The oil and gas injury lawyers at Haun Mena represent individuals who are hurt in their work environment. Whether you are working in an oil field, while drilling, in transportation or in another capacity in the oil and gas industry, a sudden injury can be devastating.
You may deserve compensation – but the claims process can be complex. Our oil and gas injury lawyers are experienced counsel dedicated to helping individuals navigate the legal system to pursue fair compensation.
Oilfield Injury Lawyer near me
If you’re looking for oil and gas injury lawyers near me, we invite you to meet us at our offices, your home, the hospital or anywhere else that works for you. We’re in Houston, and we accept claims throughout Texas.
At Haun Mena, we understand the complex issues that apply in oil and gas injury claims. We also have the experience and the knowledge to deal with these kinds of cases. One of our founding partners, Doug Mena, represented oil and gas companies on the defense side for years before joining the firm. Now he brings this expertise and knowledge to your aid.
Furthermore, one of our lawyers, JC Peters, worked in the oil and gas industry before completing law school and joining the firm. This experience has given him specialized knowledge in this area, and this expertise will be at your disposal.
There are several bodies of law, regulations and specialized legal issues that may be critical to any claim. We can help you interpret and understand laws and issues involved in your claim, including:
- Texas personal injury laws, accident laws
- Maritime laws applying to off-shore drilling
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
- American Petroleum Institute – consensus standards for the oil and gas industry
- Workers’ compensation
- Federal laws regulating the oil and gas industry including the Natural Gas Act of 1938 which regulates interstate pipeline construction and transportation of natural gas
Compensation for oilfield accidents
An injury while working in the oil and gas industry can result in medical bills and prevent you from working. There is also pain and suffering from your injuries and mental anguish.
When you’re injured, it’s important to receive medical attention right away. Report the injury to your employer. Gather evidence of what occurred including photographs and contact information for witnesses.
Then, talk to our oil and gas injury lawyers as soon as possible. We can help you preserve evidence and evaluate who may be responsible. Ultimately, it’s our goal to help you achieve a fair result and access justice through the legal system.
Causes of oil and gas accidents
Your oil and gas injury may have any of the following underlying causes:
- Truck and other vehicle accidents
- Crushing and stuck between injuries
- Pressure/well blowouts/fracking accidents
- Pipeline malfunctions
- Electrical problems
- Slip and falls, including from elevated surfaces
- Run-over accidents
- Chemical exposure and poisoning
- Repetitive injuries and heavy lifting
The oil and gas industry involves large machinery and dangerous work. When accidents occur, the injuries produced are likely to be serious. In addition, the nature of the work may cause injuries from repetitive movement and physical strains.
Who is responsible to pay damages for an oilfield injury or gas accident injury?
When an injury occurs in the oil and gas industry, it may not be immediately clear how to pursue compensation. The State of Texas does not have mandatory workers’ compensation. If the employer has workers compensation insurance, there are many tasks involved in making sure that you have the benefits that you deserve.
Even if your employer has worker’s compensation insurance, an experienced lawyer may be able to identify additional defendants from whom recovery is possible. These investigations may yield significant additional funds in settlement than the minimal benefits provided by worker’s compensation.
If the employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation, you may pursue a traditional personal injury claim. In that event, you need to show how the actions of the employer contribute to the accident. In addition, oil and gas work often involves many entities like contractors and subcontractors. These entities may be liable to pay compensation, too.
As oil and gas injury lawyers, we investigate the parties who may be liable. Our lawyers understand the different legal standards that may be involved. We customize your claim to address the legal technicalities that are important to make your claim a success.
Causes of oilfield injury accidents
At the core of any oil and gas accident claim is the cause of the accident. Although it may seem like it’s just an accident, an investigation may reveal underlying causes. For example, an accident with heavy machinery may be the result of the employer failing to train employees properly or failing to maintain equipment.
