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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
“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 &
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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