You want an experienced oilfield lawyer because these cases can get complicated. Depending on your situation, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or a personal injury claim.
You do not need to leave any money on the table at the conclusion of your case. A lawyer from our firm can help you get the money you need.
How an Experienced Oilfield Lawyer Could Help You
Your oilfield accident lawyer’s goal is to recover compensation for your losses. They advocate for you–not multi-billion-dollar oil companies. They can help you by:
Determining the Cause of Your Accident
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the leading causes of accidents on oilfields include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Struck by objects
- Caught in–between objects
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
We can determine the cause of your injuries by reading the accident report, talking to witnesses, and reviewing your medical records.
Evaluating Your Legal Options
As noted earlier, you could be eligible to file for workers’ compensation benefits or a personal injury claim. You could qualify for workers’ compensation if:
- You were injured as an employee on an oilfield
- You were performing your job’s duties when you were hurt
- You were not intoxicated at the time of your accident
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) says that not all employees qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Alternatively, if another party’s negligence led to your injuries, you could file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Here, your lawyer would need to prove that because another party breached their duty of care, you were injured.
Calculating Your Losses
A lawyer from our team can determine the value of your injury-related losses by using your medical records, wage statements, and other documents. You could be eligible to recover the following losses:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical-related expenses
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
If you lost a loved one to an oilfield accident, you could recoup the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of income and household benefits
Based on your situation, you could recover other types of damages.
Handling All Necessary Communications
While you recover from your accident, you should not have to play phone tag with the involved parties or juggle conversations. Our team can field all emails, messages, and phone calls from:
- The negligent party
- The other side’s legal team
- Your employer
- The insurance representatives
- Witnesses and field consultants
Explaining the Statute of Limitations
If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, you have 30 days to notify your employer and a year to file your paperwork, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
If you are filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you generally have two years to file your case, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. Your lawyer can help you understand how long you have to file your case and pursue compensation accordingly.
Working on a Contingency-Fee Basis
An experienced oilfield accident lawyer will be confident in their ability to represent you. So, they will finance the entirety of your case until it is over. Additionally, you only pay for their help if they resolve your case. If they do not, you do not pay their attorney’s fees.
By offering our help on a contingency-fee basis, you can put your emotional energy toward healing – not worrying about your finances.
What You Can Do After Getting Injured in an Oilfield Accident
After getting injured in an oilfield accident, the following measures could help you recover compensation:
Get Medical Attention
You should visit a doctor after getting injured on an oilfield. They can diagnose your condition and render the necessary treatment. Moreover, they can provide you with documentation that proves the cause of your injuries.
Keep Track of Your Losses
You should keep your medical bills, pay stubs, and other documents related to your losses in a safe place. While your lawyer can get these items for you, having them readily available could help the claims process go smoother.
Document Your Daily Pain Levels
In a journal or word document, you should keep accounts of your daily pain levels. Additionally, you should jot down information about your emotional state, as this could be used to determine the value of your pain and suffering.
Avoid Social Media During Your Case’s Progression
You do not want to do anything to jeopardize your claim, like posting about it to social media. During your case’s development, refrain from sharing posts, statuses, and pictures. You do not want to give the claims adjuster any reason to deny or devalue your claim.
Call in the Strong Arm of Loncar Lyon Jenkins
Our team has been representing people since 1988. We have eight office locations throughout Texas for your convenience. If you still have questions about working with an oilfield accident lawyer, call our law firm today at (877) 239-4878.