DALLAS TEXAS OILFIELD, OILRIG & REFINERY ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS/ LAWYERS
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 125 workers were killed on oil rigs in 2006 alone, representing a 70% increase in deaths from 2002. If you have been injured in an oilfield, oilrig or refinery accident, do not assume workers compensation is the only source of compensation. There may be other businesses and companies that can be responsible for your personal injuries.
Many oilfield, oilrig, and refinery employers in Texas do not carry workers compensation. They are known as “non-subscribers” to the Texas Workers Compensation Act. If your employer does not have workers compensation, you have a right to seek compensation for your personal injuries.
Many times, a “non-subscriber” employer will have an occupational injury benefit plan that may pay for medical bills or part of your wages. This is not the only compensation you are entitled to. If you are unsure if your employer has workers compensation, please contact our law firm at (214) 800-3454. You can also call (800) 252-7031 to see if your employer has workers compensation.
People that are exposed to oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accidents include workers involved in the site preparation, jack ups, platforms, fracking, drilling, workover, and during the transportation stages of petroleum production
Oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accidents can occur because of the following:
- Falls from scaffolding and catwalks
- Crane and forklift accidents
- OSHA violations
- Electrocutions & Burns
- broken tools,
- falling equipment,
- falls from platforms, electrocutions,
- derrick collapses,
- valve failures,
- broken coupling and joints,
- equipment failure,
- lack of communications between operators,
- inadequate safeguards,
- inadequate employee training,
- rushed work environments,
- improper rigging, and
- operation of rig equipment by tired or intoxicated employees.
Entities that can be responsible for oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accidents include: employers, general contractors, subcontractors, workers, property owners, and tool and equipment manufacturers.
To get most value from your oilfield, oilrig, and refinery claim, we recommend you the do the following:
- Immediately report the accident to your employer and OSHA (972) 850-4145;
- Get the names, addresses, and phone number of all witnesses to the work, on-the-job or construction accident;
- Take pictures of the accident scene, equipment and your injuries;
- If injured, do not delay getting medical treatment and follow doctors orders;
- Document your pain, swelling, and other injuries that cannot be seen;
- Do not give a recorded statement before talking to a oilfield accident attorney;
- Do not sign a medical records authorization or any paper before talking to an oilrig accident attorney; and;
- Do not accept a settlement before talking to an oilfield & refinery accident attorney.
Hiring a Dallas, Texas oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident attorney quickly after your could be beneficial to your case. One, hiring an oilfield, oilrig, and refinery claim accident attorney will relieve your stress in addressing your injuries and dealing with employers, construction companies, and insurance companies. Two, the work, oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident attorney will examine your case and gather necessary evidence, such as witnesses, medical records, and photographs. Three, the oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident attorney can protect your best interest by advising you and communicating with the employers and insurance companies on your behalf. Four, an oilfield, oilrig, and refinery claim accident attorney will get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you are injured in a, oilfield, oilrig, and refinery claim you may be entitled to compensation for the following: medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment.
The oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident attorneys at the Kipness Law Firm represent individuals and families that have sustained the following types of personal injuries in an oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accidents.
- Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) or Concussion or Head Injury
- Spinal Cord injury (SCI)
- Paralysis and Speech Loss
- Quadriplegia and Paraplegia
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Amputations and Loss of Limbs
- Seizures, Numbness and Loss of Consciousness
- Burns and Electrocutions
- Back injury (herniated disc or vertebrae fracture)
- Knee injury (torn meniscus or patella fracture)
- Shoulder injury (rotator cuff)
- Ankle injury
- Broken bones
- Eye Injury, Vision Loss, or Blindness
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other emotional injuries
If a loved one or relative dies because of a oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident compensation may be given for: funeral expenses, medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of emotional support and companionship provided by spouse or parent; and loss of household duties provided by spouse or parent.
Our firm is based in Dallas, Texas and handles oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident cases throughout the State of Texas. If you have personal injuries or lost a family member due to wrongful death in an oilfield, oilrig, and refinery accident, please call Dallas Oilfield Accident Attorneys and Lawyers at The Kipness Law Firm. Call 214-800-3454.