Working at an oilfield is a dangerous job. There’s no question about it. While you accept a certain level of risk as part of this employment, that doesn’t mean you should be hung out to dry if you suffered a serious physical injury. You may be owed workers’ compensation benefits or additional compensation for the accident. Our experienced attorneys are here to provide guidance.
Here’s what you should do to protect your right to injury benefits:
- Notify your supervisor of an accident/injury immediately
- Make sure your injury is documented with your company’s official reporting methods
- Provide the honest story of what happened and how you were injured
- Get medical attention for your injuries
- Contact our attorneys to find out what your rights and responsibilities are
We can’t overstate the importance of reporting your injury and scheduling a checkup with your doctor. Without these steps completed, you could lose your right to file for work injury benefits, or it could make the process a lot more complicated than it has to be.
If you are an employee, you are likely covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation policy for work-related injuries. If you are an independent contractor, the situation is less clear-cut. Either way, consult our attorneys to find out if you are owed compensation for an oilfield injury.
If a third party and not your employer is responsible for carelessness that directly caused your injury, then you may be able to file a lawsuit. When someone else’s negligence causes an injury, this type of claim can provide a means of recovering compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation benefits. The only way to know if you have this type of case is to call our attorneys for a consultation.
Call Our Attorneys if You were Injured in an Oilfield Accident
If you were injured in an oilfield accident, our experienced attorneys can work to pursue the benefits and compensation you are rightfully owed. Our Austin, TX, law firm is here to provide clear, straightforward and honest answers so you can decide what to do next. For a complimentary case evaluation, please call Shaw Cowart LLP at 512-499-8900.