Oil Field Accident Lawyers serving Bryan, San Antonio, Edinburg, Monterrey and surrounding areas
We help our clients get the best medical care available for their injuries, and just compensation for their damages.
Texas is the leading crude oil-producer in the nation, providing 22 percent of crude oil production in the U.S. and the industry employs roughly 2 million Texas workers. With energy demand at an all time high, so is the demand for oil and oilfield workers.
Oil Field Accidents and Explosions
While providing good paying jobs for hard working individuals, these jobs are unfortunately some of the most dangerous jobs anywhere. Oil field workers risk serious injury and even death on a daily basis. The overall injury and accident rate for oil field workers is much higher than for most other jobs and accident rates continue to rise.
From dramatic oil rig explosions to accidents involving an individual or small group of workers, relaxed safety standards and deferred maintenance are major causes and contributing factors. Many times, these accidents result from the negligence of companies and employers who use oil field workers to produce cheap energy and maximize profit.
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in an oil field related accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for injuries, pain and suffering and loss of income caused by the accident.
The Hernandez Law Firm is here to protect your rights and seek justice in your case. Contact our office to protect your interests and get the compensation you need to pay medical bills and other expenses due to loss of work and pain and suffering.
Injured in Oilfield Accident or Explosion?
- Stop working immediately
- Report your injury to a supervisor as soon as possible
- Demand immediate medical treatment for your injury at a doctor of your choice
- Refuse to provide any formal statement
- Do not sign ANY documents
- Do not accept ANY money relating to your injury
- Contact an experienced Oil Field Accident Lawyer to review your case as soon as possible
Don’t Depend on Your Employer
Companies are in business to maximize profit. Regardless of policies and procedures relating to accidents and injuries, it is always in the best interest of a company to deny responsibility and liability for accidents and pay you as little as possible to settle your injury.
Companies will take extreme measures to avoid or diminish liability in an accident. They can blame the worker to shift liability, attempt to minimize the severity of the injury, use your written, spoken or recorded statements against you, etc. There is no way to fully recognize how your actions may affect your case, so it is always best to consult with an experienced attorney to better understand the specifics of the accident or situation that caused your injury.
Oil Refinery Accidents
Oil refinery accidents have extreme environmental and economic consequences. In addition, workers may be injured, disabled and even killed in these disasters. Most of the time, the results of injuries sustained in oil refinery accidents will affect victims and their families for the remainder of their lives.
Compensation may be awarded to victims for damages caused after a refinery accident. These damages may include, but are not limited to injuries, property damage, loss of work and ability to earn income in the future, and pain and suffering.
Oil refinery accidents that result in personal injury to a refinery or oil field worker makes returning to work difficult and may cause significant financial issues that multiply due to the inability to pay for medical costs and living expenses. When this happens, accepting a quick settlement may seem like the best option. However, most of the time these settlements will amount to far less than the true value of your claim.
The Hernandez Law Firm will fight for your rights to get you the settlement you deserve!
When Injured in an Oil Filed Accident You have a right to recover for your damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost capacity to earn a living
- Other reasonable and necessary damages
Our job is to make sure you get a full and fair recovery!
Most Oilfield accident cases involve insurance companies, either your own, your employer's or another party who is liable in the accident. We help our clients understand and evaluate all available options and make the right decisions based on their best interests, not the best interests of insurance companies and employers.
The insurance company of the party at fault will be responsible for paying any settlement or verdict, and they will hire their own attorney to defend the case almost immediately. To protect your own interests, it is essential that you hire an experienced attorney to build your case on your behalf. At Hernandez Law Firm, we understand how insurance companies operate and we are experts at building cases that make insurance companies pay victims fairly for their injuries and damages.
Insurance companies are businesses, and they will only offer fair compensation when they are faced with a case that is prepared properly by an attorney who is ready for trial and has experience trying injury cases in court.
When a case is prepared properly, insurance companies understand that a competent trial attorney will be more than happy to let a jury determine fair compensation for an accident victim.
