If you have been injured working in the oilfield, we can help.
Working in the oilfield is a dirty and dangerous job. Although companies spend a lot of money training their employees, accidents still happen. The people closest to the rig often get hurt the worst, and roughnecks, floormen, and drillers have some of the highest injury rates in the industry. When oilfield workers get hurt, you become a liability to your company. You may find yourself with an oilfield injury claim your company fights tooth and nail to make it go away.
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.
Why your injury makes you a liability to your company
As soon as a worker is injured, employers and their insurance companies go to work to defend themselves from the potential work injury claim. While you are still in the hospital, receiving treatment, or recovering at home, it is likely that your employer is working with its own attorneys, taking statements, and gathering evidence that could defeat your injury claim.
Oilfield workers usually work for huge national or international employers, and these companies know exactly how to protect themselves after someone gets hurt. Before you trust that your employer will “take care of you,” you need to get informed.
If you haven’t yet talked with an attorney, you could be giving up important protections and making it more difficult to get the compensation you need. As soon as you got hurt, you became a liability to your employer. Their goal is to minimize or eliminate your injury claim, not compensate you fairly for your injuries.
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 a “non-subscriber” claim may be filed against their employer.
If a person or company other than your employer caused your injury, you may have a valuable third-party claim. This might include 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 if 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 to talk about your concerns. VB Attorneys has handled hundreds of cases from injured workers across the state of Texas, including those working for oil & gas companies in the oilfield.
How to protect your rights after being injured in an oilfield explosion
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 against 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.
Hiring an attorney after an oilfield injury
To get the compensation you deserve and hold the negligent parties accountable, you need to have the right people fighting for you. The best attorney for your work 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 legal rights, and decide what your next steps should be.