Representing Oil Workers Injured In Oklahoma
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA), more than 450,000 workers were employed in the gas industry in 2011. There are many job opportunities in the field at every level of the extraction process. Generally, the pay is good, and it is not uncommon for those at higher positions to make six-figure salaries. However, the work, especially in lower level positions, requires hours of difficult physical labor and long stays in desolate settings. It also involves heavy machinery, toxic chemicals and hazardous environments. OSHA reports that oil extraction workers face a fatality rate seven times greater than the rate for other industries. Injuries are also prominent, and a significant number of workers each year suffer debilitating damages that adversely affect them for the long term, sometimes even permanently.
Every worker, including those in the oil industry, has the right to a safe working environment. OSHA regulations exist to protect the well-being of employees by upholding companies to certain safety standards. Unfortunately, some companies choose to violate these standards, usually for the sake of profit, jeopardizing their employees’ health in the process. If you have suffered injuries as an oil worker due to your employer’s negligence, exercise your right to pursue compensation and get in touch with the experienced Oklahoma oil field accident legal team at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City today. Call us at 800-539-0652 to learn more about your rights and options in a free consultation.
We are fully prepared and well-qualified to advocate on behalf of Oklahomans injured or killed in oil rig accidents or accidents related to the drilling industry. We are interested in evaluating your case if you suffered injury or loss of a family member as a result of contact with a defective gas pipeline or unsafe work conditions.
What Are The Common Types Of Serious Oil Field Injuries?
Oil field workers, or “roughnecks,” are for the most part mindful of the dangers inherent in their profession. Looking out not only for themselves, but also for their fellow employees, they carry out their duties cautiously, according to what their training taught them. Of course, there are occasional cases of employee negligence and/or recklessness leading to serious injury incidents, but more often than not, other parties, usually the employer, are at fault. Whatever the case, when something goes wrong, a worker may suffer one or more of the following common serious injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal organ damage
- Compound fractures
- Chemical burns
- Crushed limbs
- Loss of hearing and sight
Injuries, such as the ones above, incur exorbitant medical costs, and often require extensive rehabilitation and therapy sessions. Many of them are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fully recover from. Victims may not be able to resume their normal job duties or even perform essential daily tasks. In the most tragic cases, independent functionality is lost due to the severity of the injury.
Who Can Be Held Liable For My Oil Field Injury?
An experienced attorney should be able to conduct a detailed investigation of the circumstances surrounding your oil field accident to identify the liable party or parties. There may be one party solely responsible for the incident, or there may be many that hold varying degrees of responsibility. Some possible scenarios may be:
- Your injury was caused by a fellow employee. In this case, you may pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
- Your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance. In this case, you may pursue a civil suit against your employer. Speak with an attorney to go over your options.
- Your injury was caused by a piece of equipment that fell off a transportation vehicle. You could pursue workers’ compensation benefits in addition to damages from the delivery company.
- Your injury was caused by a defective machine, tool or other piece of equipment. You may pursue a product liability lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer.
It’s best to discuss the details of your case with an attorney to find out what your options may be.
Protecting The Rights Of Workers In Oklahoma
If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in an oil field accident, the OKC work injury lawyers at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst may be able to help. After an initial consultation, we can begin an immediate investigation into the circumstances that led to the accident and will work hard to help you receive the compensation you deserve. This can help offset the costs of medical bills, physical rehabilitation regimens, lost wages, loss of function and other accident-related injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call 800-539-0652 today.