Providing a wide range of high-quality legal representation
The oilfields can be a dangerous place to work. Some of the more common types of injuries that we have seen include, heavy equipment failures, fires and explosions, well blowouts, fracking accidents, and truck and vehicle accidents. When you are injured, it takes an experienced oilfield injury lawyer to properly evaluate your case and assert the proper claims against the proper parties. Mr. De Leon has experience representing clients who have suffered serious injuries in each of the following situations.
Scenario #1: injured client’s employer did not have worker’s compensation insurance, so I was able to sue my client’s employer for his injuries. This is generally known as a non-subscriber case. These cases have special rules and such rules are often more favorable to the employee.
Scenario #2: My client was injured at work, but his employer had worker’s compensation coverage, which prevented me from suing them. Instead, I brought a personal injury lawsuit against the operator of the worksite and the “company-man” for failure to properly supervise the dangerous work that was being performed and failing to enforce their own safety policies. These types of lawsuits can be brought against any third-party who may have caused or contributed to your injury. Examples of third parties that may be responsible for an oil field accident include the site operator, company man, independent contractors and subcontractors who are brought on-site to perform work for your employer, and other companies that have employees present at your job site.
Scenario #3: My client was hurt at an oil or gas well site as a result of defective equipment. I was able to bring a products liability lawsuit against the company that designed and made the machinery and the other contractor company who operated the equipment at the jobsite. Heavy machinery and work site equipment manufacturers are legally responsible for developing and producing equipment in a manner that will not cause foreseeable injuries to the people who use it. Operators of heavy machinery have a duty to operate the machinery in a safe and competent manner at all times and their employer has a duty to properly train them prior to use.
If you have been injured in an oilfield accident and either need representation or have questions regarding the merits of your case, I would love to speak with you.