Like construction workers and farm workers, oilfield and oil rig workers face significant risks every day on the job. Unfortunately, North Dakota is a notoriously dangerous place for oil and gas industry workers when compared to national statistics. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, in 2019, oil and gas worker deaths accounted for 8% of all occupational fatalities in the state.
For injured oilfield workers and the families of those wrongfully killed in the oilfield and oil rig accidents, moving forward can be exceedingly difficult. Those involved in these types of accidents are likely to sustain catastrophic injuries, affecting everything from their ability to return to work and earn a living to their ability to care for themselves and manage everyday tasks.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we understand how challenging it is to get back on your feet after a serious oilfield or rig accident or injury. We recognize the inherent nuances in these types of cases, and we have more than 100 years of experience in helping injured workers recover just compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Common Oilfield & Rig Accidents
Due to the nature of the job, oilfield and oil rig workers are susceptible to numerous workplace hazards and on-the-job accidents.
Some of the most common oilfield and oil rig accidents include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falls to lower levels
- Being struck by falling objects
- Explosions and fires
- Equipment failure
- Machinery accidents
- Structure collapses
- Well blowouts
- Toxic exposure
- Crush accidents
- Being caught between objects
These and other common oilfield and rig accidents can lead to devastating injuries, such as:
- Arm and hand injuries
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Hearing loss
- Internal bleeding
- Leg and foot injuries
- Neck injuries
- Organ damage
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Wrongful death
Often, these injuries lead to temporary or permanent disability and life-threatening medical conditions. Sadly, many oilfield and rig workers die as a result of their injuries. If you or a loved one has had a situation occur such as an oilfield toxic exposure, contact our attorneys in North Dakota today.
Damages Available In An Oilfield Accident Case
Like others injured in workplace accidents, injured oilfield and oil rig workers are often covered by workers’ compensation. Under this no-fault system, you can recover benefits for specific losses—such as medical expenses, lost wages, and disability—without having to prove that your employer or another party was negligent or acted wrongfully. In exchange, you cannot typically sue your employer after a work-related injury or accident.
However, there are some circumstances in which it is not only possible but necessary to file a third-party work injury claim against another negligent party. Workers’ compensation does not cover the full cost of your lost income, nor does it provide benefits for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. To recover for these types of damages, you will need to bring a third-party lawsuit against a liable entity. These claims are essentially standard personal injury claims, meaning you will need to prove that another party owed you a duty of care and that you were injured because of the other party’s breach of the duty of care.
It may be appropriate to bring a third-party work injury claim after an oilfield or oil rig accident when an entity other than your employer is partially or wholly liable for the event that caused your injuries or the death of your loved one. Examples include cases involving faulty machinery or equipment, criminal acts, and defective products, among others.
Serving Injured Workers Since 1909
For more than 100 years, Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of injured individuals and families throughout North Dakota. We have extensive experience handling complex and nuanced oilfield accidents and oil rig injury cases such as oilfield burns. Our attorneys understand the challenges you are up against, and they know how to overcome them and secure the fair compensation you deserve.
After a serious accident or the death of your loved one, reach out to our North Dakota oilfield accident lawyers to learn how we can fight for you. We have offices located in Minot and Grand Forks and proudly serve clients throughout the entire state with compassionate, client-focused representation. We strive to maximize our clients’ recoveries, helping them obtain the fair compensation they need to move forward and heal.