What to Do if You’re Injured on the Job—What Wyoming Oilfield Workers Need to Know
Oil fields are some of the most dangerous job sites in Wyoming. In an instant, workers can suffer terrible injuries in an oil field accident.
These injuries can range from broken bones and burn injuries to life-altering brain injuries or spinal cord damage.
If you have been hurt in an oil field accident, the steps you take can prove critical to receiving compensation. At Platte River Law, we recommend that injured oilfield workers do the following.
Get Medical Attention
An oil field accident might cause catastrophic injuries, so receiving immediate attention is often the difference between life and death. If you need an ambulance, ask a coworker to call one for you. Unless the incident is very minor, get to the hospital immediately.
Notify Your Employer of the Accident
Your boss probably already knows about an explosion or other oil field accident, but you should still report the accident and your injuries to him. Do so as soon as possible.
You want to protect other people on the oilfield, so let your employer know if equipment is faulty or defective. Proper notification is also necessary to comply with Wyoming’s workers’ compensation laws.
File a Written Report
An oral notification probably is not enough. Instead, you will need to file a Wyoming Report of Injury in which you explain what happened during the oil field accident. You can also file this report online by visiting the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services website.
Remember that the deadline is usually very short for filing this report. After receiving immediate medical treatment, make filing the report a top priority.
Collect Evidence for Your Case
Any workplace accident claim relies on evidence, and this is true of oilfield injuries as well. Your job is not to do a thorough investigation—your attorney can handle that.
Instead, collect the following if they are near at hand:
- Keep all medical bills, including receipts for prescription drugs or assistive devices like crutches
- Hold onto copies of all medical records and test results, if you are given copies
- Identify witnesses to the accident and write down their names and contact information
- Take pictures of your injuries soon after receiving medical treatment
- Save the clothes you were wearing during the oil field accident
- Write down your memories of what happened, being as detailed as possible
With his information, your lawyer can determine whether you have a valid legal claim against someone for the injuries you have suffered.
If you do, your attorney can discuss the next steps, such as preparing a lawsuit or reaching out to start the legal claims process. The timeline for filing a claim is often compressed, so don’t delay meeting with a lawyer.
Contact Us Today
Oil field accidents leave countless workers badly hurt and with no way to work to pay their bills.
Please reach out to Platte River Law at your earliest convenience. We are experienced attorneys who know how to pursue the maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
Call or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.