How Much Is My East Texas Oilfield Injury Worth?
After suffering a workplace injury in an East Texas oilfield accident, it’s common to wonder if you can recover compensation in a settlement or personal injury lawsuit beyond what workers compensation offers.
In order to understand your legal rights, consulting with an East Texas oilfield injury lawyer from Colley & Colley will help you determine if you can legally file a personal injury lawsuit after you were injured at your worksite.
Who Is Financially Liable for Your Oilfield Injury?
In most cases, you cannot sue your employer through a personal injury claim. This is true unless either your employer does not carry sufficient workers compensation insurance or your employer intentionally harmed you though deliberately or egregiously negligent conduct.
Because work comp does not cover costs related to pain and suffering, emotional distress, and out-of-pocket expenses, you can file a claim against a third party if you discover that they contributed to the accident that caused your injuries.
Third parties may include any of the following:
- Manufacturers of malfunctioning or defective parts and machinery
- Manufacturers of toxic chemicals
- Subcontractors and contractors
- Outside drivers and passersby
- Owner of the property if other than your employer
What Is the Value of My Oilfield Injury?
When determining what your injury is worth, all of the losses directly related to your past, present, and future medical expenses will need to be considered. Other losses, such as out-of-pocket expenses, lost income and future earning potential, and transportation expenses, should all be factored into the total.
Unlike work comp, a civil claim will include compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress. These are more difficult to calculate because they do not have monetary value, but can add more value to your claim, regardless.
Obtaining a Fair Settlement for an Oilfield Accident
Negotiating and dealing with insurance companies is best handled by an experienced personal injury attorney from Colley & Colley. Our job is to get you as much money as possible, even though the insurers will try to pay out as little as they can. We can negotiate the highest settlement possible for your claim.
Losses that can be accounted for in a personal injury claim may include any of the following:
- Medical costs, including past, future, and current
- Current and future lost income
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Personal property damage
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium
In certain situations, you can seek punitive damages against the liable party for reckless and gross negligence, which are awarded by the court as punishment to the responsible party.
Contact an East Texas Oilfield Injury Lawyer
At Colley & Colley, we understand that suffering a workplace injury is a difficult experience for you and your family. We can help you determine if a third party contributed to your accident, and we can calculate what your claim is worth.
Call us at your convenience by dialing 1-877-411-2001 or by simply filling out the contact form below. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced lawyer who can advise you on your legal options for seeking compensation.