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Oilfield workers know the danger they face in going to 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. There are four main factors to winning your case:
1. Determining If You Have A Case.
The first thing 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 does not have workers compensation, you might be able to file a lawsuit againt your employer as well, which is called a "non-subscriber" case in Texas.
2. Protecting the Value of Your Claim.
The second you are injured, you become a liability to your company. 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 company representatives are going to 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 for you to protect your future and the value of your claim. Find out how to hire the best attorney for your case.
3. Finding out why you were injured - Investigating the cause of the explosion.
Having an independent investigation is crucial to the success of your injury claim. Preserving the evidence is another key factor. These factors seem hard and expensive, but an experienced, board-certified attorney will be able to 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.
Sounds obvious, but making sure your injuries are treated as thoroughly as possible is one of the best things you can do to help win your case. Doing so shows that you are working hard to make sure you’re recovering as best as you can. 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 - 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.
To discuss your case with our attorneys, contact us now at 877.724.7800 or fill out a contact form on our website.
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