Around 35 percent of the U.S.’s oil production originates in Texas. In 2014, the Houston Chronicle reported that there were more than 400,000 jobs in the industry in Texas alone. It’s clear that the oil field business is booming throughout the state, which can make workers hesitant to file claims when they get hurt or sick on the job.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our Texas oil field injury lawyers know that many workers can feel isolated when on-the-job accidents or incidents harm their health and make it difficult—or impossible—for them to return to work. In fact, there’s often pressure from their employers to return to work right away or to not report their injuries or seek compensation.

But many of the injuries that oil field workers suffer can be serious and potentially life-threatening. That’s because the oil industry uses heavy machinery and often involves working in cramped and dangerous conditions and areas. Workers may even be at risk of suffering severe burns due to fires and explosions.

Don’t let your employer or even your coworkers intimidate you into silence. In addition to being eligible to file a claim with the Texas workers’ compensation system, you also may be able to file a personal injury claim against your employer for failing to adequately protect you from harm and potential dangers.

Seek a free consultation from an experienced attorney to find out if you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.