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When can you file a third-party claim after an oil field injury?

Working on a Texas oil field can pose considerable risks. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,566 workers have died on the job from 2008 to 2017.

When you suffer an injury at work, whether out on the oil field or in an office building, your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage may likely provide compensation during your recovery period. However, when a third party caused your injuries, a third-party claim can provide you with the full amount of compensation you need. This can recover financial relief for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, potentially lost wages and more.

Defining a third party

By receiving workers’ comp, you waive your ability to sue your employer. You may, however, still be able to sue another party when their negligent or reckless actions caused or substantially contributed to your injuries. A third party could include:

  • A contractor or subcontractor working for another company on the oil field
  • The driver of another company’s vehicle or a delivery vehicle
  • The manufacturer of defective equipment or machinery
  • The property owner of the oil field
  • The trucking or shipping company of a vehicle that hit you

Depending on your accident, multiple parties may have contributed to your injuries, which could include burns, broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), injuries from exposure to toxic chemicals and much more. If you were hit by a delivery vehicle, the driver, trucking company and possibly even the manufacturer could be held liable for the accident.

Steps to take after suffering an injury

After suffering an injury at work, it is critical to act swiftly to pursue the compensation you are due. Seeking immediate medical attention is important to assess the extent of your injuries. Documenting your injuries, medical treatment and recollection of the accident can also be helpful to both record your account of events and show the severity of what you have suffered.

When your injury occurs at work but not due to the actions of your employer, pursuing compensation can be complex. An attorney can assist in reviewing your accident and pursuing the financial relief you need to move forward.

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