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Texas Oilfield Injury Lawyers
The economic importance of Texas oil field employees is undeniable, yet each day, they put their safety at risk. Working in the oil sector is dangerous. In 2017, 69 oil and gas workers were killed on the job, and 44 of those deaths occurred in Texas. Oil and gas employees also experienced almost 700 nonfatal injuries in 2018.
If you were injured in an oil field accident, you are entitled to compensation. While it may appear intimidating to file a personal injury claim against your employer, it can actually accomplish a number of things. For starters, a personal injury payment might help you and your family while you heal from your injuries.
Compensation may assist you in paying medical expenses so that you can get the care you require. A lawsuit may also hold your employer accountable for hazardous conduct that triggered your accident. This might cause your employer to take precautions to keep other oil field workers safe by making things safer for employees.
Give Texas Oilfield Injury Lawyers a call if you want to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer about an oil field accident. Our law practice fights insurance companies to obtain injured people the compensation they deserve, and we’d like to help you.
How Can You Get Compensation After An Injury?
When an oilfield accident happened to you, it might have been due to a variety of reasons. While most oil field injuries are not intentional, your employer may have intentionally harmed you. However, many oil field injuries are caused by employee negligence. This implies that you did not have a safe working environment at your job.
Worker’s Compensation for Oilfield Injuries
The first step is to identify whether your work accident is covered by workers’ compensation or a personal injury lawsuit. Employers in Texas are not required to have workers’ compensation coverage. If you work for a firm that has workers’ compensation insurance, you can file a workers’ compensation claim.
Even if the accident was your fault, workers’ compensation may offer benefits. Economic losses such as medical expenses and missed earnings for a limited time are compensated for. Workers’ compensation does not cover pain and suffering.
Personal Injury For Oilfield Injuries
When your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you can sue them. Even if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage, there are a few circumstances in which you may sue for additional damages in addition to workers’ compensation payouts:
- You can sue a third party, such as a manufacturer, over a defective product;
- You can sue a third party (but not an employer or co-worker) for negligence;
- You can sue if your employer intentionally harmed you; or
- You can sue if your employer used a toxic or illegal substance.
In the case of certain personal injuries, you must prove that your employer was negligent. You must show that your employer was negligent in four separate ways in order to sue him or her for negligence.
Duty Of Care
Your employer owed you a duty of care, which implies that he or she had an obligation to keep you safe at work.
Breach Of Duty
Your employer violated this responsibility by failing to take precautions to prevent hazardous working conditions. Oil field injuries are frequently caused by these mishaps:
- Oil rig explosions,
- Electrical fires,
- Machine malfunction,
- Inexperienced workers mishandling equipment,
- Falling equipment, and
- Slippery or unstable rig surfaces.
An employer must act responsibly to safeguard employees in any situation that is out of the employer’s control. If a hazardous circumstance existed at your worksite, your employer may have breached his or her duty of care.
Your employer’s breach of duty has caused you to suffer an injury. This does not constitute a personal injury claim against your employer if you were hurt at home or while playing sports. You must have been injured on the job as a result of your employer’s negligence.
Oilfield Injury Damages
Oil field accidents frequently result in significant injuries and damages, which are generally covered by the claim. However, if you only have a minor bruise or scrape, it is unlikely that you will be able to pursue compensation through the courts.
If you’re unsure how to fulfill these components of negligence, a personal injury lawyer can assist. Your attorney will tell you whether or not you have enough evidence of negligence to pursue a personal injury claim.
What Types Of Injuries Can I Get Compensation For?
Accidents in the oil field can result in serious damage or wrongful death. These injuries might have a long-term effect on both the employee and his family years later. Because oil field accidents have a big influence, your employer may be required to pay you an enormous personal injury compensation.
If you’ve been hurt in any of these ways, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries:
- Burns from an equipment fire or well explosion,
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion from falling equipment,
- Spinal cord injury or paralysis after falling off a rig,
- Broken bones due to malfunctioning equipment,
- Amputated limbs due to being crushed by equipment, or
- Torn tendons and ligaments from slippery surfaces.
