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East Texas Oilfield Accident Frequently Asked Questions

If you have suffered an injury in an oilfield accident, you may have many questions about the legal aspects of workplace personal injury law. An East Texas oilfield accident lawyer from Colley & Colley can help you get started by answering a few of the most common questions:

 

When can I file a personal injury claim for an oilfield injury?

After a workplace injury—such as one suffered in an oilfield accident—you can file a personal injury claim for these reasons:

  • If a third party other than your employer, supervisor, or coworker caused your injury, such as a manufacturer of defective machinery
  • A civil claim can be filed against your employer in two instances: if your employer doesn’t have workers compensation insurance or deliberately took action to harm you

 

How do I prove that my employer was egregiously negligent?

Proving that your employer was egregiously negligent often involves investigating the history of safety violations against your employer, such as those issued by OSHA, as well as safety complaints filed by coworkers, supervisors, and third parties.

 

What is considered a third party when determining fault for a jobsite accident?

Negligent third parties can include the manufacturer of a defective product, a maintenance company, contractors, drivers of large machinery or passenger vehicles who cause accidents that injure a worker on the job, and the manufacturers of toxic chemicals.

 

Can I sue after being exposed to a toxic substance?

When a toxic substance injures you, you cannot sue your employer, but you can sue the manufacturer of the toxic substance and any manufacturers of safety equipment that failed to effectively handle the toxic material.

 

Will filing a work comp claim prevent me from filing a personal injury claim later?

Filing a workers compensation claim will not prevent you from filing a personal injury claim if you’re within the statutory limit of two years from the date of the accident. In fact, you should always file a work comp claim immediately after an on-the-job injury so that you can get your injury on the record and begin receiving benefits right away.

 

Get More Information from an East Texas Oilfield Accident Attorney

For additional questions or information as it applies to your unique situation, contact an experienced East Texas oilfield accident lawyer from Colley & Colley to learn more about how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Call us at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out our online form below to schedule a time to meet for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.