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Fire at Texas oil rig seriously injures 5 contractors

Oil rig fires are preventable accidents that too often leave Texas workers with lifelong injuries and disfigurement. When this kind of accident happens, oil rig workers who have suffered burn injuries need to be aware of every available option for receiving appropriate medical treatment and compensation. Often a work injury attorney is needed to maximize the amount of compensation an injured worker receives.

Recently, five oil rig contractors were hospitalized with serious injuries suffered in a fire near Tilden, Texas. The contractors were working on a rig for Pioneer Natural Resources when the fire started. Investigators still had not determined the cause of the blaze at the time of an Oct. 25 report.

Other crew members reportedly got the fire under control and called emergency responders. The five injured contractors were flown to San Antonio for medical treatment. The nature of the injuries wasn't disclosed.

According to a news report, in 2008 a fire took the life of a Pioneer Natural Resources worker at a facility near Midland. The company was fined $7,000 for that incident.

While certain kinds of employment are more hazardous than others, every worker has the right to a reasonably safe work environment. When employers cut corners and allow for safety lapses, the resulting accidents can leave workers with devastating injuries.

In one of our previous posts, we discussed the kinds of benefits to which Texas employees are entitled under workers' compensation. Depending on the facts of your case, you may also have grounds to bring a negligence claim or a product liability claim to maximize the amount you receive. A work injury attorney with experience in these areas of law can assess your case and explain your options.

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