The Oklahoma City Law firm, Burton Law Group, P.C., was founded by the Late Lew Gravitt in 1992. Today, the firm is the people’s choice for personal injury attorneys, social security attorneys, and workers compensation attorneys. The firm serves all of Oklahoma and has offices in Oklahoma City, Walters, and Tulsa.

There are many attorneys in Oklahoma City but our firm gives every case the attention it deserves. You are not just another case in our office but rather someone we will treat like a family member. We will work tirelessly to pursue the benefits you are entitled to and we remain accessible throughout your case. Whether you have a car accident, social security disability claim, or workers compensation claim, we are here to help. People choose our law firm over others because we are extremely passionate about pursuing the rights of our clients – and about pursuing the maximum compensation possible under the law. We approach the case in a very personal manner. We talk to our clients, answer their questions and keep them updated throughout the legal process. Passion for Oklahoma City and the people who make it a great place to live.

Burton Law Group can provide services in a broad range of areas:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Medical Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bankruptcy
  • Defective Product Injury
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Defective Product Injury
  • Slip and Fall Injuries
  • Workers Compensation
  • Boat Accidents
  • Employment Law
  • On the Job Injuries
  • Social Security Disability
  • Wrongful Death

We’re also passionate about our town, Oklahoma City, and the people who make Oklahoma a great place to live. Naturally, we are keen to pursue the rights of our people. We will always answer any questions you have regarding your case and utilize our resources to obtain the best outcome possible for you.

In 2016, our firm was instrumental in helping undo a great injustice passed into law at the request of a few irresponsible employers. The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the Opt Out Act on September 13, 2016, as an unconstitutional special law. Dillard’s department store opted out of the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act when it became lawful to do so on February 1, 2014. Subsequently, many injured workers were denied benefits that would have otherwise been due under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Employers were allowed to deny claims and if the employee sought an appeal the appeal was decided by Dillard’s much like the fox watching the hen house.

Though there are no guarantees, with the Burton Law Group, P.C., you can be confident that you have a capable and tenacious law firm at your side. We will devote our time, dedication, and all the resources necessary to pursue the best possible outcome for you.

Phone (800) 257-5533(800) 257-5533 for a free consultation with an Oklahoma City injury lawyer from The Burton Law Group, P.C.

Authorities Investigating Oklahoma Rig Explosion, Deadliest U.S. Drilling Accident In Years

By February 1, 2018Blog
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Federal and state authorities are investigating the cause of the deadly explosion and fire at a natural gas drilling rig in southeastern Oklahoma on Monday.

The cause of the explosion and fire is not yet known. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Chemical Safety Board are investigating, as is the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator.

A day after the explosion, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court struck down a portion of the state’s workers compensation law, ruling 8-0 that oil and gas companies can be sued when workers are injured or killed. Oklahoma law holds operators responsible for well site safety, not contract drillers or oil-field service companies.

A preliminary report from a commission investigator found the fire that engulfed the rig was fed by an “uncontrolled gas release.” A rig worker attempted to activate a device known as a blowout preventer to shut off the well but was unable to, the inspector reported.

The fire at the wellhead kept emergency crews at bay for hours and created a black plume of smoke visible for miles. One worker who escaped with burns was taken by helicopter to a hospital and later released; sixteen other workers who fled the burning rig were uninjured.

“From what I was told from many of the survivors, there was an explosion, they heard a loud boom, they seen fire and they ran,” Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said. “Everybody was trying to survive.”

The five men who died were found in the “dog house,” a control room located near the drilling platform. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management identified them as Roger Cunningham, 55, of Seminole; Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas; Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, Colo.; Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester, and Parker Waldridge, 60, of Crescent.

Tony Say, a founder of Red Mountain Energy, told reporters Tuesday the small energy company was “absolutely devastated” by the accident.

“Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been impacted beyond words by this tragedy. You’ll be in our prayers over the coming days and weeks,” he said. “Our priority, sincerely, is the people who have been affected and the safety of those who will be called upon to work the well site and investigate.”

In a statement, Patterson-UTI President and CEO Andy Hendricks said his employees were “deeply saddened” and pledged a thorough investigation of the accident.

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our employees and others we partner within the field. Tonight, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected and their loved ones.”

Patterson-UTI has struggled for years with one of the worst safety records in the drilling industry, OSHA data show. A 2008 report from the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions subcommittee identified 12 deaths at Patterson-UTI drilling sites in Texas alone. Inspections of drilling sites the company operates in Oklahoma and other states have turned up numerous violations, OSHA data show.

Drilling is a dangerous job. At least 60 workers in Oklahoma have died working for energy companies or on the job at oil and gas drilling sites from 2011-2016, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. In 2012, a sharp rise in deadly oil-field accidents led to a voluntary statewide shutdown of drilling activity so rig work crews could review safety standards and procedures.

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