Oil Field / Industrial Question & Answers
1. Who will pay the doctor’s bills and my loss of income if I am in an oilfield/industrial accident?
Typically, workers’ compensation will pay for medical bills and loss of income. The fact that you are receiving workers’ compensation does not necessarily preclude you from bringing a claim against the responsible party. It is very important that you understand your rights and options. You should not assume anything. That is why it is very important that you speak with an attorney at Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. who handles oilfield/industrial accidents.
2. Is an investigation needed in an oilfield/industrial accident case?
Yes. In most situations, when an oilfield/industrial accident occurs, the responsible company will perform an investigation immediately after the accident. This puts the injured person at a possible disadvantage. It is important that you retain an experienced oilfield/industrial attorney who has the resources to immediately investigate the case.
3. What damages can be recovered in an oilfield/industrial accident injury or death case?
An injured person may be entitled to recover all of his or her past and future medical expenses; past and future loss of income; past and future pain, suffering, and emotional distress. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant.
4. How much money is my case worth?
Your case is worth either what you agree with the insurance company the case is worth or the amount of cash awarded by a judge or jury. We examine all of the conditions surrounding your case in order to arrive at a figure that we believe the insurance company must pay for your injuries. Generally, the dollar value is dependent upon the type and extent of your injuries and damages. Other factors influencing the dollar value of your case is the amount of medical bills, length of treatment, frequency of treatment, future medical bills, permanent disabilities and other damages that can be documented. We study every detail so that we can recover all damages that our clients are deserving.
5. How long will it take to get a fair and reasonable settlement offer?
These cases can vary in length from months to even years in some instances. Typically, you will get paid after you have healed from your injuries and have been released by the doctor. This is the best way you can be assured of receiving full compensation for your injuries. Of course, this does not apply if your loved one has been killed as a result of an oilfield/industrial accident. Regardless of what type of case it is, we constantly do everything we can to move your case forward towards resolution.
6. Will I have to go to court?
If the insurance company agrees to pay what we believe your case is worth and you wish to settle for that amount, then your case will not go to court. This is what happens in most situations. Some cases do require a formal trial proceeding, however. In either situation, hiring a firm like Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. with experience in handling personal injury cases is critical. We prepare all of our cases as if they are going to court and this is the very reason why most of our cases get settled outside of court.
We are always prepared, and our preparation allows us to negotiate from a position of strength, helping you get the maximum award for your injuries. We cannot settle any case without the client’s consent. Thus, you will be the one who ultimately decides whether to settle or go to court. No lawsuit will be filed without your consent. We will, of course, counsel you and make our recommendations, but you will make the final decisions.
7. Who can file a lawsuit in an oilfield/industrial accident case causing injury or death?
Anyone who is injured or who has had a family member killed in an oilfield/industrial accident case can file a lawsuit. This includes adults and children by way of their guardian.
8. Who would normally be sued in an oilfield/industrial accident case?
Anyone who is at fault for the accident. It is not uncommon for there to be multiple people or companies to be at fault.