The nation’s oilfields are not safe for workers. While they offer the promise of a decent living and wages for a hard day of work, they also provide workers with a startling amount of risk. According to one report about oilfield injuries, workers suffer from fatal accidents at a rate which is five times greater than the rest of the nation.
Oilfield accidents change lives. When they occur, they can cause severe burn injuries, burn trauma, toxic exposure, and other injuries which could take months, years, or even a lifetime to heal from. In the most severe instances, these serious oilfield injuries cause the death of workers, leaving their families to struggle with the absence of their loved one. When an oilfield accident happens, it’s important to remember that recovery is possible, even if your employer does not provide adequate workers’ compensation benefits. However, after an accident, workers should follow specific steps to ensure that their recovery is possible.
Three Steps to Take After an Oilfield Accident
Notify Your Employer of the Accident
In some instances, an accident might be evident to an employer. Employers immediately notice Explosions, fires, and other incidents that cause severe injury or death. Employers do not always find out about other injuries that workers sustain in the oilfields. For example, working on an oil rig requires the lifting of heavy objects such as pipes, tools, and other items. If an employer does not provide the equipment workers need to lift heavy objects safely, injury is likely. If you’ve suffered a back, neck, or head injury while working, let your employer know about your issues as soon as possible. Failure to report an injury can be used as a sign of dishonesty by a company after an employer files a claim.
Seek Medical Treatment As Soon As Possible
Suspicion of an injury is enough for an employee to seek the assistance of a medical professional after an accident. Doing this shows that a worker suspected something was wrong immediately after an incident, and it creates an early record of injury. Additionally, seeking immediate medical attention provides workers with the best opportunity to receive the treatment they need before their injuries become more severe.
Importantly, remember that you do not always have to trust the doctor that your company recommends. If you do not want to see your company’s doctor, you have the right to request visitation with a different one. Company doctors may treat your injury with less earnestness to protect the interests of your employer.
Contact an Oilfield Accident Attorney
When you contact an experienced oilfield accident attorney, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with someone who has helped many other workers through the recovery process. An oilfield accident lawyer will be able to listen to the details of your incident and help you decide if recovery is possible through legal action. Employers must keep employees safe by avoiding negligent behavior which allows the use of defective equipment, unsafe working conditions, and other dangerous worksite conditions. Negligent employers must compensate workers for their injuries, and an attorney will help investigate an incident and build a strong case which fights for a fair result.
An attorney can also help oilfield accident survivors find the medical care that they need, speak with insurance companies for clients, and negotiate with employers for a settlement. When a company is resistant toward paying compensation for their mistakes, and experienced lawyer will be prepared to fight for your fair recovery in court.
Arnold & Itkin is prepared to be your advocate after an oilfield accident. Our team has stood up to some of the industry’s largest companies and have won billions for clients. Call us today for a free consultation at (888) 493-1629. Our team is ready to fight for your recovery.