There are few things worse than being harmed while simply doing your job. Unfortunately, oilfield workers often find themselves at risk of sustaining serious, sometimes even fatal injuries as a result of unsafe oilfield conditions. If you or a loved one has sustained an oilfield injury, please continue reading and contact an experienced San Angelo oilfield injury lawyer from The Mathis Law Firm for help.
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Oilfield injuries can be life-changing, but our goal is to help injured oilfield workers pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. If you’re injured, don’t hesitate to turn to a competent San Angelo, Texas work injury lawyer from our legal team for assistance through each step of the claims process ahead.
Causes of Oilfield Injuries
Oilfield injuries can occur for several reasons. Just some of the most common causes and types of oilfield injuries are as follows:
- Collisions between vehicles/trucks on oilfields
- Unsecure oil rigs
- Blowouts and explosions
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Negligent supervisors
- Defective machinery
- Electrical hazards
- Being struck by falling debris
- Vibration injuries
- OSHA violations
- Slippery surfaces, causing slip/trip and falls
- Collapsed platforms or grates
These are just some of the most common causes of oilfield injuries. Ultimately, if you were hurt because of any of the aforementioned circumstances, or due to any other safety hazard, there is a strong chance you’ll qualify for financial compensation.
The state of Texas is one of the only states that doesn’t mandate employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Therefore, those who’ve sustained oilfield injuries will likely have to win a third-party claim to be compensated for their injuries. The primary difference between a third-party claim and a workers’ compensation claim is that to win a third-party claim, you’ll need to prove that the incident was caused by someone else’s negligence, while in a workers’ compensation claim, you only need to prove that you were injured on the job, regardless of fault. Another key difference between these claims, however, is that there is no predetermined cap on damages that an individual may recover in a third-party personal injury claim, whereas there is a cap on recoverable damages in a workers’ compensation claim.
When we file a third-party claim, we will not sue your employer, but instead, we will sue a liable third party, such as an independent contractor, a property owner, or a defective equipment manufacturer, to name a few.
Contact a Texas Oilfield Injury Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that those hurt in oilfield injuries are often entitled to compensation for the damages they’ve sustained. Our legal team is here to help injured oilfield workers pursue that compensation. If you’ve been hurt and need a firm you can depend on, contact The Mathis Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned legal team.