Have you or a loved one been injured in an oilfield accident? If so, you might wonder how to seek fair compensation. A Dallas oilfield accident lawyer can guide you through the process and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Types and Causes of Oilfield Accident Injuries We Handle
Our personal injury firm has seen many of the following types of accidents and the serious injuries they cause:
- Leaks, fires, and explosions. There are many sources of gas and other flammable chemicals in an oilfield.
- Getting caught or trapped by equipment. With so many kinds of equipment and machinery around, it is all too easy to become stuck or trapped in, beneath, or between them.
- Electrocutions. Some of the chemicals in oilfields conduct electricity, which can increase the risk of electrocutions or electric shocks. In other cases, equipment may touch power lines and cause electric shocks or electrocutions.
The list of potential oilfield hazards may be long, but it does not mean you should accept accidents and injuries as inevitable.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) entitles you to proper workplace protections and requires your employer to maintain a clean, safe working environment. These protections include but are not limited to:
- Properly maintained vehicles and equipment. All machines must be kept in good repair, and potential dangers (e.g., open blades) must be guarded if workers are expected to work near them.
- Personal protective equipment. This includes measures to protect against falls, either from heights or into holes; helmets; respirators; and others, as dictated by your specific line of work.
If you believe your accident was the result of negligence or misconduct by your employer or another employee, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Who Are the Liable Parties in an Oilfield Accident?
As previously noted, oilfield accidents can be caused by several different factors. This means that many potential parties can be responsible in an oilfield accident. They may include:
- Contractors or subcontractors on the site
- Negligent motorists
- Oilfield parts manufacturer
- The owner of the oilfield property
- Your employer
The type of responsible party will affect how your case proceeds. You may need to engage in one of the following to secure compensation:
- A lawsuit
- A workers’ compensation claim (our lawyers do not represent these claims)
- A standard insurance claim
To win your case, you will need to demonstrate negligence, unless your claim is for workers’ compensation. Oil field accidents typically include these kinds of evidence:
- A police report
- Medical records that demonstrate your injuries
- Footage or images of the accident
- Expert testimony
- Eyewitness testimony
The Benefits of Hiring Our Oilfield Accident Lawyers
We can act as your legal guide and representative. Your lawyer can provide you these services:
- Court representation
- Act as your liaison between involved parties
- File a lawsuit or claim on your behalf
- Fight for fair compensation
- Answer any legal questions you may have
- Compile evidence
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Why Choose an Oilfield Accident Lawyer From Loncar Lyon Jenkins?
Our attorneys serve several thousand clients a year throughout Texas. We care about our local communities and are committed to providing them legal support.
If we take on your case, we’ll exhaust every option in pursuit of fair compensation. We’re not afraid of taking an oilfield accident case to court.
Previous clients have appreciated our services. Read more about what they have to say about our firm:
“Tony got me way more than I expected. He and everyone in the office were very polite. I was literally speechless when he presented the settlement amount to me. He is a busy man and responded to my every inquiry in a timely manner. Thank you Tony!” – Naomi S.
“Wonderful excellent stayed in very effective communication with me without having to haunt or chase him down ..kept me updated throughout the process and even helped with a small issue after the process was over ! I definitely recommend :)” – Andrea S.
Our lawyers can take the worry out of your oilfield accident case. With our support, you can focus on what really matters, like supporting your family.
Rules and Regulations Related to Oilfield Accident Claims
The state of Texas has several laws that apply to oilfield accidents. Below is a brief overview of some of these laws and how they may affect you.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the period when an accident victim is allowed to file for damages. In Texas, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. After this date, you are no longer allowed to file a lawsuit. This can leave you without leverage when negotiating for a fair settlement. That is why it is so important to get started on your claim as soon as you can.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages
There are two primary types of damages that you can ask for: economic and non-economic. Each is regulated by its own set of laws.
Economic damages refer to monetary losses caused by the accident. These may include (but are not limited to):
- Lost wages and earning capacity: if your injury has forced you to miss work and/or impacted your ability to work long-term
- Medical expenses: if your injury required a hospital stay, medication, and/or other treatments
- Funeral expenses: any costs related to the burial of the person who passed away because of the accident
- Miscellaneous expenses: any related costs, such as parking at your doctor’s office, childcare costs, the expenses related to modifying a home or vehicle for a disability
Non-economic damages refer to physical and/or emotional pain caused by the accident. These may include but are not limited to:
- Pain and suffering: if your injury has caused you physical and/or emotional pain
- Loss of companionship: a loved one passed away as a result of the accident, depriving their spouse, children, and other family members of their presence
- Disfigurement or physical impairment: the accident resulted in permanent physical disability
Non-economic damages are often harder to calculate than economic damages.
These laws may seem complicated, but our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers can take care of the legal particulars for you. The lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins have years of experience in such matters and are familiar with all the laws regarding oilfield accident claims.
Types of Oilfield Accident Injuries That Could Entitle You to Compensation
Explosions and difficult-to-control fires are common during oilfield accidents. These incidents can lead to severe injuries or death:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
This is not an exhaustive list of possible oilfield accident injuries. Other injuries may occur. That said, if your injuries have dramatically reduced your quality of life, you should seek compensation. A settlement can help you pay for medical bills and support your family.
Contact an Oilfield Accident Lawyer’s Team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins, Today
The aftermath of many accidents and injuries is stressful. You do not have to go it alone. Call in the Strong Arm; let the team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins handle your case and increase your chances of success.
Call the office so we can get started. Our Dallas oilfield accident attorneys from our firm will fight for your rights. We handle cases on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you owe us nothing upfront and pay no attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation. If you do not recover compensation, you do not pay us for our time.