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Fossil-Fuel Boom Brings Soaring Oilfield Deaths and Injuries

Drilling for oil is an inherently dangerous job, with a fatality rate nearly five times that of all industries in the United States combined. As the oil and gas industry continues rising, the number of people employed increase-along with production pressures and the temptation to cut corners. In Texas, oil and gas firms employ over 2,400 more people than they did a year ago, putting more people in the path of explosive gases, dangerous machinery, and cancer-causing chemicals.

Door Crushes Cruise Line Employee's Hand

In August 2008, Lisa Spearman was an employee of Royal Caribbean International. She was a marketing and revenue manager on the cruise line's Voyager of the Seas.

Teenager Killed in Construction Accident

A 19-year-old female construction worker, Destiny Rodriguez, was killed Monday in a work-related accident in West Bexar County. The fatality was reported around 10:30 a.m. at a construction site in the 13700 block of Portranco Road, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

Increased Oil and Gas Activity in the Permian Basin: But Beware, Worker-Related Injuries and Even Death Will Also Increase

The Permian Basin has proven itself to be a hot spot for oil and gas in the United States. It is reported that there has been a recent burst of oil and gas deals concentrated in West Texas' Permian Basin. This has occurred despite the downturn, and now slowly rising, prices in oil per barrel. The newly stricken deals have really emphasized how the Permian Basin is a top-shelf basin. Experts say that not only is the Permian Basin's drilling costs among the cheapest in the United States, the layers of shale drilling areas go significantly deeper underground than in other regions. With that being said, drillers have put into operation, several additional drilling rigs. As of today's date, there are more than 265 drilling rigs in the Permian Basin, accounting for more than 50% of the country's active drilling rigs.

OSHA Safety Regulations Ignored as Injuries and Deaths Increase

Firm partner Benny Agosto, Jr. and firm attorney Jay Jackson, filed a new lawsuit on behalf of the wife and family of a worker who lost his life in an excavation/trench collapse earlier this year. The man's employer has been sued for gross negligence in the lawsuit filed by Mr. Agosto.

Contractor Fatally Injured at Exxon Mobil Plant in Beaumont

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, a contractor was fatally injured at the Exxon Mobil plant in Beaumont, Texas. Emergency officials were called to the plant around 12:30 a.m. The refinery, chemicals plant, and lube plant are located on approximately 2,400 acres near downtown Beaumont. The refinery processes approximately 365,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produces 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline annually and employs approximately 2,000 people and more than 1,000 contractors.

Man Dies After Tugboat Sinks on San Jacinto River

On April 19, 2016, at around 9:00 a.m., a tugboat with a crew of five people onboard became submerged underwater on the San Jacinto River. At the time of the incident, the tugboat was located about a half mile south of the I-10 bridge, just outside of Houston, Texas. Four crew members were rescued from the river, but a fifth crew member was unaccounted for. Traffic was restricted along a stretch of the San Jacinto River during the search, and the Harris County Sheriff's Office along with the United States Coast Guard recovered the fifth crewmember's body a short time later. The tugboat is identified as the Ricky J Leboeuf.  A Coast Guard spokesman says salvage crews were on the scene Wednesday to try to locate and raise the tugboat.

Fatal Texas Truck Accident Ends In Fiery Crash On Highway 36

A Texas truck driver was killed in a fiery crash outside Temple after, according to investigators;, the driver was blinded by the setting sun on Highway 36. The driver collided with safety barriers before hitting a guardrail. The truck caught fire and the driver, 69-year-old Lee Meeks of Pampa, was unable to escape from the cab of the semi-truck; he died at the scene of the fatal truck accident.

Texas Ranks Number One in the Nation For Workplace Deaths

Across the nation, fatal accidents in the workplace are on the decline, but that pattern has not carried over in the state of Texas. A recent article in the Dallas News noted that workplace deaths remain "stubbornly high in Texas."

Unregulated Pipelines Lead to Wrongful Deaths

Contrary to popular belief, not all oil and gas pipelines are strictly regulated. In fact, pipelines classified as "gathering" pipelines, which transport gas from well fields to transmission lines, often face less strict safety rules. And depending on how rural their location, such pipelines might not be regulated at all.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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