San Antonio Oilfield Injury Lawyers
Representing Injured Oil Workers
Working in the oilfields can be dangerous. OSHA regulations are put in place to protect everyone on the job, but when those regulations are violated or when someone makes a mistake and an accident occurs, you may be the one to suffer.
The San Antonio oilfield injury attorneys at Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. know how to determine if you are eligible to sue for additional compensation. We are ready to evaluate your case and pursue compensation from all available avenues on your behalf. Our firm has helped many injured oilfield workers get the money they needed to cover their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses associated with their workplace accidents.
Types of Oilfield Injury Cases We Handle
If you have been injured while working on an oilfield, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation—but only if your employer has enrolled in the program. Your employer's insurance carrier may not cover all your medical bills and will not pay all your lost wages, leaving you and your family in a difficult spot. Depending upon the circumstances of your accident, you may have the right to additional compensation for your injuries.
By filing a third-party work injury claim against a liable party, you may be able to recover compensation for all your damages, including the full cost of your current and future medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Our attorneys accept oilfield injury cases in South Texas involving these and other accidents:
- Trucking/commercial vehicle accidents
- Exposure to toxic gases
- Getting crushed by pipeline segments or other large objects
- Fires and explosions
- Eagle Ford Shale work injuries
It is important to remember that one careless move can cause a catastrophe. If you or someone you love was seriously injured, call our San Antonio oilfield injury lawyers to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
How Third-Party Work Injury Claims Differ from Workers’ Compensation Cases
In Texas, people who are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation as long as their employers have this type of insurance. Workers’ compensation pays both wage replacement and medical benefits, but it does not cover your total lost wages, nor does it provide any compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
In some cases, oilfield workers who are injured on the job (or the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed in oilfield accidents) may have additional third-party work injury claims against individuals or entities other than their employers. In other cases, when workers are not covered by workers’ compensation, they may be able to bring what are known as “non-subscriber claims.” These claims essentially work much like a standard personal injury claim.
Third-party work injury claims and non-subscriber claims are different from workers’ compensation claims in that the injured worker (known as the “plaintiff”) must prove liability to recover compensation. This means that, unlike in workers’ compensation claims, you must demonstrate that someone else was at fault for the accident/incident that caused your injuries and resulting damages. This person or party cannot be your employer if your employer is already covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
A third-party oilfield injury claim may be brought against the following parties:
- An employer (if the worker is not covered by workers’ compensation)
- A co-worker (in some cases)
- The manufacturer or distributor of a defective tool, piece of equipment, or other product
- A property or site owner/manager or a landowner
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Oilrig owners and/or manufacturers
- Commercial vehicle/trucking companies or manufacturers
- Shipping companies
This is not an exhaustive list; we encourage you to reach out to our San Antonio oilfield accident attorneys today to learn more about who you may be able to file a claim against. Our team understands the importance of conducting thorough investigations to determine how the accident occurred and, most importantly, who is liable for your injuries and damages.
What Damages Are Available?
In contrast to workers’ compensation, which only allows you to recover medical and wage replacement benefits, a third-party work injury claim or non-subscriber claim allows you to seek compensation for all your damages following the accident.
Depending on the specifics of your case, this might include things like:
- Current and future medical care costs
- Current and future lost wages/earnings
- Lost or reduced earning ability due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Counseling services
- Disfigurement and inconvenience
In some cases, you may be able to also recover punitive damages. You will have to prove that the at-fault person or party acted with egregious negligence or willful/wanton disregard for the safety of others to seek punitive damages.
How Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. Can Help
Our San Antonio oilfield injury lawyers can investigate your accident to see who or what caused it. If there is a legitimate claim, we can pursue compensation from the negligent party or parties. We work closely with engineers and accident reconstruction experts to prove liability so we can hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
We also monitor your recovery and consult with your doctors to anticipate how your injuries may affect you in the future. Our lawyers calculate the full cost of your injuries and present all this information to the insurance company for the responsible party to open negotiations. If the insurance company is unwilling to compensate you fairly, we have the experience, knowledge, and resources to fight until the end—we are not afraid to take your case to court if need be.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Call (210) 361-2997 to get started.
Birth Injury $7,000,000
Birth injury involving hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (2020) Contingency Fee: $2,800,000 Reimbursable Expenses: $75,578 Net to Client: $4,124,421
Birth Injury $5,750,000
Involving hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (2014) Contingency Fee: $1,786,738.72 Reimbursable Expenses: $170,000.00 Net to Client: $3,396,261.28
Head-on Collision $5,000,000
With an 18-wheeler causing serious injury and death (2008) Contingency Fee: $1,799,990.00 Reimbursable Expenses: $150,000.00 Net to Client: $2,581,834,89
Carbon Monoxide Leak $4,290,000
Exposed the crew to harmful gasses (2006) Contingency Fee: $1,716,000.00 Case Expenses: $100,000 Net to Client: $2,474,000.00
Construction Accident Death $3,600,000
Due to dangerous work conditions (2015) Contingency Fee: $1,440,000.00 Case Expenses: $125,000.00 Net to Client: $2,035,000.00
Trucking Accident $3,000,000
Trucking accident resulting in death (2015) Contingency Fees: $1,000,000.00 Case Expenses: $93,455.68 Net to Client $1,906,544.32
Failure To Diagnose $1,820,000
Failure to diagnose ruptured brain aneurysm in the Emergency Department resulting in serious injury (2020) Contingency fee: $712,090.00 Reimbursable expenses: $157.285.61 Net to client: $950,624.39
Back Surgery Resulting in Paralysis $1,600,000
Back surgery resulting in paralysis (2014) Contingency Fee: $640,000.00 Case Expenses: $170,000.00 Net to Client: $790,000.00
Ceiling Collapse $1,450,000
Ceiling collapse at a construction site resulting in injuries (2012) Contingency Fee: $438,476.26 Case Expenses: $26,952.51 Net to Client: $984,571.23
Failure To Diagnose $1,370,000
Failure to diagnose and treat a necrotizing infection resulting in death (2019) Contingency Fee: $548,000.00 Reimbursable expenses: $165,301.67 Net to client: $656,698.33
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