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.
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.
Protecting your rights after an oilfield injury
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.
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.
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.
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.
We help oilfield workers just like you.
Call 877-724-7800 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.