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Dealing with injuries after an oil platform accident

While the oil industry has made enormous strides in safety in the past decades, some danger is inherent when working with large machinery and volatile materials. Oil companies are required by numerous federal laws and industry regulations to minimize safety issues with strong policies and training, but accidents do happen. When those accidents occur, oilfield workers are often covered under workers' compensation plans.

One of the biggest fears of someone with a family member in the oilfield is an explosion or fire, and while those are real dangers in the industry, they don't account for the majority of the workplace injuries experienced by oil workers. From 2010 through 2014, 37 percent of injuries occurring in the industry were related to a worker being struck by an object or piece of machinery.

Other common reasons for accidents in the field included falls from an elevated surface, falling on the same level due to tripping or other incident, Accidents involving moving vehicles, including delivery or transport vehicles, also account for some injuries in the industry.

Compensation and coverage for workers in the oilfield is different than in other fields. Because of the nature of the work performed in the field, basic workers' compensation insurance isn't the only coverage that might come into play. Some workers might be covered under admiralty law or the Jones Act. Understanding what type of claims you should file after an incident is just the first step to recovery and compensation.

Sometimes, companies might balk at a claim, especially if they believe for some reason that the injury occurred outside of work duties. Our firm works with you to see a claim through and uncover and present evidence when necessary that a claim is work-related.

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