Fargo Oilfield Accident Attorney
Oilfield Accident Claims After a Fire, Explosion, or Disaster
In recent years, North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom. With the new job opportunities and budding industry comes the inherent risk of oilfield accidents, though. When safety protocols are relaxed at an oilfield, the dangers of the industry only become more prominent.
Were you severely injured during an oilfield accident in North Dakota? Did you lose a loved one in an oilfield disaster? Maring Williams Law Office in Fargo can help you seek justice and compensation.
We can help clients from oil towns throughout North Dakota, such as:
- Watford City
We are known as hard-hitting attorneys when we deal with the opposition but truly compassionate friends and allies when working with our clients. You have been through enough after your oilfield accident. The last thing you need is more stress because your legal representative does not take your case seriously or pressures you to make moves you are not sure are the right ones. We give you time, space, and support as your case develops.
For a free consultation with our Fargo oilfield accident lawyers, dial (701) 402-6644.
Common Oilfield Accident Injuries
According to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), North Dakota is notorious for its on-the-job dangers. Information from the organization reveals that North Dakota has the highest death rate among workers at about 12.5 worker fatalities for every 100,000 people in the population. Approximately three-fourths of those workplace deaths happen within the oil and gas industries.
Aside from workplace deaths, what other types of oilfield accident injuries are there?
- Severe burns: Some of the worst oilfield accidents occur when a fire breaks out, causing an inferno in a matter of minutes. If a fire starts in a pressurized system, then it can trigger a massive explosion. In either situation, workers are often exposed to intense heat and flames, resulting in widespread, third-degree burns.
- Amputations: Crush injuries are a serious risk in all industrial workplaces, including oilfields. When a worker is caught in a piece of heavy machinery, it can result in the amputation of a limb, causing immediate and permanent catastrophic harm.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Falls from heights, falling objects, and the concussive force of an explosion can all cause an oilfield worker to suffer a brain injury. Some brain injuries may appear mild at first, starting with headaches or memory loss. As time passes, the injury can worsen dramatically, resulting in a wide range of severe complications.
- Chemical exposure: There are many chemicals and substances around the average oilfield that can cause serious health problems like cancer due to repeated exposure. Most notably, the oil and gas being extracted by derricks, rigs, and other equipment are highly toxic when inhaled in even small quantities.
Determining Liability in an Oilfield Accident
Employers are often quick to try to distance themselves from the accidents that happen on their oilfields. One tactic is trying to coerce an injured worker to accept workers’ compensation benefits when this would only provide minimal financial support. If egregious negligence contributed to your oilfield accident and it was not your fault, then an injury claim could be much better in the long run.
To prove liability in your oilfield accident, see if you can get evidence of what went wrong and why, or leave it up to our attorneys to investigate. Jobsite safety records and eyewitness testimonies from coworkers are often the two greatest pieces of evidence that can be used in your favor as the plaintiff. With a strong claim, your liability could be reduced to 0%, meaning the defendant would be liable for all of your damages, like medical bills and lost wages.
Filing a Claim with Legal Guidance
The claims process after an oilfield accident can get complicated quickly. You can expect resistance from the opposing parties at every step. Just investigating your accident can be difficult if the oilfield owner does not want to willingly share jobsite safety records, for example.
It is a safer choice to allow a lawyer to represent you from start to finish. Choose our Fargo oilfield accident attorneys to be there for you each step of the way. We can assist with initial filings, negotiations, investigations, mediations, and even litigation.
For comprehensive legal representation, call (701) 402-6644 now.
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