Your employer should reimburse you for any medical expenses and rehabilitation expenditures resulting from these accidents. However, you may pursue your employer in court for more than just medical expenses. A personal injury lawsuit usually involves two sorts of compensation: economic losses (including but not limited to lost income) and non-economic losses (such as pain and suffering).
This category includes medical expenses. Economic damage, on the other hand, comprises things like lost income and future earning potential. If you can quickly calculate the expense of an item related to your accident, it’s a strong indicator of economic damage.
Non-economic damages, such as emotional suffering and loss of pleasure, are examples. These damages are tough to calculate, but they can have a significant impact on your life. As a result, non-economic damages are an important component of your compensation package.
A personal injury lawyer can assist you in calculating all losses to make a valid settlement demand. To get evidence of damages, keep all medical receipts and bills for other expenses.
Can I Get Compensation For A Loved One Who Was Killed In An Oil Field Accident?
Yes, you can pursue compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one if an intentional or negligent act caused the oil field accident. In Texas, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by someone’s “wanton or culpable negligence.”
If another employee caused your loved one’s death, the company may still be held liable since the employee was working on behalf of the organization.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the surviving spouse, children, or parents of a worker who dies in an oil field. If these relatives have not initiated a wrongful death claim within three months of their loved one’s death, the administrator of the estate may bring a case.
You must file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the loss of your loved one. Your claim will be barred by the statute of limitations after that period. If you wish to preserve your rights, you should contact an injury lawyer as promptly as possible.
How Do I Hire The Right Oil Field Injury Lawyer?
When you file an oil field accident claim, you need the assistance of a lawyer who is familiar with this type of case. For a lawyer practicing in areas like family law or bankruptcy law, oil field injuries may be tough to handle. The knowledge and skills required to negotiate with oil company insurance attorneys are similar to those needed to handle numerous oil field injury claims.
You should seek recommendations for a competent oil field injury lawyer from your coworkers, acquaintances, and former coworkers. Each year, many oil field employees are harmed, so you may know someone who can recommend an attorney. Look online to discover other oil field attorneys and read reviews.
After you’ve eliminated a list of prospective attorneys, call to set up appointments. A consultation allows you to present your case to the attorney and get his or her perspective on your legal alternatives. You should also ask questions to determine whether the attorney is a good match for your situation. Here are some things you should find out:
- How often do you represent oil field injury victims?
- What is your average settlement for oil field injury victims?
- Do you require an upfront payment or work on contingency?
- What is your contingency fee?
- How long do you think my case will take to settle?
- How often should I expect to hear from you?
A free consultation is common among personal injury attorneys. Take advantage of this chance to see whether you feel comfortable with the lawyer handling your case. While asking appropriate questions is crucial, you should also trust your instincts when assessing a prospective attorney. Sign a contract with an attorney and begin working on your case when you feel comfortable with them.
Get Assistance For Your Oil Field Injury Lawsuit
Have you or someone close to you been hurt or lost a loved one as a result of an oil field accident? If your employer’s negligence caused the accident, you are entitled to compensation. The oil field injury attorneys at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can evaluate whether you have a personal injury claim against your employer.
We’ll look into any potential litigation against oil field equipment or other third parties, as well as assess any civil claims that may be filed. Then we’ll work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Before you contact us, there are a few things you should know about our legal firm:
- We provide aggressive and sympathetic legal counsel for injured workers.
- We are licensed in Texas
- We are skilled negotiators who usually reach a settlement, but we don’t hesitate to go to trial if required; and
- We are a firm that fights for maximum personal injury compensation for oil field workers who have been injured or killed in the oil field across Texas.
Call us for a free consultation if you were hurt in an oil field accident. We’ll hear your story, explain your legal alternatives, and answer any questions you may have. We’ll work to ensure that the oil company is held liable for the injuries they caused you. Make contact with us right now for a complimentary consultation.
Call us at (888) 997-2148 now for you free consultation.
We take cases on a contingency fee basis and there are no costs unless we win, and the consultation is completely FREE. Contact us to learn what Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can accomplish for you.