Why is Exxon Mobil Denying Employer Negligence in This Recent Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

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In a recent wrongful death case, several representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. are denying that the company committed any negligence after an employee died while checking an oil storage tank in eastern Montana.

Exxon Mobil is an American multinational gas and oil corporation based in Irving, Texas. In early February 2018, the company filed its official response to a recent lawsuit from the estate of Trent Vigus of Glendive, Montana. The 30-year old employee died in July 2010 while working for an Exxon contractor, Nabors, Industries. An attorney for Vigus’s estate claimed that Vigus’ wife had been suspecting employer negligence when she read that another worker had died while also working on an oil storage tank. The attorney, Fred Bremseth, said that the case is strikingly similar to others where employees would die from being in contact with dangerous fumes from these storage tanks. A spokeswoman from Exxon says an autopsy determined that Vigus had died of natural causes, and that there is no sufficient evidence to support that any Exxon employer could be responsible.

Why Does This Case Matter?

According to the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration, or OSHA, the fatality rate for oil and gas workers for companies like Exxon Mobil are seven times that of all other America-based industries. There are many factors that could contribute to these alarming rates; safety codes could easily be breached, and employers sometimes make money-saving decisions that put employees at risk. This is why wrongful death cases like this one are important to investigate, because these mysterious deaths occur often in the oil industry with no satisfactory outcome.

If you would like to know more about employer negligence in the oil and gas industry, or if you have experienced an injury while working in an oil field, our attorneys are here to help. If your employer is at fault for your injuries, there are options to help you seek compensation, so contact us today to get started on your case.

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