If you are injured in an accident while working on an oil rig, you might be eligible for compensation. To get the funds you’re entitled to, there are a few steps you’ll need to take:
Check for Injuries
The first thing you should do following an oil rig accident is check for any injuries. Some are easy to see, such as broken bones or burns. Other injuries don’t cause visible physical harm, but internal damage could lead to complications if you don’t seek treatment.
Whether your injury is minor or severe, see a doctor as soon as possible. Don’t go home to rest and hope that you feel better in the morning. Drive yourself to the hospital or request ambulance transport so that a physician can diagnose your injury and determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Get To Safety
If you can move without causing additional injuries to yourself or others, go somewhere safe. Oil rigs are full of hazards that can cause further harm. If there was a fire, explosion, or machinery malfunction, you need to find a safe area to wait for help and prevent further injury.
Report what happened to the local authorities. Request emergency medical services to respond to the oil rig accident. Authorities can take pictures of the scene, obtain witness statements, and collect other evidence necessary for your claim.
Document the Scene
If possible, take photographs and make other records of the accident. If your injury is too debilitating to do so yourself, your personal injury lawyer can gather the evidence you need.
It’s helpful to write down your own account of what happened as soon as you can. Describe in detail the events leading up to the accident and the factors you believe contributed to it.
You can also take photos and talk to coworkers involved in the accident or who witnessed what happened. Although the personal injury law firm you retain can investigate and locate relevant evidence for you, the moments following the incident are crucial. Some of the evidence could become damaged or go missing, especially after an oil rig accident, so it’s important to try to preserve as much evidence as possible.
Contact a Lawyer
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing oil rig workers who’ve been injured on the job. We are one of the largest firms in Texas, and we are committed to helping Texas workers get the fair compensation they need and deserve.
Our consultations are always 100% free and confidential. When you hire us, we won’t collect anything until we help secure benefits for you. Call our offices or reach out to us online for your case evaluation today.
Douglas D. Ketterman is the originator and founder of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund where he currently serves as President and Managing Shareholder. Douglas has extensive experience in handling all types of civil litigation. He graduated with honors from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1989 and has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1998 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.