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Wife of injured oil rig worker speaks out after explosion

Oil rig workers throughout Texas and Louisiana are undoubtedly happy to be home with their families for the holidays. Some families are not so lucky, however.

An explosion at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma on Dec. 19 took the lives of two workers and injured three others. The wife of one of the men recently spoke publicly about his condition, which doctors have said could keep him in the hospital for months. Having suffered serious burns, he reportedly underwent skin grafts, and his kidneys weren't functioning properly.

While OSHA's investigation has yet to be concluded, the injured man's wife said that rumors were circulating about what caused the accident. She said that a space heater is believed to have been a factor. A person speaking on behalf of the oil rig company reportedly said that workers are not allowed to use space heaters.

Even as they do dangerous work in the oil and gas industry, many workers don't have adequate health insurance, and a serious injury could lead to an overwhelming financial situation. Even a single visit to a hospital can be extremely expensive, and an extended stay could even lead to bankruptcy.

To ensure that they receive the medical care and financial compensation they need, injured oil rig workers should explore all of the available legal options. These may include a workers' compensation claim or a third-party personal injury claim.

Michael E. Shelton of The Shelton Law Firm understands the struggles faced by injured workers and their families. As the holiday season continues and the year comes to a close, please join us in wishing all injured workers a speedy recovery.

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