• February 07, 2022

Four Workers Injured in Oil Well Site Accident on FM 1738 in Jasper County, TX

Jasper County, TX -- February 5, 2022, four oil field workers were hospitalized after a fiery accident at a well site off Farm to Market Road 1738 in Jasper County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. at the well site on FM 1738 near Highway 63 East, northeast of Jasper. Preliminary investigation suggests the four workers were somehow sprayed with oil and/or natural gas at the site and then some form of spark occurred and the gas ignited.

The four workers were transported by private vehicles to a Jasper hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Another employee at the well site shut down the gas leak without further incident.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Well Site Accident on FM 1738 in Jasper County

It's obviously crucial to figure out exactly what caused the leak and subsequent fire. Once the particulars of what happened are better established there may still be considerations about what comes afterward. Whatever lies ahead for the victims, they can only move forward if they have all the facts about their injuries. With that information, there are particular legal nuances surrounding Texas work injury law that dictate how victims and families might proceed.

For one, it's important to find out if the employer subscribes to workers' compensation or not. If an employer subscribes to workers' comp, then its employees should automatically receive benefits. They're generally provided with no questions asked, but that system also bars workers and their families from holding the employer more directly accountable through civil action.

Four Workers Injured in Oil Well Site Accident on FM 1738 in Jasper County, TX

Unlike virtually every other state, Texas does not require employers to subscribe to workers' comp. Employers can choose to opt out, but in so doing they open themselves up to possible litigation if a worker is injured on the job there. That doesn't mean an automatic decision in the worker's favor, though; victims and their families must prove that the employer's negligence caused the accident to occur. This requires extensive evidence and appropriate legal strategy.

But all of this only applies if the injured workers are employed by the company responsible for the accident. On many job sites, several companies generally work side-by-side. If workers from one company suffer injury due to the actions of workers from another company, that changes things. They may have a claim under workers' comp, but they may also have a claim against the other company. Workers' comp generally only protects companies from being held accountable by their own employees. Employees from other companies are not bound by these restrictions, therefore they can hold that company accountable as they would if they were any ordinary civilian.

As I said, there are many complex factors surrounding an accident like this. At the very least, it shows the need for thorough investigations from experienced professionals. Whether it's to know the full story or to navigate a complex legal situation, the victims injured in this incident need some answers.

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