Bismarck Oilfield Accident Attorney
Demand Justice for Serious Worksite Accidents
When working on an oilfield in North Dakota, you have the right to expect safe workplace conditions, even though the oil and gas industries are notoriously dangerous. If you get hurt on-the-job because of someone else’s mistakes, then you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries, which might be life-changing. Except the insurance company responding to your injury claim will probably see things differently.
To get your oilfield accident claim underway with confidence, choose Maring Williams Law Office in Bismarck to represent you. We are highly experienced – our team has more than 150 total years of legal practice – and do not shy away from difficult cases or stubborn oppositions. We take each case to heart because we know our clients deserve nothing but the best possible representation that blends professionalism with genuine compassion.
Start your oilfield accident claim by dialing (701) 543-6685 now.
What is an Oilfield Accident?
There are all sorts of oilfield accidents, so defining the term is a bit difficult. Essentially, if there is an injury caused by negligence or recklessness on an oilfield or derrick, then it is an oilfield accident.
Common causes of oilfield accidents in North Dakota are:
- Open flames near flammable substances
- High pressure in sealed systems
- Safety inspection lapses
- Inexperienced laborers handling delicate procedures
Many oilfield accidents will result in a workers’ compensation claim being filed by the injured worker. Yet this is not always the case and it is not always the right solution. Workers’ compensation benefits will only provide so much, and they rarely reflect what the injured claimant deserves. When an accident is caused by a third party’s negligence, a personal injury claim might be the only legal solution. Furthermore, oil workers who are technically independent contractors might have no choice other than to file injury claims, rather than workers’ compensation claims.
What to Do After an Oilfield Accident
When you have been in an oilfield accident, you need to do all you can to prove you were not at fault if you intend on filing a personal injury claim. If you are found to be liable for your own injuries to a considerable degree, it could mean that your claim is invalidated. At the least, your claim will be much more difficult to pursue.
To help lessen your liability after an oilfield accident, you should:
- Inform your shift supervisor or employer about your accident and injuries as soon as possible.
- Seek immediate medical attention even if you think you are relatively unharmed.
- Speak with coworkers and others on the jobsite for testimonies about what they witnessed.
- Call an attorney at your first opportunity to discuss how to progress your claim.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
The damages that you can recover after an oilfield accident will depend on the type of claim you pursue. If you file for workers’ compensation, then you will likely be limited to recovering costs for necessary medical treatments and a percentage of your lost wages. As mentioned, this amount is often not enough to keep an oilfield worker financially afloat after a serious accident.
If you can file a personal injury claim, your damages could include:
- All medical bills, including necessary and elective treatments
- All wages you lost due to missing work
- Cost of future care or rehabilitative therapies
- Compensation for your undue pain and suffering
It would be the honor of our Bismarck oilfield accident lawyers to help you determine if you have a valid claim that should be filed as an injury claim. We want to get you as much compensation as possible while simultaneously removing as much stress from your shoulders as possible.
Contact us today so we can discuss the details of your accident.
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