Were you or a loved one seriously injured while working in an oilfield? Read these 5 oilfield accident tips, then call our Texas lawyers today.
1. After an Oilfield Accident
I had an individual that came in the other day who was involved in a horrible oilfield accident. One of the questions he asked was what he should do. The first thing is to contact your employer to let them know that you had the injury. It’s also important to notify the person in charge of the job site that you were involved in this accident. If you do not report it, it’s as if the accident never happened.
Another important thing is that you seek immediate medical attention. You need to make sure that you go to a hospital so you can get properly treated. It’s also important to seek additional medical help by going to your private doctor, because the hospital typically is only going to look at life and death situations. They’re not going to examine your body completely to make sure that you are okay.
The last thing of importance is that you hire a lawyer who is experienced in oilfield accidents because they’re going to be aware of the regulations that are going to apply. If there’s any investigation that needs to be done, they can do the investigation before evidence starts to vanish. If you have any questions, we are here to help.
2. Choosing an Oilfield Accident Attorney
The other day a woman came in looking to see if we could help her with an injury her husband suffered in the oilfield. There are four things that you should look for when choosing an attorney to handle this type of claim. First, is the lawyer that you’re talking to a personal injury trial lawyer? Personal injury should be the only thing they practice. They don’t do divorces, adoptions or wills. Here at Garcia & Ochoa, we only handle personal injury. The next thing you’ll need to know is whether or not they’ve had success with those kinds of cases. Again, we have had a history in being successful with these types of claims.
The other thing is whether or not they are a trial lawyer. In other words, will they take the case, if necessary, to trial and fight for you? The last thing that you should ask is whether or not, as a trial lawyer, they are board-certified. Board-certified means that you’re in the top three percent of lawyers in that area of law. In other words, the lawyer is recognized by the state of Texas as experts in their field.
3. Oilfield Accident Claims
I had an individual who was involved in an oilfield accident and wanted to know how this accident different than other types of accidents. One of the ways it’s different is that there will be different regulations that apply to an oilfield. More training and expertise will be involved, and so that needs to be closely investigated. Another way they’re different is the injuries tend to be much more serious, including severe burns and even death.
4. Oilfield Accident Settlement Timeline
The time it takes to resolve an oilfield injury case depends on many factors. One determining factor is the docket of the court. Depending on where you are, courts have different dockets and a different number of cases in front of you that still need to be tried. The other thing that’s going to come into play is the healing process and the type of injuries you’ve sustained. If you’ve suffered serious injuries, they can take a long time to heal. Until we’re sure that you’ve reached maximum medical improvement, then we can move forward with your case and file a lawsuit, if necessary. The next thing we have to worry about is if the insurance company brings a fair and reasonable offer to the table. If we not, we will have to file suit and fight it out in court. Those are the three main things that would come into play in determining how long it’s going to take to resolve an oilfield accident claim.
5. Oilfield Accident Claim Value
I had an individual come into my office last week, and one of the questions he had was how to determine the value of an oilfield accident claim. One of the first things that you must look at are the extent of the injuries. How badly were they harmed as the result of the oilfield accident? The second thing you must look at is how and why the accident happened. The third thing that you’re going to look at is the amount of insurance that’s involved for the company that was responsible. All these things are very important.
A lawyer who is experienced with these cases, such as our office, needs to look at the how and why to fully investigate what regulations, if any, were violated and if the company had a similar type of incident happen in the past. For example, if this incident happened once or twice before, then the value of the case changes tremendously.
With respect to the extent of the injuries, one other thing to note is, for instance, if you had a prior injury that is similar to one you suffered in the accident. If you should have any additional questions or concerns, we are here to help. Please feel free to call us.
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