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If you’ve been hurt working in an oil field, what can you seek compensation for?
This Quick Question features Grant Lawson, an attorney with Metier Law Firm in Casper, Wyoming. In this Quick Question, he explains that oil workers can receive compensation for oil field injuries due to a variety of damages, including physical injuries, medical costs, and emotional trauma.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-634-7366 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Economic damages include past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages, as well as other damages to which it is relatively easy to calculate the financial worth of. However, non-economic damages are just as important, if harder to quantify.
Non-economic damages include things such as loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, disgurement, disability, and more. Economic and non-economic damages can be sought after any kind of accident, but it can be difficult to know what kind of damages you are eligible for without speaking to an attorney.
Oil field accident attorneys are well-versed in these situations and might be able to identify damages that you weren’t aware existed at first. Additionally, these attorneys have access to resources that can help quantify the value of your non-economic damages. This can help the victim of an accident recognize what a fair settlement would look like, or if their case needs to go to trial to obtain the compensation they deserve.
These damages are intended to punish the at-fault party, hopefully offering enough motivation to prevent the responsible party from making the same mistake again and allowing another person to be hurt. Punitive damages are not available in every state, but might be available in an oil field injury case.
If the conduct of an employer was grossly negligent in regards to workers’ safety, they could be charged with punitive damages in addition to the economic and non-economic damages of a victim’s case. These damages are intended to encourage a stricter adherence to safety regulations in the future to prevent similar situations from occurring. However, punitive damages are not available in every case; oil field injury cases are inherently complex.
With so many parties involved and specific laws surrounding the oil field injury, it’s a good idea to talk to an oil field accident attorney before moving forward with your case. Not only will an experienced oil field accident attorney be able to help you identify all the compensable damages in your case, they will also be able to identify and obtain essential evidence to support your claim. Additionally, the majority of these attorneys work on contingency, which means you won’t have to pay a penny unless and until they win your case.
To learn more, contact Grant Lawson directly by calling 888-634-7366 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
This is a Quick Question from AskTheLawyers.com. If you're injured working in an oil field and you file a lawsuit, what kind of damages can you get? We ask Wyoming attorney Grant Lawson.
You have your economic damages, which includes the loss of wages, the amount of money you're out from not being able to work, your medical expenses for everything you've been through, not only past, but in the future. If you have future medical expenses, you're gonna be incurring, and then everything that you've suffered from in terms of pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, disfigurement, things along those lines. Disability, those are all damages. And then there's also a separate category of what we call damages as punitive damages, or damages to punish somebody. If the conduct was severe in respect that people were disregarding known safety hazards, a company or individuals can be held accountable for punitive damages for those types of events. And so it's important that you have somebody really specialize in this area, can really look at the law, completely look into the facts and do the hard work and investigation to find out what happened and why, and whether those types of damages are available.
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