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Drilling Accidents

South Carolina Construction Accident Lawyers Help Families when Drilling Accidents Cause Catastrophic Injury or Death

Drilling operations in construction/extraction industries range in size and scope from small home water wells to giant offshore oil rigs, and all carry serious risks

In 2012, 138 oil and gas workers were killed on the job — an increase of more than 100 percent since 2009. In fact, the fatality rate among oil and gas workers in 2013 was nearly eight times higher than the all-industry rate of 3.2 deaths for every 100,000 workers. Thousands more oil and gas workers are injured each year in horrific accidents. If you were injured on the job, you deserve full and fair compensation. At McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, our construction accident lawyers represent clients across South Carolina. With our team of more than 20 attorneys, our vast resources, and huge support staff, McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, has the power to take on even the toughest drilling accident cases.

What contributes to the high fatality rate?

This disproportionate number of fatal accidents is due to the special dangers involved, which include:

  • Explosions
  • Fires
  • Use of heavy power tools
  • Risks of falls
  • Risks of burns and eye injuries from oxy-acetylene welding

The growth of these drilling industries has created a constant demand for new workers, some of who receive only minimal training. Many of the newcomers are general laborers who were among the previously unemployed in totally unrelated occupations and industries, and who may not have a full appreciation of the risks involved on a construction site. Proper job and safety training are a necessity, but so are production schedules. In balancing the two, some employers put their thumbs on the scale in favor of production.

What can I do if I am injured in a drilling accident?

If you are injured, or a loved one is injured or killed in a drilling accident, seek the advice of a qualified South Carolina construction accident attorney at once. While the South Carolina workers’ compensation law may cover your injury, an attorney can protect your rights if an employer attempts to take retaliatory action against you for filing a claim or demands your return to work before you have recovered sufficiently. Also, there are often subcontractors from other employers on a major construction site, and if one of them acted negligently and caused or contributed to your injury, he or she may be liable. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, are experienced in pursuing these kinds of “third party claims.”

Hard-hitting legal representation for South Carolina gas and oil workers

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC is widely known as a team of no-nonsense South Carolina construction accident lawyers with a commitment to obtaining fair settlements for individuals and families. If you have been injured or have suffered the loss of a loved one because of negligence at a drilling site, let us help you obtain all the benefits of the law and the compensation you deserve.

Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, today.  Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina construction accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device.  We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.