When most out-of-state people think of Texas, their first thoughts are usually of cowboys and oil. Today, North Texans are better known for the pig-skin throwing Cowboys, rather than the horse-riding kind. Oil and natural gas production are still a big business in the Lone Star State, however. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Barnett Shale is the source of approximately 53,000 local jobs according to M & L Research Inc.
Given the physical demands of drilling for oil and gas, however, workplace accidents are inevitable. Heavy machinery, dangerous chemicals and human error can all contribute to hazardous conditions which could result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Despite companies operating in the Barnett Shale fields taking reasonable steps to ensure safe conditions to protect their workers from harm, accidents do inevitably happen. Long arduous shifts are common in the oil and gas industry, and the physical labor is frequently strenuous.
The good news for oil and gas workers is that they will usually receive workers' comp for any on-the-job injuries that they suffer. Unfortunately, there are times when that money is simply not enough to cover their medical bills and support their family. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the financial situation for the deceased's relatives can become even worse. Depending on the situation, it may be possible for you to make a separate claim for compensation, entirely apart from and in addition to any workers compensation which you might be receiving.
This usually applies to situations where the accident which caused your injuries was caused by someone who is not employed by the same company as you. For example, if you were hit by a tanker truck which is owned and operated by a separate commercial trucking company and not your employer, then you are legally entitled to seek additional damages from that company's insurance too.
Of course, every situation is different, so to find out whether you might qualify for more money following your injury, you should contact the experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth. To schedule your free no obligation consultation, please call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900 in Fort Worth or 214-327-8000 in Dallas. Alternatively, you may contact us online and one of our experienced attorneys will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
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