Types of oilfield injury cases our attorneys handle
- Pipeline explosions
- Well blowouts
- Rig collapses
- Electrical accidents
- Hazardous chemicals and fumes
- Inadequate safety training or protective gear
- Malfunctioning or defective equipment
- Poorly maintained worksites
- Work-related vehicle accidents
Regardless of the type of job duties you perform for your employer, if you are hurt at work, it’s important you understand and protect your rights to recover compensation for your medical bills, expenses, and lost wages.
Determining legal responsibility for a Texas work accident in the oilfield
Who pays for your injury after you’ve been hurt at work? Unfortunately, the answer to that question can be complicated in Texas. Not all oilfield workers will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. If their employer chooses not to subscribe to workers’ comp, then employees may file a “non-subscriber” claim against their employer.
If a person or company other than your employer caused your injury, you may have a valuable third-party claim against the manufacturers of faulty equipment or outside contractors. If you have questions, an attorney experienced with worker injury cases can help you determine who may be liable in your situation.
If you are unsure whether you need an attorney after you have been hurt, or if you simply have questions about your potential injury claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. VB Attorneys has handled hundreds of cases from injured workers across the state of Texas, including those working in the oilfield for oil & gas companies.
How to protect your rights after being injured in an oilfield explosion
Oilfield workers know the dangers they face at work every day. But most people don’t know what to do after the worst has happened — the rig or well has exploded, leaving you or your loved one catastrophically injured. In such situations, there are four main factors to winning your case:
1. Determining If You Have A Case
The first step you need to do after being injured is to find out if you have a case. Even if your company has workers compensation, you might still be able to recover for your injuries. You may very well have a case against a “third party,” that is, a company other than your employer that was partly or entirely negligent in causing the explosion.
If your company doesn’t have workers compensation, you might be able to file a lawsuit against your employer as well, in what is called a “non-subscriber” case in Texas.
2. Protecting the Value of Your Claim
Your company has an obligation to its shareholders to make a profit, and your medical bills and injury claim threaten your company’s bottom line. Insurance adjusters and corporate representatives will be working to get recorded statements from you and to minimize or eliminate your claim.
Finding out how you can protect your injury claim is just as important as physically, psychologically, and emotionally recovering from your injuries. Getting a free consultation from a board certified attorney who has successfully handled similar claims will allow you to determine the best way to protect your future and the value of your claim. Find out how to hire the best attorney for your case.
3. Investigating the Cause of the Explosion
An independent investigation is crucial to the success of your injury claim, as is preserving the evidence. These factors seem challenging and expensive, but an experienced, board certified attorney can ensure the evidence is preserved and the independent investigation proceeds appropriately.
We have successfully used court orders in other oil industry explosion cases to ensure that evidence isn’t destroyed or tampered with. The longer you wait to investigate the accident and preserve evidence, the likelihood of evidence disappearing increases dramatically.
4. Getting the Medical Care You Need
This point sounds obvious, but treating your injuries as thoroughly as possible is one of the best steps you can take to help win your case. Doing so shows that you are working hard to make a full recovery. Even if your injuries are career-ending, you need to take care of yourself and follow your doctors’ instructions.
These four factors are the first steps to winning your oilfield injury case. Your best offense is a good defense, and you need experienced attorneys on your side. Your attorneys will use evidence to prove that the company responsible for your injuries was negligent, will use experts to determine the value of your case, and will do everything necessary to get you the settlement you deserve.
Hiring an attorney after an oilfield injury
To get the compensation you deserve and hold the negligent parties accountable for your injuries, you need to have the right people fighting for you. The best attorney for your oilfield injury case will have specific experience with oilfield workers. For a free, confidential consultation, call us now. Our board certified attorneys will analyze your claim, help you understand your rights, and decide what your next steps should be.