What to Do After an Oilfield Accident Injury
The first thing you need to focus on following an oilfield injury is your health. With the dramatic nature of oilfield accidents, making sure you receive medical attention as soon as possible is the first priority. If possible, take or have someone take pictures and videos of the accident site, any equipment that was involved and the injured parts of your body.
Second, report the injury as soon as you are medically able to your employer. This needs to happen so there is documented record of the injury happening, and the claims process can begin. Even if you are still able to work, stop immediately and contact an attorney.
Do not give any formal statements or sign any documents regarding the accident before speaking to your oilfield injury attorney first. You may be signing away important rights or agreeing to a settlement that pays you much less money than you’re owed.
Recovering Compensation for Oilfield Injuries
Compensation for oilfield injuries is usually recovered through workers’ compensation. This insurance also covers death expenses in the event of a fatal accident.
Oilfield accidents are often the result of negligence or improper conduct, and losing your health or your life due to this dangerously reckless behavior is unacceptable. You may also be able to receive damages from a personal injury lawsuit if the negligence of a third party contributed to your injury. A third-party lawsuit is separate from a workers’ compensation claim, and may entitle you to additional money in TX.
Remember never to agree to any settlement offered by an insurance company before your oilfield injury lawyer investigates the accident for possible defective equipment, employer negligence or other issues. Call our Houston office today at 832-690-7000 for a no-obligation, no-cost consultation with our oilfield accident attorneys.
At Pierce Skrabanek, we find out what was responsible for your injury, we stand up to oil and insurance companies, and we don’t stop until you receive the justice you deserve.
I have never filed a lawsuit, how does this process work?
The first step in this process is to call our law firm for a free case evaluation. We will analyze the facts of the case and the law that applies to your case. If we agree to accept your case, we will send you a contract and a medical authorization. These documents allow us to collect your medical records. We will review your medical records, including operative reports, nurse’s notes, doctor’s notes and laboratory results. We will also bring in medical experts to help evaluate your case if necessary.
Once we have confirmed your injuries, we will file a lawsuit against the Defendant(s). Once we have filed the lawsuit, “discovery” begins. Discovery is an exchange of information between the parties. This document exchange will include accident reports, corporate documents, medical records and other documents. During this process, depositions will be taken. Depositions are oral examinations conducted under oath when both parties are present. Depositions are taken with a court reporter who types up a transcript of the questions the lawyer asks and the witness answers. Sometimes, a videographer will be present to film the examination.
What type of compensation will I receive?
Some of the compensation that we will work to obtain for you includes loss of income, disability, property damage, medical bills, ongoing medical treatment costs and pain and suffering. We understand the financial, emotional and physical stress that an accident can cause; we will fight hard to obtain the maximum recovery for you.
How much is my oilfield accident case worth?
This depends on several factors including the type of injury sustained, past and future lost earnings, future medical treatment, medical expenses and pain and suffering. We will also look into the negligence of the company. The first step to obtaining a potential value on your case is to contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation. We will analyze the facts of your case and the law to assess the best way to approach your case. For more information regarding our experience in oilfield accident injury cases, please visit our case results page.
What are the top 10 states for oilfield and pipeline accidents?
How many oilfield accidents occur in a year?
From 2000-2009, approximately 2,554 significant accidents, 161 fatalities and 576 injuries occurred onshore in the United States. From 2001-2007, approximately 1, 442 incidents occurred offshore. These included 302 injuries, 476 fires, 41 fatalities and 356 pollution events.
In Texas, the largest producer of oil and gas, from 2004 to 2008, the number of fatal work injuries increased by 21%.
What are the five greatest oil spills?
1977- The Hawaiian Patriot spilled 30 million gallons
1979- Ixtoc I spilled 140 million gallons
1989 Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons
2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spilled 210 million gallons
What are the most common injuries that occur in oilfields?
The most common injuries include slip and falls, burns, head injuries and orthopedic injuries including spine and neck injuries.
What are the most common oilfield accidents?
Transporting heavy equipment/machinery, gas leaks, explosions, blowouts, pipeline fire and drilling rig malfunctions.