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Hydrogen Sulfide injuries and deaths happen every day in the West Texas, Midland-Odessa, and Permian Basin.  Fortunately, the first responders are specially trained to help injured oil and gas workers.  But, the injuries are often painful and can be life-altering.  The help of an attorney based in Midland-Odessa can get assistance to you and your family right away, working to get you the best medical care, documenting your injuries, and securing the accident scene before critical evidence gets "lost."


Hydrogen Sulfide, H2S, is a flammable gas that occurs naturally in oil and gas formations, volcanoes, and hot springs.  It often smells like rotten eggs, but in higher quantities has a sweet smell.  It is heavier than air, so it tends to settle in low-lying areas.  Warmer weather increases its vapor density, amplifying its deadliness.


Unfortunately, H2S is also toxic and can quickly become deadly.  Just a few breaths of H2S can cause serious and life-threatening.  Although inhalation is most common, H2S can also cause harm by ingestion or skin contact.  Signs of H2S exposure include shock, convulsions, coma, and, even, death.


H2S is a natural byproduct of decaying matter, like sewage, manure, hot springs, and petroleum.  It is sometimes called “sewer gas.”  Some industries use H2S, such as mining, oil refineries, and manufacturing rayon.


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations regarding H2S exposure levels, because even low concentrations can cause headache, dizziness, and nausea. Higher exposures can cause a worker to lose consciousness quickly, which causes even greater risk. In some cases, exposure though inhalation can result in respiratory paralysis and asphyxiation, both of which can lead to death.  Workers who have to work in confined spaces, like cleaning tanks, are at an especially great risk, since H2S levels can climb quickly in confined spaced.


Hydrogen Sulfide Signs of Exposure

Although known for its smell, over a period of time, people tend not to notice it or it deadens the sense of smell.  At lower levels, symptoms of H2S poisoning can include:

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Coughing

  • Trouble breathing

Exposure of higher concentrations of H2S symptoms may be:

  • Shock

  • Convulsions

  • Coma

  • Death


Hydrogen Sulfide Treatment & Complications

There really aren’t any reliable tests to detect H2S in a victim’s blood or urine.  But, tests may show whether a person has suffered injury to the brain, nervous system, heart, lungs, or kidneys.


There is no known cure or antidote for H2S poisoning.  Symptoms can be treated or managed.  Over time, many people make a full recovery.  But, those with longer term exposure or higher levels of exposure may suffer permanent brain, lung, kidney, or damage. damage and impairment.

Have you or a loved one been hurt or, worse, killed by H2S exposure?

Too often, H2S injuries were preventable.  Often a company’s desire to rush or cut corners is the real cause of H2S injuries. 


AmblerLaw is ready to fight for you.   We know how to protect workers hurt by H2S exposure.  The oil and gas companies have lots of lawyers and big insurance companies to protect them if you get hurt.  You need someone to protect your and your family’s interests.


AmblerLaw knows the oilfield and oil service industries and understand H2S exposure.  Rachel Ambler knows the industry.  She knows how to figure out what went wrong, what experts to call, who's to blame, and how to fight for you. 



Understanding H2S exposure is critical, and folks from outside, well, sometimes they just don't get it.  Ask him what a hydrogen sulfide is and he might just give a blank look or tell you “it’s bad.”  Rachel Ambler has been in Midland/Odessa since 2001.  She knows it.  She gets it.  She's been called a "pitbull in the courtroom," because she won't stop fighting for you.  When you've been hurt in the oilfield, that's exactly what you want.  Call AmblerLaw today.

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