The oil field industry has a highly dangerous nature. Because of this, workers are susceptible to different accident injuries. Because the job depends on operating with heavy-duty and industrial-level equipment, accidents that involve personal injury can occur. A lot of catastrophic injuries result from the pressure that hydraulic fracking generates, causing equipment to fail. Some accidents in oil fields lead to fatalities.
A lot of oil field accidents happen due to violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines. Also, they can take place if a company puts profit first before the safety of its worker and fails to enforce safety requirements on the job. If you have sustained injuries in an oil field, you may be eligible for monetary compensation from the party responsible for the accident. You may need a Zehl & Associates attorney to help you bring a claim against the negligent party.
Pursuing the Compensation that You Deserve
Injuries sustained in an oil field accident can be devastating and life-changing. They include loss of limbs, skin inflammation, exposure to poisonous gas and chemicals, broken bones, eye damage, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back damage, serious burns, as well as electrocution.
Workers’ compensation laws are in place to help injured oil field workers get compensated for the harm caused to them. A lot of such laws are complex and have strict requirements you must comply with. A lawyer can guide you as you go through each step of the process. Your employer may have lawyers working for them to protect the company’s interests. So, you also need a lawyer to protect you. A skilled lawyer knows what to do and navigate the compensation process.
Bringing a Third-Party Claim
Depending on your circumstances, you may want to bring an injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries. This can happen when the oil field company you are working for does not carry worker’s comp insurance. Another instance is when a third party was to blame for the oil field accident. In this case, you can sue this party if you have sustained injuries due to defective equipment or machinery or because of a vendor.
Bringing a lawsuit gives many benefits. If you prevail, you can get maximum compensation for the wages and employment benefits you were not able to earn because of your injuries. Also, you can be compensated for pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, and disfigurement.