Texas oil field accidents occur more frequently than any other type of workplace accident. According to OSHA, during 2012, 66 people lost their lives in an oil field accident. While this number is frightening enough, the number of other injuries is even more staggering.
Texas oil field accidents
2012 was the last year we have viable statistics for oil field accidents. Some of the statistics include:
- Amputation injuries – 79 people lost a limb in an oil field accident
- Crushing injuries – 82 people were crushed in oil field accident
- Broken bones – 675 work-related broken bones were attributed to oil field workers
- Burn injuries – 92 workers suffered burns during 2012
Unfortunately, nearly 40% of these workers were in Texas and many of them were unable to return to their previous jobs. This means there are hundreds of people who are depending on an insurance company to treat them right and ensure they get the medical care and financial support they need after an oil field accident.
Insurance company rebellion is not new
Before someone can understand why an insurance company rejects claims it is important to understand these are for-profit companies. Insurance companies have conflicting missions: To provide those who purchase policies with coverage after an accident and to protect their shareholders by paying fewer claims. For injured workers, this means they are likely to have to fight tooth and nail to get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. It also means family members of those workers who are killed on the job have to fight hard to get compensation also.
Fighting back against the big guys
Oftentimes, those who are injured in workplace accident or their surviving family members are uncertain what to do when an insurance company offers a settlement. Too often, insurers offer what appears to be a low settlement in order to force victims and their families to settle. However, if you contact an oil field accident attorney, you may find you are able to secure a larger settlement.
No amount of money can compensate a family for the death of a loved one or a victim who has lost a limb due to an oil field accident. However, having sufficient money to keep your finances healthy can help ease some of the pain and fear. If you or a loved one was injured or lost their lives in an oil field accident, contact Childs Bishop & White P.C. for help. Keep in mind, your consultation is free and if we are not able to secure a settlement for your case, you do not owe us a fee.