Causes of Oilfield Injuries
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we are often asked by injured workers or family members who is responsible for oil field accidents and injuries? The answer is that it depends on what and who caused the oil field accident that led to your injuries or loved one’s death. Our oil injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate the incident, determine what went wrong, and in turn, identify who is liable for your injuries or loss.
Some of the most common oilfield accidents and injuries are caused by:
- Failing to implement and maintain required health and safety protocols
- Failing to adhere to industry regulations
- Failing to check equipment levels
- Equipment defects and failure
- Unqualified workers and inadequate training
- Negligent hiring and retention
- Inadequate supervision
- Failing to follow shutdown protocols
What to Do After an Oil Field Accident
If you are involved in an accident while working on an oil field or at an oil or gas production facility, you should take the following steps:
01 Stop Working & get Medical Care
Immediately stop working and obtain medical care as quickly as possible.
02 Tell Your Employer
Inform your supervisor as soon as possible. Make sure the incident is properly documented.
03 Protect Your Rights
Do not provide a formal or recorded statement to your employer or its insurer.
04 Do Not Sign Any Documents
Let an attorney review any materials before signing any liability forms or settlement offer.
05 Call an Experienced Lawyer
Contact our oil injury lawyers for accurate and experienced legal advice.
Compensation for Injured Oil Workers
If you were injured in an oil field accident, you may have the right to recover financially for your injuries, including your:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of normal life
However, first, you need to determine if workers' comp covers your work-related injury or medical condition. If your employer provides workers’ comp insurance and your injury or diagnosis is covered, then you cannot sue your employer. Your sole remedy is to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
If your employer does not provide workers’ compensation insurance, or if a party from outside of your employer caused your injuries, then you should work with an oil injury lawyer to file a lawsuit. Through a personal injury lawsuit in Texas, if you can prove the other party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct caused you harm, then you can seek compensation.
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Common Oilfield Injuries
As an injured gas worker or oil field worker, you may be dealing with all manner of injuries, such as:
- Skull & Head Injuries: You may experience lacerations and contusions to your face or head. You may be diagnosed with a skull fracture or other broken bones in your face. You also could be diagnosed with a concussion, which is a mild Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI), or a moderate-to-severe TBI. Head injuries can vary drastically. Your physician may expect you to make a full recovery from a mild or moderate injury. However, a severe head trauma can lead to permanent side effects, disabilities, and death.
- Bone Fractures: Whether you slipped and fell, were in a vehicle collision, or were hurt in an equipment malfunction, you may suffer simple or complex broken bones.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: You may be diagnosed with a ligament sprain or a muscle or tendon strain. When these injuries are minor, you may only rest to recover. However, if a ligament, muscle, or tendon is fully torn, you may require surgery.
- Back Injuries: If you were injured in an oil field accident, you may be diagnosed with fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, soft tissue injuries, and other back injuries. These can lead to long-term back pain and make it difficult for you to work.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Your spinal cord can suffer complete or incomplete damage during an oil and gas field accident, leading to paralysis.
- Crush Injuries and Amputations: Serious transportation and equipment accidents on the oil and gas field can lead to crushed limbs, which may require surgical amputation. These incidents and others can also cause traumatic amputation of an extremity of limb.
- Eye Injuries: Exposure to harmful chemicals or being involved in an explosion can lead to vision loss, from a decrease in your vision to blindness.
- Burns: If you were caught in an explosion or fire, you may suffer serious burns over your body. Burns can lead to significant scarring and disfigurement as well as a loss of mobility and sensation in the injured areas of your body.
If you are dealing with these or other injuries that are related to your work on an oil field or at an oil or gas production facility, do not hesitate to contact our oil field accident lawyers to discuss your rights and legal options.
Your Options After a Fatal Oil Field Accident
If your parent, spouse, or child was killed in an oil or gas-related accident, we recommend you call Anderson Injury Lawyers as soon as you can. We will thoroughly investigate the incident to determine what happened and who was at fault. We also will identify whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and whether you may have the right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. We will fully explain your rights and legal options. If you wish to seek a financial recovery, we will guide you through the process and fight to ensure you get everything you need to move on.
Who Is Liable for Oilfield Injuries?
Based on the most common oilfield accidents and the underlying causes, we often file oil industry accident lawsuits against:
- Equipment Manufacturers
- Maintenance Providers
- Vendors/Service Providers
If you believe your employer is responsible for your injuries, contact our oil field accident lawyers to discuss your right to pursue worker’s compensation benefits or file suit against your employer. If a party from outside of your employer appears to be at fault, let us guide you through filing an oil industry accident lawsuit and securing everything you deserve for your injuries.
Contact Our Oil Field Accident Law Firm
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we understand that oil field accidents and injuries put you in a difficult and complicated position. Because you hurt, you cannot get up and immediately go back to work. You are losing out on income every day, and you need to figure out how to rectify that. Do you file a workers’ comp claim or do you file suit? It can be challenging to determine your rights and the best steps to take. Our oil field accident lawyers are here to help you figure out what you can and should do. We recommend giving us a call before speaking with an insurance company or accepting any settlement offers.
If you suffered harm in an accident or any incident caused by negligence, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. We offer individualized attention, over 25 years of experience, and everything you need to get everything you deserve.
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