Protecting Your Rights After An Oil Field Accident Is Crucial
When someone is injured or killed in an oil field accident, the family members often find themselves facing a corporate machine. After the accident, there is usually a period of time when the oil company controls all information coming from the field. They may also attempt to control the investigation.
At McKnight and McKnight Law, APC, in Bakersfield, our California personal injury lawyers will help you stand up to large corporations. If you or a loved one has been harmed at the Fruitvale oil field or another location in the San Joaquin Valley, call us at 661-578-5669 for a free case evaluation. You can email us if you prefer.
Why You Need An Attorney Now
Following a serious accident at an oil field, the victims usually start out about three steps behind the oil company. It often takes the active involvement of an attorney to uncover and preserve the facts about how the accident happened. Oil company management tends to close ranks quickly after an accident. Injured parties may feel threatened and intimidated.
Sadly, oil field injuries are often so severe the injured party may not be able to return to work. Oil field workers operate heavy machines with incendiary fluids moving under high pressure or at extreme temperatures. Injuries are often devastating and may include:
- Broken bones
- Amputations of fingers or limbs
- Traumatic brain injury
Some injured workers may be left with permanent scars or disfigurement. Their lives may never be the same.
Many injured parties put off talking to a lawyer, hoping that the insurance company will take care of them. However, your injury or wrongful death claim will be handled by an insurance company that is only concerned about limiting the amount of money it has to pay you. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that crucial evidence you need to prove your case will be lost.
What Caused Your Injury?
There are numerous dangers on an oil field. Workers are often injured by:
- Defective equipment
- Vehicle accidents
- Electrical hazards
- Contact with heavy machinery
These are some of the most common reasons for oil field injuries, but it is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about your injury, please contact us.