Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion Claims Lives of Five Workers
911 dispatchers serving the Quinton, Oklahoma, area were recently inundated
with calls when an oil rig exploded in Pittsburg County, four miles from
the town. Quinton itself is located about 100 miles south of Tulsa. The
situation near Quinton underscores the ramifications of an Oklahoma oil
rig explosion. The reality is that the injuries, damages, and losses arising
from an oil rig explosion can be profound.
Five Fatalities in Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion
In the immediate aftermath of the rig explosion outside Quinton, Oklahoma,
five workers were reported missing. Later on the day of the explosion,
the remains of the five workers were found by fire and rescue personnel
who were at the scene of the blast and fire. The men killed as a result
of the explosion were from Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The men ranged
in age from mid-20s to 60.
Family members of the deceased workers may be in a position to pursue what
is known as an Oklahoma oil rig explosion wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful
death lawsuit is a possibility when it appears negligent, or even reckless,
conduct somehow contributed to the oil rig explosion in the first instance.
Although the families of these killed workers can never be made whole,
this type of claim can provide some level of compensation.
In Oklahoma, the law permits a personal representative to pursue a wrongful
death claim and lawsuit on behalf of the deceased individual's estate
and beneficiaries or heirs. For example, if one of the killed workers
had a will, the person named as the executor of that last will and testament
would be in a position to pursue a wrongful death claim and lawsuit on
behalf of the deceased individual and his beneficiaries.
There is a deadline by which an Oklahoma oil rig wrongful death lawsuit
must be filed. Such a lawsuit needs to be filed within two years or bringing
such litigation will become impossible.
Driller Has History of Fatal Accidents
As the investigation surrounding the Oklahoma Oil rig explosion continues,
federal records reveal that this is not the first accident involving fatalities
at rig sites associated with drilling contractor Patterson-UTI. In fact,
in the past decade, 10 workers have been killed at Patterson-UTI oil rig
sites. This includes the five men killed in Oklahoma within the past couple of weeks.
Over the course of the past 10 years, Patterson-UTI has been subject to
multiple fines for various violations. Some of these violations are considered
to be highly serious. During the past decade, Patterson-UTI has paid more
Safety issues with Patterson-UTI have not gone unnoticed on Capitol Hill
in Washington, D.C. A 2008 report from a committee of the United States
Senate described Patterson-UTI as being one of the worst violators of
laws pertaining to workplace safety in all of the United States.
Multiple Agencies Oversee Investigation of Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion
At the present time, three federal governmental agencies are involved in
the investigation of the Oklahoma oil rig explosion. These are the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, the Environmental Protection
Agency, or EPA, and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
The Trump Administration has announced that it intends to phase out the
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, maintaining that its work
is largely duplicative of what is done by OSHA and the EPA in the aftermath
of an event like the Quinton oil rig explosion.
Retain a Skilled, Experienced Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer
The first step in retaining the services of an experienced Oklahoma oil
rig explosion lawyer is to schedule an initial consultation with a personal
injury attorney, like a member of the legal team of The Doan Law Firm.
The Doan Law Firm maintains an Oklahoma oil rig explosion hotline at (800)
349-0000 that is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year, including
all major holidays.
A member of The Doan Law Firm legal team can arrange an appointment with
you at anyone of our Oklahoma offices, at your home, or even at the hospital,
depending on your circumstances.
During an initial consultation, an Oklahoma oil rig explosion will provide
you with an evaluation of your case. You will also have the opportunity
to ask any questions you might have about your case. The Doan Law Firm
charges no fee for an initial consultation.
The Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Guarantee
The Doan Law Firm never charges an attorney fee in an Oklahoma oil rig
explosion case unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for
you. At the Doan Law Firm, you pay no fees unless we win for you.