San Antonio Oilfield Injury Lawyer Fighting for Injured Oilfield Workers’ Rights
Oilfield workers in Texas have one of the most hazardous occupations anywhere. Every day they are on the job, these men and women risk catastrophic injury and death. If you are an oilfield worker, you know there are plenty of ways that you can be injured on the job. Oilfield fires, explosions, equipment failures, and truck collisions, for example, happen far too frequently.
Oilfield work requires the use of a variety of dangerous materials and equipment. Most oilfield accidents are preventable and happen only when an employer, a co-worker, or a third party is negligent. Too often in Texas oilfields, the safety of the workers may not be an employer’s top priority.
If you have been injured in an oilfield accident, call the Law Office of Matthew S. Norris at once to learn more about your legal rights and options. Attorney Matthew S. Norris works with oilfield accident victims and their families to recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and related losses and damages.
What Steps Should You Take After an Oilfield Accident?
If you are injured in an oilfield accident, seek medical attention as quickly as possible, even if you don’t feel injured. If you do not obtain an immediate medical examination, a latent or hard-to-detect injury could, after several days or even longer, emerge as a serious medical condition. Additionally, without full medical documentation, you may not be able to prove how you were injured – which means that you may not be compensated.
You should report any oilfield accident and injury to your employer as quickly as possible. Many Texas employers – but not all – carry workers’ compensation insurance, and you should qualify for workers’ compensation if you have been injured at work and your employer provides coverage.
What Will Attorney Matthew S. Norris Do on Your Behalf?
San Antonio oilfield accident attorney Matthew S. Norris can review or help you complete your application for workers’ comp benefits, ensure that you obtain proper medical care, and file an appeal if your workers’ compensation claim is rejected. If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you may qualify to take legal action with a personal injury claim.
No personal injury attorney in San Antonio will be at the scene of an oilfield accident to offer legal advice, so if you are not incapacitated, take photographs, get the names of any witnesses, and try to determine if there is any video of the incident. An oilfield accident lawyer will need that evidence and will also scrutinize documents like equipment maintenance records and previous accident reports.
Why Is an Oilfield Accident Lawyer’s Help So Imperative?
Unless a Texas personal injury attorney is protecting your rights after you’ve been injured in an oilfield accident, your employer and your employer’s insurance company and attorneys may:
- deny any responsibility for the accident – or place the blame on you
- dismiss you as an employee at the first legal opportunity
- force you to be treated by the healthcare providers they choose
- lose evidence that proves your injury claim is true
- do whatever it takes to avoid compensating you
Under What Conditions Can You Sue an Employer?
Very few oilfield accidents lead to personal injury lawsuits. Most Texas employers carry workers’ compensation insurance, which in most cases protects employers against personal injury claims. However, if your own employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, if your employer is guilty of gross or intentional negligence that contributed to an oilfield accident, or if a third party is responsible, you may be able to seek compensation with a personal injury claim.
When you are represented by San Antonio oilfield accident attorney Matthew S. Norris, he will exhaust every avenue in his effort to resolve your claim and recover the compensation you need, deserve, and are entitled to by law. Every oilfield accident case is unique, so there is no way to estimate how long the process will take or how much compensation you may recover until an attorney has reviewed your case.
The Law Office of Matthew S. Norris will conduct a complete investigation of your oilfield accident and injury in order to bring the strongest possible claim for compensation. Your first legal consultation is provided without cost or obligation, and you will pay no attorney’s fee until and unless you are compensated. To learn more, or to begin the process of recovering your compensation, call the Law Office of Matthew S. Norris in San Antonio at 210-549-7633.