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                                   Texas Oil Field Accident Kills One
                                   Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2011 – When fatal accidents happen at work, the family may want to
                                   file a wrongful death lawsuit.

                                   The day started out like any other workday for the 44-year-old Texas oil field worker. He got to work and started
                                   getting ready to get on with his day. The man and his co-worker were working on a pipe rack late in the morning,
                                   moving drilling collars, when the pipes gave way and shifted and slipped. The 44-year-old man was trapped
                                   between the pipes and suffered injuries so severe that he died when he arrived at hospital a short time later.

                                   The co-worker was fortunate enough to still be alive, sustaining only a leg injury. The U.S. OSHA will be
                                   investigating the scene and will likely have a list of questions they want answered about why and how the
                                   accident happened.

                                   “They will want to know how well the pipes were secured and if they were secured properly. They will also
                                   want to know if both men were working according to safety rules and regulations and had the proper
                                   equipment with them that day. If there was negligence involved, this will also be something the
                                   investigators will want to pinpoint,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter &
                                   Schuelke, L.L.P.

                                   In Texas, even though an injured worker may sue, he may not be able to sue his employer. Under Texas law, an
                                   employee generally cannot sue his employer if the employer carries worker’s compensation insurance.
                                   “It’s not clear in this particular case if the employer did provide workers’ compensation, but that is an issue that
                                   would need to be checked. If there was workers’ comp, this may leave a worker high and dry in terms of his or
                                   her ability to recover financial compensation for their injuries,” Schuelke said.

                                   “If you have been in a situation like this, you will want to talk to an Austin personal injury lawyer about how to
                                   proceed. This case could be filed as a wrongful death lawsuit as opposed to a personal injury lawsuit, but you
                                   would need to know what would be involved. The law changes in this area fairly rapidly and in speaking to a
                                   competent Austin personal injury lawyer, you stand a better chance to get justice for your loss,” Schuelke said.

                                   To learn more or to contact an Austin personal injury lawyer or Austin personal injury attorney
                                   , visit http://www.civtrial.com.

                                   Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP
                                   1717 W. 6th Street, Suite 375
                                   Austin, Texas 78703-4868
                                   Call (512) 476-4944




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