Why Hire An Oilfield Injury Attorney?
The demand for more oil has increased the need for employment in the oil and gas industry, including oil rig workers, oil miners, pipeline workers, oil and gas operators and other types of site engineers.
At times, the rush to supply the demands on the oil industry means workers and crewmembers are put to work with little industry training in high-stress situations. Some workers may be found operating dangerous equipment and machinery without proper training placing them at high risk of sustaining severe injuries. For these reasons alone, it is important for workers in this industry to be aware of their legal rights. Other factors contributing to injuries include faulty equipment, improperly maintained machinery, explosions, and motor vehicle crashes while traveling to work sites.
Is the oilfield industry safe?
The oil and gas industry used to be known as an industry that was committed to safety. If you work or have worked in an oil field or in part of the industry, you might have very opposite beliefs. Before 2015, employers were only required to report fatalities and catastrophic incidents that involved at least three employees who required hospitalization to OSHA. If injuries were not reported, many of us figured they weren’t happening. Starting in 2015, a new rule was put in place requiring employers to report any incident that resulted in hospitalization or loss of body part regardless of how many individuals were affected.
Reporting on the job injuries does not seem to be of importance to the oil field industry. Data comparing low injury rates to high fatality rates reveals many oil field workplace injuries still go unreported. The underreporting of injuries may mean hard, dedicated workers are not receiving compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and other losses.
Injuries and the oilfield
According to OSHA, the General Medical and Surgical Hospitals industry is the only industry that has a higher number of severe injuries than the oilfield industry. However, the hospital industry has more than three million employees, the oil and gas industry has less than 250,000 employees.
Injuries sustained in the oilfield industry can vary greatly. However, many victims will suffer catastrophic injuries. The most common injuries oil and gas workers are susceptible in their line of work include:
- Fractures, particularly the legs
- Injuries from falling
- Injuries from being struck by objects
- Severe burns from fires and explosions
The importance of hiring an Oilfield Injury Attorney
If you suffered injuries while working in the oil industry, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits, and if your injuries were the result of a safety violation, you may be eligible for additional compensation through a third party claim. Hiring an Oilfield Injury Attorney will be your best chance of success.
Your injury will not only affect your aptitude for your job, but it will also come with overwhelming medical expenses. It is a wise decision to have a legal advocate in your corner to defend your rights and navigate the legal system with your best interest being the top priority.
An Oilfield Injury Attorney is capable of pursuing compensation well above what might be provided through worker’s compensation benefits.
For your claim to be successful, negligence will need to be determined to hold the party or parties that attributed to your injuries accountable. For example, if you were harmed due to defective equipment, you can file a claim against the manufacturer to seek separate compensation from them.
Although pursuing compensation seems clear-cut, remember that the oilfield industry is backed by big corporations and insurance companies that won’t simply nod their head and pay you the compensation you deserve. Once the insurance company realizes you do not have legal representation, they will stall your claim in hopes that you will give up. They know these situations often leave victims in a financial rut which opens up another dirty tactic opportunity for them. The insurance company may put a low ball settlement on the table after stalling your claim knowing you are in need of funds and overwhelmed by waiting for a response. This makes it tempting for you to accept the settlement offer just to be done with the stressful process. The problem is that you will be left with an unanswered pile of medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries.
A seasoned attorney is well aware of the tactics insurance companies will try to use to make victims look undeserving of their claim. They will try their hardest to find any reason to limit or deny your claim. Your Oilfield Injury Attorney will use their specialized knowledge and resources to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Types of compensation
It is also important to consider what losses you are expected to face in the future. You may not be able to return to work anytime soon, and like many other oilfield workers, you probably have a family depending on you for financial support. Depending on the type of injury you suffered, you may require ongoing medical care and treatment in the future, again adding more expenses. You may experience pain indefinitely affecting your quality of life. A qualified Oilfield Injury Attorney is aware of not only the immediate losses that come along with an oilfield injury but the long-term losses as well.
Common types of losses you may be entitled to recover compensation for include:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Other losses
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
Whether a negligent employer or careless industrial product manufacturer caused your injuries, we will not let carelessness go unanswered. Here at The Carlson Law Firm, we have a team of attorneys, on staff nurses and private investigators that will work tirelessly to uncover liable parties who have contributed to the injuries you have suffered. We are not afraid to go against large corporate entities to secure a substantial final result on your behalf while ensuring you are getting the best possible treatment needed for recovery.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Adriana Torres