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Oilfield and Offshore Accidents  

Some of the most dangerous jobs are performed in oilfields and offshore jobs, which involve the use of extremely dangerous equipment in dangerous places. Workers involved in these types of worksite accidents often find themselves facing serious injuries and even death.

Compensation for Oilfield and Offshore Accidents

Oil workers and their families may have access to compensation after a worksite accident. Depending on the circumstances, they may have more than one type of compensation available.

Workers’ Compensation

The employers of most oilfield and offshore platform workers carry workers’ compensation insurance. This type of insurance kicks in when an accident happens on the job and does not require the worker to prove that the employer was negligent. The worker must simply seek proper medical treatment and file a claim in a timely fashion.

However, workers’ compensation does not provide complete coverage for all of a worker’s losses. Instead, it provides for only a portion of an injured worker’s economic losses and no compensation for losses that are not financial in nature.

Third-Party Lawsuit

Typically, an employee cannot sue his or her employer if workers’ compensation insurance is available.

But in some cases, injured workers may file a third-party lawsuit and pursue full compensation for their losses. However, they may only do so if a party other than their employer is fully or partially responsible for their injuries.

Third parties that may be responsible for an oilfield or offshore accident include:

  • Negligent employees of other companies
  • Negligent members of the public
  • Negligent property owners
  • Product and equipment manufacturers

To succeed in a third-party claim, a victim’s attorney must show that the other party acted in a way that was negligent and that this negligence directly led to his or her client’s offshore or oilfield accident and injuries.

If successful, the victim can recover compensation not available in a workers’ compensation claim, such as damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Types of Oilfield and Offshore Accidents

Common oilfield and offshore accidents include:

  • Explosions and fires
  • Oilfield structure collapses
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals and fumes
  • Well blowouts
  • Electrocutions
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Equipment misuse
  • Slips and falls
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Accidents involving transportation to and from offshore worksites

Regardless of where they occur, these accidents have a high potential for serious injuries and devastating losses. Victims need quality representation to ensure that they get maximum compensation for their injuries.

For help getting the compensation you deserve, contact DLL Law for a free initial consultation with an offshore and oilfield accident attorney.

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