Will Workers’ Comp Cover My Injuries on an Oil Rig?
Injuries are common on oil rigs due to the fast paced work environment, hazards from falling and tripping, and the dangerous chemicals, gases, and substances involved in your line of work. As such, workers’ compensation is an absolutely necessary financial tool for injured oil rig workers to use. Workers’ compensation will cover the cost of your medical expenses, transportation, and partial wage replacement for the short or long term. Recovering this workers’ compensation is always easier said than done, and an attorney is always necessary to ensure that you are treated fairly and compensated as such.
Common Accidents Suffered by Oil Rig Workers in the Gulf
Oil rig workplace accidents are on the rise as oil production increases, according to Equities. Furthermore, the Trump Administration recently rolled back safety regulations created in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, as The New York Times reports, which could have devastating impacts on oil rig workers and their families. Oil rig workers face a variety of dangers at work. These range from relatively minor overuse injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, to life-threatening accidents caused by burns or falls to lower levels. Below are some of the most common types of accidents that oil rig workers face:
- Struck by falling object;
- Slip, trip, and fall to the same level;
- Fall to a lower level;
- Overuse injury;
- Burns from flammable gases;
- Toxic exposure;
- Exposure to silica dust or particles, causing irritation or injury to the eyes, throat, and lungs;
- Caught in machinery;
- Injury from a handheld tool;
- Electrocution from wiring; and
- Exposure to loud noises resulting in hearing loss.
These accidents and forms of hazardous exposure result in the following injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Puncture wounds;
- Fractured limb bones;
- Fractured ribs;
- Degloved finger;
- Crushed hands or feet;
- Second and third degree burns;
- Blindness or vision loss;
- Deafness or hearing loss;
- Internal organ damage;
- Various illnesses caused by toxic substances;
- Torn ligaments;
- Bulging or herniated discs;
- Chronic low or mid back pain;
- Heat exhaustion; and
- Tendonitis, torn labrum, arthritis, tinnitus, and bursitis.
Injuries sustained at work are compensable whether you, another party, your employer were to blame, or it was a freak act of nature. However, in order to be compensated for your injuries, you must have medical evidence showing the severity of your injuries, as well as an ability to prove that they were caused at work. As such, it is important to immediately report injuries and illnesses to managers, and to quickly begin gathering medical evidence and supporting witness claims regarding your injury and when and how it occurred.
Our Houston Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Are Ready To Help You
Workers’ compensation will cover your medical expenses and part of your wages while you are recovering from your injuries. Benefits can be extended permanently if you are unable to return to work due to the disabling injuries you sustained. To get help today, call the oil rig attorneys of Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. at 713-221-6800.