Wyoming Oilfield Injury Lawyer
The oil and gas extraction industry is one of the most dangerous in the country.
According to government statistics, workers are up to seven times more likely to die on that job than other workers. The rate of serious injuries is also very high.
If you have been injured in an accident, you need an oil field injury lawyer to represent your interests, not the interests of the giant oil company.
At Platte River Law, we have helped many injured workers obtain the compensation they need to cover their expenses and provide for their families.
Fires and Explosions
A worker can easily suffer injury when flammable vapors or gas escape wells or tanks. When the vapor or gas makes contact with hot surfaces or open flames, then they can explode, causing devastating burn injuries to workers.
An employer should minimize the risks by performing an adequate safety assessment and following approved safety guidelines. However, many job sites are lax when it comes to fire prevention, and workers suffer life-changing injuries as a result.
Many accidents occur during transportation of oil and gas. Workers who drive from one job to another or who transport fuel to a refinery end up suffering serious injuries when they collide with another vehicle. Often, they are driving on rural roads which might not be in the best condition and suffer a rollover as a result.
Many oil companies contribute to this problem by requiring their workers to drive for long hours, without concern for driver fatigue. Companies are ultimately responsible for making sure their employees are protected, and an oil field injury lawyer can help you identify whether you have a valid claim after a transportation accident.
Collision with Heavy Equipment
An oilfield is full of heavy equipment, such as cranes, hoists, derricks, pressure lines, and motor vehicles. Many oil field workers are injured when they are struck, caught between, or hit by one of these heavy objects. As a result, they can suffer concussions, fractures, crush injuries, amputation, and even death.
Only properly-trained employees should operate heavy equipment, and all oilfield workers should receive training on how to handle equipment safely. Unfortunately, any experienced oil field injury attorney can tell you that training is often inadequate or missing altogether.
Many oil and gas workers need to work high up off the ground, which definitely increases the risks that a worker could fall off a platform or other elevated equipment. When they land, they can suffer devastating, life-altering injuries. Federal regulations provide strict guidelines that employers must follow to minimize falls, but fall fatalities continue to occur.
Oil Field Injuries and Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation insurance covers necessary medical care and disability benefits to those workers who are temporarily or permanently unable to work because of an injury. Workers’ comp benefits are “no fault,” meaning it does not matter whether the worker is to blame for the accident. So long as the injury occurred while on the job, then the employee is covered.
One negative of workers’ comp system is that the law shields your employer from a lawsuit, even when their own safety lapse is to blame. This might sound unfair, but it is the system that Wyoming has adopted.
Workers’ comp benefits also are inadequate. They might not cover all medical treatment that you find beneficial, and the disability benefit only covers a portion of your lost wages. Many people see a sharp drop in their standard of living after a workplace injury and can struggle to make ends meet.
The first step after an oilfield injury is to determine liability. in other words, who is responsible for the accident that injured you. Typically, an oil field injury lawyer relies on the following evidence:
- Our client’s memory of what happened
- Any accident report filed on the jobsite
- The testimony of anyone who witnessed the accident
Once we identify who is to blame, we assess whether a third-party lawsuit will help recover additional compensation. Although we cannot sue our client’s employer, there are often other parties that we can sue, such as:
- The manufacturer of any defective equipment that contributed to the accident
- The leaseholder of the land where our client was working
- Any other contractors on the jobsite who contributed to the accident
By filing a lawsuit, your oil field injury lawyer can often obtain full compensation for your losses, which is not possible if you rely only on workers’ compensation alone.
Wrongful Death Cases
The sad fact is that some oilfield accidents end up killing a worker, leaving behind family members wracked with grief. If you have lost a spouse, child, or parent, you might be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. This money can help you cover expenses and prepare for the future.
Our clients have received compensation for many economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- The wages your loved one could have earned had he not been killed in the accident
- Medical bills to treat your loved one’s final illness
- Funeral expenses
- The loss of love, companionship, and care
- Your pain and suffering for losing a spouse, child, or parent
These are complicated lawsuits, and oil companies fight them aggressively. Although no amount of money can ever replace a loved one, it is important that you begin planning financially for your future. It is also important to hold defendants responsible when their mistakes cause someone’s death. Meet with a qualified oil field injury attorney for help assessing your case.
Contact Platte River Law Today
Over the past several years, the oil and gas industries have been booming, and there is no reason to suspect that they will slow any time soon. Though the industry provides good-paying jobs, many people are seriously injured while in these jobs, and they need help.
If you have a legal question, contact Platte River Law as soon as possible. One of our experienced oil field injury attorneys will be happy to meet with you to go over your accident and how you were injured. We can discuss your chances of bringing a third-party lawsuit, as well as what evidence you will need to be successful.
Contact us today by calling 307-215-9724 or sending us an online message. We serve Casper and the surrounding areas.