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.