Hurt in a Pipeline Accident?
Lafayette Oil Field Injury Lawyers Set Things Right
In just three years, there were 1,400 pipeline accidents and spills in the United States, according to an article by the Wall Street Journal. These accidents cause hundreds of injuries and deaths, both from the force of explosions and the release of toxic materials into the air. Gas companies attempt to frame these incidents as just “unfortunate accidents”, but this is rarely the case. If gas companies truly followed federal laws and OSHA regulations, then these accidents would not occur. Negligent companies must be held responsible for the harm and damage they cause their workers.
The Lafayette oil field injury lawyers at our Louisiana personal injury law firm, Galloway Jefcoat, LLP, know all about the serious injuries inflicted upon workers in the oil and gas industry. Firm partner Rusty Galloway worked on an oil rig as both a roughneck and a mud engineer. He understands the regulations that oil sites must obey, including the physical components of the oil rig construction and the chemical compounds of the mud mix. If an oil and gas injury hurt you or killed a loved one, Rusty and his legal team can find out what went wrong and help ensure you receive rightful compensation. Our law firm in Lafayette has the experience and resources to handle cases from all over southern Louisiana including Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles and Sulphur.
Does Workers’ Comp Cover Pipeline Accidents?
Injuries from pipeline accidents are often severe, and they may affect a victim’s physical and mental abilities in the long-term. An injured worker may not be able to return to the same position — or even the same industry — that he or she held before the accident occurred. Workers’ comp can partially compensate for these financial losses by covering a portion of the wages lost from being unable to work and medical bills related to the accident. This is true regardless of fault.
If you were injured while working on a maritime vessel, “maintenance and cure” under an employer’s workers’ comp policy will provide for medical costs and basic living expenses until you reach “maximum medical improvement”. This means that you have recovered to the fullest extent possible within the confines of your injury. Additionally, you should know that workers’ comp is not your only option: If you can prove that your employer’s negligence (or the negligence of a third party, such as an equipment manufacturer) played a role in the accident, then you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
What Are Common Injuries Sustained in Pipeline Accidents?
As you might imagine, injuries suffered as a result of a pipeline accident are severe more often than not. Some common injuries that individuals have suffered include:
- Burns. Oil is a flammable substance, so burn injuries are often some of the most commonly reported injuries after a pipeline accident. There are three types of burns that a person can suffer: First, second and third-degree. First-degree burns are the least severe while third-degree burns are severe and affect the deepest levels of the skin.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). Head injuries are among some of the most dangerous injuries that an individual can endure. Whether a worker fell off a ladder or your mother slipped and fell at the mall, a TBI can happen in an instant and it can happen anywhere. Traumatic brain injury symptoms include disorientation, confusion and behavioral changes. Any person exhibiting these symptoms should receive medical care immediately.
- Disfigurement. A person can become disfigured in a variety of ways. Scarring, limb amputation and paralysis are some of the most commonly reported injuries involving disfigurement in pipeline accidents. A person suffering an obvious disfigurement can not only recover economic damages, but non-economic as well. These types of damages include non-tangible aspects of your life that are nonetheless affected by a serious injury such as loss of quality of life and mental anguish suffered as a result of the incident.
Still Have Questions About Pipeline Accidents? We Have Answers
While the world still relies on oil, we need workers for oil rigs and pipelines. These workers have the same rights as every other American worker and deserve to be compensated if they are injured while performing their job. Since 1996, the Lafayette oil field injury lawyers at Galloway Jefcoat, LLP have been protecting wrongfully injured workers across the state. They can help you find peace of mind by vigorously investigating the details of your case and advocating on your behalf against opposing parties.
If you would like to speak with one of our Lafayette oil field injury lawyers before making any lasting decisions, then please contact us online or call (337) 984-8020 to schedule your free consultation today.