When an oil and gas worker is injured, the severity of the injury is generally much greater than that of any other industry. From 2012 to 2016 the U.S. oil and gas industry had a collective fatality rate that was 7 times higher than that of all other U.S. workers combined. Oilfield injury litigation is complex and requires specialized knowledge about the industry, equipment, personnel and company roles, etc.
There are often numerous parties involved in an oilfield injury. For example, the other employees/crew, the company, the equipment manufacturer, etc.
- Back and spinal injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd-degree burns
- Loss of hearing and vision
- Wrongful death
It is important to remember your rights and to keep your best interest in mind, as it is highly likely that your company will be keeping their best interests first, ahead of yours. It is important that you do not sign any paperwork without consulting an attorney, as there have been numerous cases in which unscrupulous employers try to have injured employees sign paperwork to get the company off the hook. Make sure you are not being taken advantage of by consulting an attorney.
Steps to take:
- Stop working immediately and report your injury
- Seek and ask for immediate medical attention and treatment
- Speak to an attorney before signing any paperwork or giving a statement or accepting a settlement
For further information regarding an oilfield injury and for a free case evaluation, please contact the Todd Law Firm at 512-472-7799.