Attorneys Advocating For Injured Oil And Gas Workers In Texas
The men and women who work in Texas oil fields perform a service that is essential to our economy. Yet, these jobs are dangerous, and the industry has high rates of accidents, injuries and deaths. While some of these hazards are inherent to the job, others are the result of individual or business negligence.
If you’re an oil field worker who was injured on the job, chances are good that your employer has workers’ compensation insurance and can provide at least some benefits. But if your injuries were due to the negligence of a third party at the site, you may have the option to pursue additional compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. At Dobbs & Porter, our practice is entirely devoted to injury law, and we can help you understand and exercise your legal options for workers’ compensation benefits and third-party liability claims.
How Third-Party Injury Claims Work
Under Texas law, workers are generally prohibited from suing their employer after a workplace accident if that employer provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage. But as an oil field worker, you constantly interact with third parties who are neither your employer nor a co-worker of that employer.
You can pursue a personal injury claim against a negligent third party in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits. This is an important option to exercise, as workers’ comp benefits may not be enough to cover all your losses, and benefits do not include compensation for things like pain and suffering.
How Were You Injured And Who Was At Fault?
Some of the most common oil field accidents and injuries include burns and explosion injuries, auto accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, brain injuries caused by falling objects and injuries caused by malfunctioning equipment.
Defendants named in third-party liability claims frequently include:
- Contractors and subcontractors who cause accidents
- Companies that construct and maintain rigs (after a rig collapses)
- Manufacturers of faulty equipment
- Companies providing transportation of materials and equipment (after a motor vehicle accident)
Our legal team includes an attorney who is a board-certified Personal Injury Trial Law specialist. Fewer than 10% of attorneys statewide have these same credentials. We bring an in-depth legal knowledge that is difficult to match.
Get Started With A Free Consultation
Our attorneys at Dobbs & Porter are pleased to offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. To schedule yours, call our office in Tyler, Texas, at 903-310-1433. You can also reach out online.