Oilfield accidents happen when safety isn’t a priority. If you or a family member suffered injuries in an oilfield accident, legal help is available. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our oilfield accident lawyers in Garland will advocate for your legal rights.
When you contact our office, you will receive a free, no-obligation consultation with a team member. During this call, we can discuss your legal options and how we can recover compensation for you.
What Our Oilfield Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
We know the types of hardships people experience after getting hurt. Our goal is to make the legal process for all of our clients go as smoothly as possible.
With that, we can:
Take Your Case on Contingency
We will not charge you a dime unless you receive your compensatory award. If we cannot win your case, then we walk away and don’t get paid our attorney’s fees.
Collect Evidence to Prove Fault
Evidence is the backbone of your case, as it demonstrates what happened on the oilfield and how it has affected your life. Some types of evidence include:
- Photos or videos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
- Eyewitness accounts
- Medical records
- The official incident report
Once we have gathered evidence, we can use it to demonstrate how the other party was negligent using the following four elements:
- Duty of care: The other party was supposed to keep you safe on the oilfield.
- Breach of duty: The other party violated this obligation.
- Causation: Their negligence or carelessness led to an accident.
- Damages: Your injuries from the accident have resulted in high medical bills and other related losses.
In order for you to have a valid case, you must be able to prove each of these components. If you cannot, then your employer, the site’s owner, a third party, or whoever the at-fault party is will not be held responsible for your losses.
Abide By Texas’s Statute of Limitations
It is possible that you were at work when the oilfield accident happened. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) affirms that Texas employers do not have to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you find yourself in this situation, filing a claim or lawsuit might be a good route for you.
You do not have unlimited time to file a lawsuit, however. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you generally have two years to file a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit. Failure to abide by this time limit could forfeit your right to compensation.
If you notify us early enough, a Garland lawyer on our team can make sure your oilfield accident lawsuit is filed on time.
Handle Communications with All Involved Parties
Suppose you have the option to file an insurance claim against the at-fault party. The insurance representatives might try to reach out to you to get your side of the story. They want to talk to you to see if they can find any loopholes or use your own words against you.
After learning about your case, the insurance company might contest that:
- Your injuries aren’t that serious.
- The accident was your fault.
- You made your injuries worse.
Should they contact you, inform your lawyer right away. From there, they can take over all communications with the other party. Once the insurance company learns that you have a lawyer, they are not permitted to contact you.
Negotiate for a Fair Settlement on Your Behalf
Once you have gathered all the necessary paperwork, your lawyer will present your case to the other party’s representatives and start the negotiation process. At first, they might offer you a settlement that isn’t enough to cover all of your accident-related expenses. In that case, your lawyer will fight back and request a higher amount.
If neither side can come to an agreement, your lawyer will advocate for your rights at trial.
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The Forms of Compensation You Can Collect for an Oilfield Accident
How much compensation you can collect varies on a case-by-case basis, as it depends on:
- The significance of your medical care costs
- How painful your injuries are
- How the accident has affected your life
Before you start assessing your injuries and losses, know that you can pursue two forms of damages: economic and non-economic.
Examples of Economic Damages
We can use your medical bills, employment records, and other documentation to prove that you suffered financial losses as a result of the oilfield accident.
In addition to your medical care, other economic damages you can seek include:
- Lost income
- Future lost earning capacity
- Household expenses, like childcare costs and in-home nursing
Our lawyers also serve family members who have lost their loved ones in accidents. If your family member died in an oilfield accident, you can claim damages for their funeral arrangements, burial service, and final medical bills.
Types of Compensable Non-Economic Damages
Some non-economic damages are difficult to quantify, as they do not hold fixed monetary values. Still, your lawyer can review your economic damages and use various formulas to put a fair price on your non-economic damages, which can include:
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disability
- Pain and suffering
Let the Garland Oilfield Accident Lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins Defend Your Rights
Whether you have to file an insurance claim or lawsuit following your accident, the process can be confusing and time-consuming, especially if you’re trying to navigate your new life.
To take this burden off your shoulders, call in the Strong Arm today. Our number is (877) 239-4878.