Causes of an oil and gas accident may include:
- Careless plans and failing to account for dangers in operations planning
- Hiring unqualified workers
- Too few workers
- Inadequate training
- Use of heavy machinery without appropriate safeguards
- Lack of personal protective equipment
- Failing to properly store chemicals
- Not stopping activity at the sign of danger
- Traffic accidents – careless driving
- Working too many hours without a break
- Operating in spaces that are too narrow and confined
- Rushing to complete more work; working while tired or fatigued
- Electrical hazards, unintentional ignition
- Failing to maintain equipment, not taking defective equipment out of service
- Disregard of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and other regulations
The companies involved may not be eager to provide information or shed any light on the situation. However, our lawyers know how to use the legal process to demand information and conduct our own investigation.
Even indirect causes of an accident may amount to legal fault. Violations of rules and regulations are strong evidence of fault. As oil and gas injury lawyers, we have an important job investigating what happened and who is responsible for the accident.
Oil and gas accident injuries
In an oil and gas accident, you may suffer from:
- Concussion, traumatic brain injury, skull fracture
- Paralysis, spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Disfigurement, amputation
- Burns and permanent scarring
- Internal organ damage
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Back pain
- Wrongful death
Working in the oil and gas industry means exposure to heavy equipment, chemical substances and extreme conditions. When accidents occur, injuries can be serious. Whether your injuries are large or small, our lawyers can help you claim the monetary compensation that’s appropriate for your circumstances.
Oil and gas injury lawsuit FAQs
Is there compensation for injuries suffered due to working on an oil field?
You may receive compensation for injuries suffered due to working on an oil field through workers compensation or a personal injury claim. There are several factors that determine what type of claim you have and who may be named in the claim.
How long do you have to claim compensation for an oil field injury in Texas?
The general statute of limitations for personal injury in Texas is two years. This timeline may apply to an oil field injury claim. However, if the claim goes through workers compensation, you have 30 days to report it to the employer. It’s always best to report the injury and work with a lawyer on your claim as soon as possible.
What compensation can you receive for an oil and gas injury?
The compensation you can receive for an oil and gas injury varies based on the type of claim you qualify to file and the actual losses you have. Depending on the type of claim, damages may include pain and suffering and mental anguish. A lawyer can help you identify damages and bring your claim efficiently.
What can I receive in an oil and gas injury claim?
The purpose of an oil and gas claim is for the victim to receive financial compensation that is proportional to their losses. The claim may also result in a determination that the defendant is at fault for the accident. An oil and gas claim is a civil claim, so the defendant doesn’t go to jail. However, there may be simultaneous investigations by regulatory agencies or even a law enforcement investigation.
Lawyers for oil and gas injuries
Can I have a lawyer for an oil and gas injury claim?
Yes – you can have a lawyer for an oil and gas injury claim. Don’t let your employer or anyone else try to convince you that you don’t need a lawyer or don’t have a right to legal representation.
Getting the compensation you deserve when you’re hurt can be hard – but a lawyer for oil and gas injuries is a trained professional who understands the legal issues involving the industry. When the other side has teams of lawyers and resources, having a lawyer for an oil and gas injury claim allows you to have a level playing field.
How do I hire an oil and gas injury lawyer?
When you need to hire an oil and gas injury lawyer, we invite you to contact us at Haun Mena. We can talk about your case and what it’s like to work with our law firm. Then, if you choose to hire us, we put our agreement in writing and start working on your case right away.
Free consultation – no fee unless you win
At Haun Mena, we’re dedicated to one thing – being different. Whether your case is large or small, you deserve experienced legal representation. No matter what your case is you can be assured that you will work directly with a member of our legal team. Communicate with us directly throughout your case.
Our law firm helps individuals when they are hurt. We know what it takes to go up against large companies and win. We want you to have access to the legal representation you need to get results. That’s why your first consultation is always free, and we can represent you with no fee due unless you win your case. Let us take all the risk of bringing your claim.
Taking new cases
The Haun Mena oil and gas injury lawyers are taking new cases. If you’ve been hurt, you may deserve monetary compensation. Let us pursue it on your behalf. Time limits apply, so don’t wait to contact us.
Call or send us a message today.