After we settled Don’s case, he sat down to discuss his experience working with Brian. Don was injured rescuing his crew from a gas well that blew out as he was arriving at the drilling site. His actions were nothing short of heroic. Unlike a superhero, he did not walk away unscathed. He suffered from hearing loss, lung damage, pneumonia, PTSD, and a neck injury that required surgery. As a result of his failed efforts trying to work with his company and his worker’s compensation provider to be treated for his injuries, he offers some sage wisdom for oilfield workers:
“Hi, my name’s Don. I live in Eunice, New Mexico. I have grown up in the oilfield and have been running tools for 26 years now. If I was talking to anyone in the oilfield, if you get hurt, workman’s comp’s not your friend. You might think your company’s your friend. You need to get an attorney, and you need to get somebody like Brian, like Julian. And you need to get what you deserve.
“The day started out like any other day. I was on another rig, and as soon as I pulled up, my buddies were around the wellhead and they all waved at me. And I opened the door of my truck, put my hard hat on, and stepped out and the well exploded.
“When I pulled the guys from the rig, from around the wellhead while it was blowing out, I compressed a disc in my neck and found out that the disc was smashing on my spinal cord and that was what was making all the pain. From there, I couldn’t get any help from my company, workman’s comp wasn’t wanting to help. They were saying I was just wanting pain pills.
“The oilfield is a cruel place – and nobody – if you can’t handle it, someone else will. So if you don’t have a good representative, then you’re in trouble. Once Brian got involved, everybody kind of stepped up. Everybody was kind of wanting to help me then.
“Because of Brian, that I still have my job, I’m still making them money, I’m still making me money, and Brian’s the whole reason for that. I’m sure that if I hadn’t have gotten Brian, they would have kicked me to the curb. That would have been it. I put it in Brian’s hands – he was going to do what needed to be done. He doesn’t quit.”
Initially, after failing to successfully file a worker’s compensation claim on his own, he hired an attorney in New Mexico who referred him to Brian. Brian stepped in and obtained a fantastic settlement for Don after helping Don get the surgery and medical treatment he needed for his neck.
Don O., Fishing Tools Supervisor Injured Rescuing Crew in A Gas Well Blowout