Oilfield Accidents Are Complicated
Our attorneys can make the situation clear
People who work in oil and gas extraction have some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The risk of injury due to slipping, getting hit with heavy equipment, crushing, eye injuries, and chemical exposure are all very high.
Getting money after a bad oilfield incident can be a long process made even worse by the pain you are in. With all the contractors, inspectors, and other people around, just identifying who is liable for your damages may be complicated.
Oilfield accident causes
Whether you are exploring, drilling, desilting, or doing another task, anyone can be the victim of an oilfield accident. Common injury factors include:
- Extreme heat
- Exposure to harmful chemicals and substances
- Falling equipment
- Launched, flying objects
- Other injured workers slipping or dropping items that then injure someone else
- Caught in running equipment or machinery
- Overexertion while lifting, pushing, turning, or pulling
Most of the injuries are due to human error or equipment failures. And, critically, most are preventable – and the at-fault party needs to be held accountable.
Who is at fault for an oilfield accident?
Even though many oilfield accidents happen to people while they are working, workers’ compensation may not be the only source of compensation for your claim.
In general, workers’ compensation is an insurance plan employers purchase to cover on-the-job employee injuries. By joining the system, employers are protected against lawsuits filed by an injured employee. (There are a few exceptions to this rule.) However, Texas is unique in that it does not require businesses to subscribe to the workers’ compensation system. If your employer is a “non-subscriber,” you can file a personal injury claim against them.
Whether you’re covered by workers’ compensation or not, you can always take legal action against a “third party” who may be liable for your injuries. This might include the property owner, equipment manufacturer, subcontractors, outside maintenance and certification companies among others.
Make your shot at compensation count
Hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries occur every year on U.S. oilfields, according to federal data. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an oilfield accident, it is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. You need to protect your right to compensation.
Hoover Rogers Law, LLP is dedicated to your recovery. That means we handle the insurance companies while you heal.
Contact us for a free injury case evaluation to learn more about how the law applies to you, the value of your claim, and legal options. Our attorneys work on contingency. We only get paid when we win.
The statute of limitations gets closer every day. Don’t delay. Call, email, or chat online with us now to schedule your free case evaluation.