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One week, two Texas oilfield accident deaths

Oilfields are dangerous places. Many people are injured or killed every year because of dangers in these workplaces. Although a job might be presumed to be dangerous, workers should still feel safe on the job, and be provided with proper safety equipment and training.

Late last month, Texas experienced two oilfield accident related deaths within the same week. One man was from Big Spring, and the other was from Abilene. In one case, an oil rig collapsed, killing the man, and in the other case a man was pinned between a piece of equipment and a heater tank.

These accidents are more common than some people might think. However, it is important that just because an accident is common or a job is known to have some dangers, families understand that they still have rights after the loss of their loved one.

During this very emotional time, it is important that families have someone who can look out for their interests. Sometimes employers or insurance companies will offer settlements soon after an accident. However, these settlements don't always pay for funeral costs, or when a person is injured, don't pay for all of the medical expenses that a family incurs. The expenses that a family incurs right after an accident are only part of the cost.

Families might also have expenses that they are unable to pay for because of the loss of their loved one's income. While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, it can help families ease the financial strain of their loss.

Source: KENS5.com, "West Texas man dies in oilfield-related accident," June 23, 2013

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