East Texas Oilfield Trench Collapse Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in a trench collapse while working in the oilfields, you need to know what your options for compensation are. Find out by speaking with an East Texas oilfield trench collapse lawyer.
One of the most dangerous and intensive operations that takes place on oilfields is trenching. While oilfield workers realize the importance of safety when working in trenches, there are situations where serious injury and death occur, leaving victims and their families facing difficult challenges.
Workers dig trenches in oilfields across the country on a daily basis. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2016, there were more deaths caused by trench collapses than in 2014 and 2015 combined.
When safety protocols are lacking or when trenching is done improperly, the risk of exposing workers to serious traumatic injury and death is at its peak. If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a trenching accident, an East Texas oilfield trench collapse lawyer from Colley & Colley can help you recover the damages necessary to get on with your life and hold the responsible parties accountable for their careless actions.
Reasons for Trench Collapses
Worker injury caused by a collapse is the most significant danger of trenching. Trenches not only pose a high degree of risk for workers who enter them, they also risk the lives of workers near them.
Trenches of any size can pose this danger. Examples of trench collapses include the following:
- Standing near the edge of an improperly made trench and it gives way, causing you to fall in
- An unguarded trench with no warning signs, causing you to fall in
- Under sufficient weight, improper shoring may leave you buried and crushed, causing serious injury, such as asphyxiation
- Heavy machinery near the edge of a trench, whether properly shored or not, can cause the trench to cave in and collapse, injuring the machine operator and those in the trench
Filing a Claim Against a Third Party or Machine Manufacturer
Trench collapses are most often preventable, and keeping you safe while on the job is the responsibility of your employer. However, you can only file a personal injury claim against your employer if they either don’t carry work comp insurance or were egregiously negligent in causing the trench collapse.
If your injury was caused by a third-party contractor, such as the company supplying the machinery, or if the machinery malfunctioned, you can file a personal injury claim to recover damages separate from your work comp payout.
An East Texas oilfield trench collapse lawyer can investigate your case and determine who is at fault and how to proceed so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.
An East Texas Oilfield Trenching Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Suffering an injury in a trenching accident can be a harrowing experience for you and your family. The lawyers of Colley & Colley understand the difficulty you are facing and may help you recover compensation for your losses, including future income, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Call today at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the form below to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment to discuss how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We will work hard on your behalf while you recover from your injuries.