Oil field accidents are severe and can have a lasting impact on the lives of those involved. These accidents can occur in several ways, but oil rig workers have a higher risk for injury than other workers. When this happens, the victim may require legal help.
You should find an experienced oil field injury lawyer who can help navigate the complex process of getting compensation.
Here is how a lawyer will approach an oil field accident case:
Determine if the accident was preventable
The first step in any oil field accident case is determining if it was preventable or not. If it is not, nothing can be done to help your client get compensation after an accident.
If it was preventable, however, you need to look at how the company could have prevented it from happening and how they handled the incident’s aftermath.
Figure out what happened during the oil field accident
This step involves figuring out exactly what happened during the oil field accident and who was responsible for causing it to happen. You will need to gather as much evidence as possible to build a strong case against whoever caused your client’s injuries. The lawyer will investigate every aspect of what happened during the accident and how it could have been prevented.
To prove negligence by your employer, you must show that they did not take reasonable care for your safety in performing their duties as an employer.
The lawyer will also examine whether any pre-existing conditions could have worsened because of their job duties or whether there was any negligence on behalf of another person working on the same site that caused your accident.
If you suspect you were injured on the job due to negligence by your employer, you must seek legal counsel immediately after being injured.
Discuss your medical condition
An attorney will talk with you about your medical condition, including any past medical conditions that could affect the current one. He will also ask about any medications or treatments that may have been prescribed by doctors or other health care professionals. The attorney will also want to know if any related injuries or problems could affect your claim based on what happened in the accident.
Talk to witnesses
An attorney will talk with witnesses who saw what happened before, during, or after the accident. He may also consult experts who can explain complex issues related to oil field accidents, such as safety standards or equipment design defects. These experts may have reports they prepared while working on similar cases throughout and across the country.
Review the contract that you signed when you started work
This contract may include important information about how to resolve any issues related to your injury claim. It may also limit what type of compensation you’re entitled to receive or whether you can file a lawsuit.
Look at any applicable laws in your state
Some states apply specific laws only to workers’ compensation claims or other insurance policies provided by employers or third-party insurers (like workers’ comp). These laws might define what kind of compensation must be paid out for different injuries; for example, some states require insurance companies to pay for lost wages and medical bills related to injuries sustained on the job.
No matter what type of case you may have, a qualified lawyer can help. Ultimately, everyone wins when you properly file and handle your claim because it will result in more money compensation in the long run.