Oil Field Accidents
Oilfield accidents are often the result of a wide variety of safety violations or other negligent actions, which often entail the use of oilfield equipment, vehicles, pipelines, and storage devices. Workers injured in these types of accidents may have options for compensation that an experienced oil field accident attorney like Cole Sartin can help explain and pursue.
What Types Of Injuries Can Result From An Oil Field Accident?
Workers who are injured in oilfield incidents are often injured far worse than workers in other industries because of the intrinsically hazardous nature of the work environment. Oilfield accidents involving spills of hazardous chemicals, electrocutions, fires, explosions, blowouts, and leaks can result in serious harm to workers. Oil derrick workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. They risk falling from great heights (a derrick may stand hundreds of feet from the ground). Furthermore, workers on the ground may get struck by falling equipment or debris.
A neck injury or chronic back pain as a result of an oil rig accident may leave you unable to work or support your family. Even a non-life threatening oil field injury to the hand or shoulder may keep you off your job forever. More serious injuries such as a head injury or burn injury from an explosion or electrical fire can lead to permanent disability or even death, which may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Common oilfield accidents may include:
- Head injuries, from mild to severe traumatic brain injuries
- Neck or back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Loss of limbs due to amputation or being crushed
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries or electrocution
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
Things You Are Entitled To After An Oil Field Accident:
An oil field worker might sustain a catastrophic injury at any moment while working on or near the job site. A fall could cause broken bones or fractures, leading up to debilitating injuries like spinal cord injury or traumatic brain damage. Victims of oil field injuries need a strong legal advocate to help recover compensation that pay for necessary medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, or other losses. Our practiced attorney will fight hard for the compensation you deserve in your time of need.
In an oil field accident, a party other than the employer might still be held liable for avoidable injuries. Our attorney will examine the circumstances leading up to the accident to find out if any third party claims will be necessary. Workers on oil rigs or derricks must rely on safety equipment that should be regularly maintained and evaluated. Almost any type of flaw or defect in the equipment could lead to a catastrophic injury, or even death, which could easily be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Should You Do If You Are Involved In An Oil Field Accident?
Immediately following your injury, your employer and its insurance adjusters are going to do whatever they can do to prevent you from recovering damages from them in a personal injury lawsuit. One of the main ways they’ll try to do this is by trying to convince you that you have to provide a written or recorded statement about how the accident happened. It is vital to the success of your case that you do not provide any statement without consulting an experienced oil field accident attorney first because it will certainly be used against you to limit your rights and prevent you from recovering compensation for your injuries.
Oil rig workers can be seriously injured in many ways while on the job. If you or a loved one were recently injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Sartin Law Firm, we have experience with many different types of oilfield accident cases. If you are injured on an oil field in Louisiana or Texas, it’s important to find a knowledgeable oil field accident attorney.
At Sartin Law Firm, our experience has won many cases involving a broad range of oil industry accidents. In addition to our extensive legal experience, we also have the resources and skills to handle both large and difficult cases against oil, gas, and other energy companies. Call us today for a free initial consultation for your important legal matters.
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