Supplybraid.com – If you or a loved one has been hurt in an oilfield accident, it’s likely that the injuries are serious. It’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer who has experience in the oil and gas industry, preferably from a law firm that has a history of successfully advocating for the rights of injured workers throughout the United States.
Workers in the oil sector are vulnerable to serious harm because of the carelessness of their coworkers and superiors.
The dangers that oil and gas employees face in the United States are well known to us. We’ve helped a lot of people who were seriously hurt on the job and had to deal with the aftermath of that, including missed pay, high medical bills, and a diminished quality of life.
We have the knowledge and skill to help you get compensated for your oilfield accident injuries, with over five decades of trial experience and millions recovered for injury victims. We are familiar with the relevant oilfield safety regulations, common accidents, and personal injury and workers’ compensation legislation. Get the most money possible is our first priority.
Personal Injury Claims in the U.S. Oil Industry
Though we have physical sites for our offices, we are not limited to providing our services in the immediate area. Our practice accepts matters from all around the country, including those in which:
Nearly half of the nation’s oil comes from the Permian Basin in western Texas and southwestern New Mexico. There are a lot of people who rely on the nearby oilfields for their living, and many of those people need a safe place to work where they won’t be negligently hurt.
The Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is a massive oil and natural gas deposit that stretches for 400 miles across a 50-mile broad section of southern Texas. There is a positive ripple effect on the national economy as a result of the availability of these in-demand resources in the region. Accidents in the workplace occur, however, when the pursuit of profit takes precedence above the protection of employees.
State of North Dakota/State of Minnesota:
Although Texas often comes to mind when discussing oil output, the Bakken Shale could hold as much as 7.4 billion barrels of oil that has yet to be discovered. The Bakken Shale is one of the biggest shale plays in the United States because it spans many states and even into Canada. The size and potential wealth of the Bakken Shale call for more attention to safety on the job.
Obviously, these are just a small sample of the many locations across the country that we provide service to. Our nationwide reach allows us to assist you in claiming maximum compensation for your losses, no matter where in the United States they may be.
Accidental Costs to the Oil Industry
If you are hurt on the job in the oil industry, you could be eligible for workers’ comp benefits or a personal injury lawsuit.
Third-Party Injury Claims in the Oil Industry
To file a workers’ compensation claim, you must first determine whether or not you are entitled to receive benefits under the applicable workers’ compensation law. Nonetheless, there are other situations in which you might have legal grounds to initiate a personal injury lawsuit:
This company does not offer workers’ compensation coverage. A claim from someone who is not a subscriber.
Since you work on your own as an oil contractor, you are not eligible for workers’ compensation.
Someone other than your employer is to blame. A third-party liability suit is what this is.
Damages, both monetary and intangible, can be sought in a personal injury lawsuit.
- Money Spent on Healthcare
- Money Lost
- Discomfort and agony
- Mental anguish
- Damaged appearance due to scarring or disfigurement
- Challenges posed by a medical condition or disability
- Decreased potential income
- Diminished quality of life
- Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are available in Texas and New Mexico if you can show that the liable party behaved willfully, maliciously, or recklessly. Punitive damages are not limited in New Mexico, but they are in Texas.
A Texas jury can give you up to $200,000 in economic damages and an additional $750,000 in noneconomic damages.
In the event of a fatal oilfield accident in Texas, a surviving spouse, child, parent, or personal representative may file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation on behalf of the deceased’s dependents.
Survival claims are legal in Texas; they are lawsuits that began during a person’s lifetime but continued after they passed away. It is possible for family members, the deceased person’s estate, or a legal representative to pursue compensation for an existing personal injury claim. Despite the fact that the family has filed a wrongful death suit, this case is independent of that one.
Your family’s personal representative can file a wrongful death claim in New Mexico on behalf of the deceased’s spouse and any minor children. In the absence of a surviving spouse and/or child, the deceased’s parents or siblings are eligible to receive financial compensation.
If your loved one had workers’ compensation insurance, you can also discuss submitting a claim for survivors’ benefits with an oilfield injury attorney. You may be eligible for death benefits in New Mexico and Texas, including reimbursement for final expenditures and lost wages.
Assigning Fault and Oil Industry Employer Negligence
If you or a loved one have been wounded in an oilfield accident, finding those at fault is crucial. There may be cases where knowing who is at blame is not enough to pursue financial restitution. If you are injured on the job and have workers’ compensation coverage, and a coworker or employer is to fault, you will have to settle for workers’ comp benefits as your only recourse. Your employer is immune to negligence claims.
However, if an individual or organization unrelated to your employer is responsible for your injuries, you are free to pursue a third-party tort claim even if your company has workers’ compensation insurance. Legally, you can sue your employer if you suffer a work-related injury and you do not have workers’ compensation.
Limitation of Liability Laws
You have two years from the date of your oilfield accident in Texas to initiate a lawsuit. You have three years if the incident occurred in New Mexico. Statutes of limitations are time limits that start ticking on the day you sustain your injuries.