Have You Been Injured in an Oil or Gas Accident in the Midland Area?

Were you hurt in an oil or gas accident in Midland, Texas? If so, you deserve qualified and skilled legal representation on your side. You could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation depending on the circumstances of your case. 

The Midland oilfield injury lawyers of Tate Law Offices, P.C., are prepared to stand up and fight for you. 

The Center for Public Integrity found that 1,566 of oil workers died in the U.S. during a recent 10-year period. That is almost the same number of U.S. soldiers who died in Afghanistan. This figure does not include the numerous workers who were injured as a result of oil field accidents. It also doesn’t include oil worker’s families and non-oil field workers who were killed or injured as a result of oil fields. 

Oil fields can be hazardous to workers, their families, and people who live or work near fields or travel the roads with oil trucks. If you or a loved one has been involved in an oil or gas accident in the Midland area, you are not alone, and our attorneys will be ready to help you seek the full and fair compensation you’re owed. 

Common Types of Oil Field Injuries in Midland

Oilfields are fraught with hazards that result in harm to oil workers and other people. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 10,873 violations to oil extraction industries from 2008 to October 25, 2019. Of the 10,873 violations, 64% were deemed serious enough to result in death or severe harm.  Gas and oil field accidents are typically catastrophic. Severe disfigurement, paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and cancer are just a few of the types of injuries caused by gas and oil accidents. 

Both oil workers and non-oil workers can be injured as a result of oil field accidents. Oil field accidents can occur when hazardous materials explode or leak near the worker, causing severe or fatal injuries.  There are instances where oil workers have unknowingly had traces of hazardous materials on their clothing. As a result, the oil worker and the oil worker’s family were exposed to toxic chemicals that resulted in injury to everyone in the home.  Drivers and pedestrians are not immune to oil and gas accidents. They can be killed or injured in an oil truck accident. Likewise, an oil truck driver can be killed or injured while driving their vehicle. 

Common Causes of Oilfield Work Injuries

 Oil and gas accidents are often caused by the oil company or other companies related to the oil company, including:

  • Improper or faulty equipment that cause explosions, leaks or oil truck accidents
  • Driver intoxication, driver fatigue, or driver distraction that results in oil truck accidents 
  • Improperly maintained roads can lead to oil truck accidents 
  • Failure to follow oil and gas regulations that causes oil field accidents

Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills and Other Expenses? 

Oil and gas accidents are extremely complex claims. If the injured party is a worker, it must be determined whether the worker is classified as an employee or an independent contractor. Oil and gas companies have been known to misrepresent a worker’s classification and claim that they are independent contractors to avoid paying worker’s compensation benefits. 

If the worker is an employee, it is necessary to evaluate whether the worker has a workers’ compensation claim or a workers’ compensation claim as well as a personal injury claim. Unlike most other states, Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. 

If the injured person has a claim that falls outside the workers’ compensation system, it also must be determined which party is responsible. While employees who are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation policy cannot sue their employer, they could be eligible to file a third-party injury claim if the accident was caused by someone else’s (not a fellow employee’s or their employer’s) negligence. I

Also, to build a persuasive claim, it is important to be familiar with oil trucks, oil and gas government regulations, chemicals associated with oil fields, the types of records kept by oil fields, and oil and gas equipment. The law firm you hire to represent you with your oil field injury claim could make a major difference in the amount of money you recover for your injuries. It is best to allow an experienced, knowledgeable, oilfield accident attorney to represent you. 

How an Oilfield Injury Lawyer Can Help

Due to the catastrophic nature of the injuries involved, the stakes are incredibly high for the injured party and their loved ones. It is crucial that the injured party or injured party’s family contact an oil field accident lawyer as soon as the accident has occurred. 

Do not provide a statement to the oil and gas company. Instead, hire an experienced oil field accident attorney to handle all communications with the company or their insurance representatives.

Oil and gas companies are aware that some people are going to be harmed by the way they conduct business. Sometimes, it is more profitable for them to continue operating the same way while paying the occasional penalty. 

These companies understand that they may have to pay for some of the injuries that happen in oilfield accidents like yours. Thus, they have a mechanism in place to pay the injured as little as possible for the injuries they’ve caused. These companies have lawyers and insurance adjusters ready to protect them as soon as an accident occurs. 

While you’re wondering how the oil field accident is going to impact your life, the company and its insurers are gathering evidence that they will use to defend against your oil injury claim. These companies hope that you’ll make a statement that will harm your claim. They also hope that you’ll accept a small, lump-sum settlement before you realize the extent of your injury. Don’t be fooled by the company’s promise to take care of you.

Injured? Contact Tate Law Offices P.C. for Help

When you hire the Midland oilfield accident lawyers at Tate Law Offices, P.C. to represent you, you can rest easier knowing that your case is in the right hands. We understand what is at stake for you, your family, and those who depend on you. 

Our team is ready to put all of our experience, skill, and resources to work on your case, and we’ll seek the maximum recovery possible. Schedule your no-cost, confidential consultation with us by calling us, by filling out a contact form, or by chatting with us live on our site today.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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