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What are the Options for an Injured Oil Field Victim?

October 18, 2023
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Accidents happen in every workplace. Unfortunately, when you’re an oil field worker, accidents frequently lead to disaster. The oil and gas industry is extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injuries when something goes wrong. Some injuries heal, and workers can return to the work site, but others have life-long consequences. 

If you’re an oil field injury victim who is now permanently disabled, you have options. Contact an oil field accident attorney today to seek compensation for your injuries. 

Potential Options for Oil Field Injury Victims Who Are Permanently Disabled

When an oil field accident leaves you injured, you can pursue compensation through several avenues. The ideal option for you will depend on your employer and circumstances, including the following: 

  • The nature of your injuries 
  • Your present ability to work
  • Who is liable for the accident 

An oil field accident law firm will help you determine what action to take. 

Workers’ Compensation 

The first course of action when suffering an injury at work is typically filing a claim for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault program that will compensate you for an injury regardless of liability. 

Workers’ compensation covers a portion of lost wages, medical bills, and other economic damages for employees who suffer injuries at work.  Workers’ compensation may or may not account for lost wages and generally does not assist with non-economic losses.

Personal Injury Claim

When workers’ compensation will not be enough to cover your losses, in some instances, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim with the help of an oil field accident attorney. Certain states, like Texas, do not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Personal injury claims are more likely to compensate you for non-economic damages as well as economic damages. Economic damages include all calculable losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and, in some cases, funeral costs. 

Non-economic damages account for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible losses. Damages will vary between accident cases, but an attorney will help determine your case’s value.

How to Determine Liability for Oil Field Injuries

A major factor in deciding how you should pursue compensation is determining liability. Several parties may be liable for your injury, including the following: 

  • Equipment manufacturers or providers 
  • Contractors
  • Transportation companies
  • Rig maintenance companies 

To prove liability, you need evidence that the party was negligent. This involves proving the following conditions:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care
  • They breached that duty of care
  • That breach directly caused your accident
  • Your accident caused your injury or disability

Are You Permanently Disabled from an Oil Field Accident? Contact Experienced Oil Field Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love is permanently disabled from an oil field accident, you have options. Contact an oil field accident attorney at Fadduol Cluff Hardy & Conaway P.C. to file a claim. Start by calling 800-433-2408 for a case review.