Oilfield Accidents and Injuries: What to Do
People who work in the oil sector have a higher risk of injury than workers in almost any other industry. That’s due in part to the extreme hazards involved in working on an oil rig. Accidents in oilfields are far too common, despite the fact that Texas has enacted safety regulations and programs that are meant to protect employees from harm.
When you do suffer an injury in an oilfield, it’s very likely that you’ll have the opportunity to file a personal injury claim against the person or people responsible for the accident. Continue reading to learn more about how to move forward with your lawsuit.
Who Is to Blame for Your Damages?
Should you choose to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit after an oil rig accident, it will be critical to the success of your case that we establish who is liable for your accident and subsequent injuries. When you’re working in an oilfield, the liable parties could be a number of people or entities.
We will begin by examining the actions of your colleagues, supervisors, or other workers. It may come as a surprise that many oilfield workers have been on the job for less than a year. This lack of experience, skill, and training contributes significantly to many oilfield injuries.
If a piece of equipment malfunctions, we will look to the manufacturer of the equipment in question in order to establish whether the machinery was defective or malfunctioned in some way. We can help you hold an equipment manufacturer accountable if it contributed to your oilfield injuries in some way.
Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
Texas is one of few states that do not require employers to obtain workers compensation coverage on their insurance policies. Employers who do opt for workers comp insurance may be protected from liability in most on-the-job injuries—but not all. Oil and gas industry employers who opt out of workers comp are open to personal injury lawsuits from those who are injured at work.
A work accident attorney at our firm will help you determine which option is right for your case. With a personal injury claim, our goal is to recover every single damage you’ve endured. Although there is a vast array of losses you could have suffered, some of the ones most frequently involved in oilfield accidents and injuries include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Effects of disfigurement
- Lost wages
- Damage to your future earning potential
- Hospital bills
- Medical equipment
- Costs of prescription medications
You shouldn’t have to worry about how you will continue to support yourself and your family while you are unable to work and recovering from your on-the-job injuries. Holding the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions and securing full compensation for your losses starts with a phone call to our firm.
Speak with an Austin Work Injury Lawyer
If you are interested in recovering the damages you suffered when you were injured in an oilfield accident, contact an experienced Austin work injury lawyer at the Colley Firm, PC today. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the most out of your personal injury claim.
We can evaluate the details of your case if you schedule a consultation with us. Simply fill out the form below or call us at 1-877-411-2001 to set up yours.