Many Texans are employed by this state’s growing oil industry. Establishing an oilfield can be quite complicated logistically. Everything has to be in the right place at the right time. Drilling equipment – and everything else – has to be brought in. In remote oilfields, housing, food, electricity, and plumbing must be provided for oilfield workers. Oilfields often become makeshift communities.
Because it is such an ambitious undertaking, developing and operating an oilfield creates plenty of opportunities to make mistakes, and mistakes in an oilfield can lead to catastrophic injuries – especially if the safety of the workers isn’t a top priority for an employer. The San Antonio-based Law Office of Matthew S. Norris represents injured oilfield workers and fights aggressively for justice on their behalf.
What Kinds of Injuries Happen in Oilfield Accidents?
Fires, explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals, equipment failures, and truck collisions are not unusual in and around Texas oilfields. In fact, U.S. Highway 285, the main route used to carry supplies to and from the remote oilfields of west Texas, is called “Death Highway” by the locals and oilfield workers.
Oilfield and oilfield-related accidents frequently cause brain, head, and neck injuries, burn injuries, and limb injuries that require amputation. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Texas oilfield accident, you can probably be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and in some cases, for personal pain and suffering.
How Will an Oilfield Injury Lawyer Help You?
Employers are not always liable for oilfield accidents and injuries, so workers’ compensation is not always the right option for recovering damages after an injury. If a third party is responsible in any way for an oilfield accident, and you’re injured, that third party can be held accountable with a personal injury lawsuit.
San Antonio oilfield injury attorney Matthew S. Norris will investigate the accident that injured you, review the available evidence, question any witnesses, and determine whether you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits or whether you should bring a personal injury claim. He will guide you through the workers’ comp or personal injury process until your claim is resolved.
Even when you are “entitled” to compensation, it is not automatic, and you’ll need an attorney’s sound advice and effective representation. When an oilfield accident injury victim seeks compensation, he or she may face allegations – from a negligent employer’s or third party’s insurance company – that the accident was the victim’s fault or that the victim is exaggerating the extent of his or her injuries.
An Attorney Who Will Focus on the Facts
You’ll need a personal injury lawyer in San Antonio who will focus on the facts and set the record straight. You will also need a personal injury lawyer in San Antonio who understands oilfield operations and has a record of success representing oilfield accident injury victims. San Antonio oilfield injury attorney Matthew S. Norris knows what it takes to protect your rights and acquire the compensation you need and deserve.
There are strict deadlines for seeking compensation. If you have been injured in an oilfield accident, as soon as you’ve been treated by a healthcare professional, call the Law Office of Matthew S. Norris at 210-549-7633. You’ll pay no attorney’s fee until and unless our legal team recovers compensation on your behalf.