If you’ve been injured in an oilfield accident, you will soon realize that there are a lot of different companies involved in drilling operations at a well site. If you haven’t realized this already, you will soon find that these different entities are all pointing the finger at one another, each blaming someone else for the accident and your injuries. So whom do you hold responsible when an oilfield accident occurs?
Determining Responsibility for an Texas Oilfield Accident Injury
Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be complicated under Texas law. If your employer’s negligence caused the accident that led to your injuries, you may have to file a worker’s compensation claim, unless your employer doesn’t subscribe to the worker’s compensation program. If they don’t subscribe to worker’s comp, you can sue them directly, however, if they do subscribe to worker’s comp, you are limited in your actions against them.
Many times, however, oilfield injuries are caused by the negligence of someone other than the injured person’s employer. If this is the case, you may have what is called a “Third Party Claim,” meaning a claim against someone other than your employer.
These third party claims are very common in oilfield injury cases because there are so many different moving parts, and different companies involved in the production and other aspects of oilfield work. This includes service companies, manufacturers of equipment, and outside contractors.
The Dillemma: Who Is At Fault for Your Oilfield Accident Injury
The problem is that sorting all of this out is very difficult, and all of the players involved either cover each other’s backs, or more likely, they will blame one another, each claiming they have no responsibility for the accident.
Because of the complex nature of oilfield injury cases, and the multiple parties involved, you will almost certainly need an experienced injury attorney to investigate and uncover those responsible so that they can be held accountable for your injuries. It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to discover these things without the legal skill and knowledge of an experienced injury attorney. And, time is not on your side, which is why it’s better to get a good lawyer on your side as soon as possible after an accident.
Time Is Not On Your Side – You Must Act Quickly
When it comes to investigating and prosecuting oilfield injury claims, time is not on your side. The companies involved will drag their feet, blame one another, and each of them (including your employer) will do all they can to pay you nothing. All of this delay, and finger pointing, can cause you to miss important deadlines in your case. If you miss a deadline, like the statute of limitations, you may not ever be able to recover a penny for your injuries
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