Dedicated Texas oil workers know how dangerous their jobs can be. They bravely accept the hazards in order to feed their families. But when accidents happen, the injuries they cause can be debilitating. These injuries can permanently alter a person’s quality of life and threaten their financial well-being and that of their loved ones. If you’ve been hurt in an oilfield accident that was caused by negligence, you may be able to get compensation to help you with medical bills and other expenses. Our experienced Odessa oilfield injury lawyer can help you understand what options you have.
Reach out to Hanna Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation by calling 432-606-2378.
When you’ve been injured on the oilfield and need money to pay doctor bills and other costs that are mounting up, you’ll be pitted against one of the country’s most powerful and wealthy industries. Without the aid of a skilled attorney who understands how to take on negligent oil companies, you’ll face an uphill battle in getting fair compensation. Oil companies have teams of lawyers and insurance adjusters who are focused on looking out for their financial interests. At Hanna Law Firm, we focus on looking out for the interests of injured oil workers. We understand what a difficult time you are going through and will work aggressively toward getting you justice.
Contact our firm to arrange a free consultation with a knowledgeable Odessa oilfield attorney. We can be reached at 432-606-2378. For the convenience of West Texas clients, we work from four offices in Odessa, Abilene, Midland and Sweetwater. Don’t delay in reaching out to us—call us today to get started on a potential path to compensation.
Oilfield injury lawsuits are very complicated. Your employer or other at-fault party will most likely not readily admit that they are responsible for your accident. They may try and confuse the case by blaming you for causing your own accident or, at the least, implying that you share responsibility. Putting you on the defensive is just one of the strategies that may be used against you. There may be others.
When you work with us we will:
We’ll be your staunch legal advocate so you can focus on recovery. Call us at 432-606-2378 to schedule a free consultation.
How much you might get depends on how badly you were hurt and the degree of negligence involved. You may be able to get current and future damages for:
If the at-fault party’s actions were especially bad, you may also be able get punitive damages (also called exemplary damages). These damages are meant to punish guilty parties and discourage future similar behavior. Once we review the details of your accident and injuries, we’ll counsel you about damages to claim and a possible value range for your lawsuit.
How soon cases resolve and injured oilfield workers get money in their pockets varies. If we are able to negotiate a settlement that fairly covers all of your damages, you could get the money in as soon as just a few months. Most injury claims are settled through negotiations.
But if your employer or other party that caused your injuries denies they are responsible, or if their insurance company only provides a low-ball offer, we may have to take your case to trial. How long it takes to get to trial depends on issues such as how much evidence is involved, how many parties are involved, and the complexity of the case. The trial process from beginning to end can take a year or more. At Hanna Law Firm, our Odessa oilfield accident lawyers always prepare as if we are going to court. This in-depth preparation makes us ready for any event. It also puts at-fault parties, their insurers and their lawyers on notice that we believe we have powerful evidence and a strong case and will go all the way if needed. This preparation can encourage insurers to provide a reasonable offer instead of spending time and more money at trial.
We work on contingency, so you pay us only if we win your case. When we accept cases, we fully expect to win them, but we know there are never any absolute guarantees. Should we not get you compensation, you don’t owe us anything. Once we get you money through an insurance settlement or jury award, we take a previously discussed percentage. Additionally, we provide free consultations, so there is no cost to you to find out whether you have a solid case.
It can be difficult at first to determine who is legally responsible for an accident. We’ll investigate questions like these:
Oilfields have many moving parts and many people working at them. There are numerous ways accidents can happen and cause injuries. Oil corporations, contractor companies, suppliers, trucking companies and manufacturers of malfunctioning equipment are some of the parties that may be liable. Sometimes more than one party can be held accountable. When you hire our firm, we’ll investigate all the unique circumstances of your case to determine liability and hold at-fault parties responsible.
If your employer carries workers’ compensation, you can file a claim for your on-the-job injury. You cannot sue your employer if they carry workers’ comp. But workers’ comp only pays medical bills and about two-thirds of weekly wages. It doesn’t provide for pain and suffering and other damages. You are more likely to receive what your claim is worth if you file a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on your situation, such as if a contractor or other third party was involved in causing your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that party in addition to getting workers’ comp.
Workers’ compensation is not offered by every employer in Texas. If your employer doesn’t provide it, you can sue them directly, as well as any third parties who may have contributed to your injuries. Sometimes companies are not upfront about whether they carry workers’ comp because they don’t want to be sued by employees. If you are unsure about your company, you can check here whether they do or don’t carry it. Or if you work with our firm, your Odessa oilfield injury lawyer can investigate for you.
If your family member died as a result of negligence in an oilfield accident, you may be able to file a claim under the Texas wrongful death statute. Only certain relatives are eligible to file under the wrongful death statute, such as a spouse, child, or parent, including adoptive children and parents. In addition to compensation for funeral and burial expenses and lost wages, you may be able to claim damages such as emotional pain and suffering, lost love and companionship, lost care and support and possibly punitive, or exemplary, damages.
There are numerous ways inattention to safety at oilfields can cause accidents. One of the most common causes of serious injuries at oilfields are equipment failures when equipment isn’t properly maintained, including pressure release systems. When these systems don’t work or proper pressure release steps aren’t followed, blowouts and explosions can happen. Other common accidents at oilfields include falls from platforms and other falls from heights, oilfield truck and other motor vehicle accidents, getting crushed and caught in between heavy machinery and equipment, and burns, lung damage and other injuries from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Oilfield injuries range from minor to deadly and may include anything from scratches to burns to death. Some of the most common serious injuries oilfield accidents lead to include:
When you’ve been seriously hurt on the job, you can’t depend on your employer or their insurer to look out for your financial interests. Their bottom lines are more important than your injuries. Turn to our Odessa oilfield accident lawyers when you need help.
Serious injuries require expensive and, in some cases, long-term medical treatment. They can take away your ability to work. If you believe your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our law firm. Your consultation will be free. Once we learn about your case, we will explain your options.
When you work with us, you can trust that we have your best interests in mind. We have successfully helped many clients who have suffered debilitating injuries to get the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one was harmed in an oilfield accident, don’t wait to call 432-606-2378 today to arrange to speak with an experienced oilfield accident attorney.