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How We Handle Your Case
No Upfront Cost and No Fee Unless We Win. There is never a fee unless we win your case. Accidents happen when we least expect them and most victims are not financially prepared for such an emergency. Depending on your injuries, medical expenses can add up quickly, while getting compensated for a case can happen slowly, leaving victims in a difficult situation and desperate for compensation. This often leads to victims accepting far less than their case is worth and prevents them from getting the just compensation they deserve.
When you hire The Hernandez Law Firm, we are invested in your case from the start. We work for you exclusively on a contingency fee basis. That means we put in our time, effort, and resources to build your case and work with medical professionals to postpone payment until a settlement or verdict is reached. In most cases, you will not be immediately charged for your medical costs and our firm will not receive any fee unless we win or settle your case.
Gather All The Evidence. We start every case by gathering all the available evidence, including witnesses, physical evidence, accident scene pictures and video whenever possible. We also speak directly to responding and investigating officers and bring in experts if necessary, to understand the details of the accident.
We also gather evidence about your damages, including talking to doctors so we understand your injuries in detail and your future prognosis regarding your injuries. In addition, we gather evidence of wage losses and lost earning capacity, as well as any other form of loss that may apply to your specific case. We are experts at gathering the evidence required to build a powerful case and preparing it to present in trial so that a jury can understand and make a fair determination if the case goes to trial.
Medical Attention. At Hernandez Law Firm, we believe in getting our clients the best medical attention possible for their injuries, as well as just compensation for their damages. After handling hundreds of cases, we are familiar with minor and severe injuries and have numerous doctors in all specialties who we trust to refer our clients.
We want you to get the best medical care while exploring the best options for your recovery, all while keeping the important evidence that comes from doctor's reports in mind as we build your case.
Calculate Damages. In order to receive just compensation for your damages, we must be able to prove those damages. Damages include past and future medical expenses, lost wages and earnings, decreased earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, and any other loss related to the accident.
We thoroughly review your lifestyle prior to and after the accident to ensure that damages are accurately calculated and we seek the maximum damages that you should be entitled. Our trial attorneys know how to present your damages to a jury in trial, if necessary.
Negotiate With The Defense. After we have gathered all the evidence and facts and calculated your damages, we will begin negotiating with the defense. Negotiating with the defense can be a very difficult and frustrating experience if you do not have experience with this process. Insurance companies are not willing to pay compensation unless they are forced to, so they will take every opportunity to pay you the least amount possible. Our firm generally files a lawsuit on our client's behalf and begins preparing for trial as soon as we begin a case. Filing a lawsuit right away sends a signal to the insurance company that they need to take this matter seriously. However, many times, insurance companies will offer minimal compensation even for severe injuries and damages. We do the best we can to negotiate, but at some point, negotiations cease and we move towards trial.
Go To Trial. Most of the time, personal injury cases settle, sometimes on the courthouse steps, so to speak, other times once evidence is presented. However, not every case can be settled with fair compensation because the insurance company does not believe their insured is at fault, or the case is as valuable as you do.
This is why it is extremely important to have a lawyer that has experience trying cases and is willing, ready, and able to do so on your behalf. Insurance companies are well aware of who they are up against and they treat any settlement offers accordingly. If your lawyer is not experienced at trying cases, the insurance company will not take your case as seriously as they would if you hire an experienced trial attorney from the start.
We Take Accidents Seriously
Our personal injury lawyers take oilfield accidents very seriously. Our firm is dedicated to getting you just compensation for your damages and will aggressively pursue your case from beginning to end, even if that requires a trial to verdict.
We recognize that oilfield accidents often have tragic consequences that affect the injured victim, their families and loved ones in many ways and potentially for the rest of their lives. Most people don't recognize that even minor accidents can cause significant physical injuries as well as psychological trauma that deserves just compensation, the same as any other accident.
The truth is that all accidents are likely to have a financial burden on the victim and their family. From immediate medical costs, lost income from time off work or the inability of the victim to operate their business effectively, these are just the beginning in many cases.
The cost of additional loss of future earnings and medical care along with equipment that might be necessary for a long-term recovery all add up and place a significant burden on most accident victims.
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The Hernandez Law Firm provides practical solutions for our clients legal problems. The law firm has built its success by being responsive to client concerns and applying hard work with integrity to find creative legal solutions.