Working on an oil rig in an oil field is a very challenging job, and there are inherent risks of injury. Some safety precautions should be taken, such as wearing protective gear at all time, using respirators if around noxious gasses, and always staying connected to fall protection harnesses. However, accidents and injuries can still happen if even if all safety precautions are taken. If you are injured in an oil rig accident, take the following steps:
Notify Your Supervisor
Immediately following an injury on an oil rig, it is important to notify the supervisor of the incident. The accident and injury should be documented-- make sure that you ask for a copy of the accident report to keep for your records.
Seek Medical Care
Oil rig injuries can be quite serious, so you should see a doctor as soon as possible for treatment. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need to take time off work while you recover. Follow your doctor's directions carefully, and don't return to work until you are cleared to do so.
Gathering evidence can greatly help your case after an oil rig injury. If possible, use a camera to take photos of the accident site from several different angles. It is also a good idea to take pictures of your injuries immediately after the accident and during the healing process.
Collect Witness Statements
If your injury occurred during a normal shift when other employees were around, take the time to ask them for their account of what they saw when you were injured. In addition to asking for statements, also make sure that you have their full name and their contact information.
Contact a Lawyer
When you are injured on an oil rig while on the clock, you are entitled to compensation. The best way to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve is by hiring a lawyer who is experienced in oil rig injury cases. Your lawyer will be able to use all of the evidence that you collected to build a case on your behalf.
At the minimum, you should be entitled to a workers compensation insurance settlement that covers the cost of your medical care and lost wages. But if your injury occurred due to the negligence of the oil company, your lawyer may be able to secure you a much bigger settlement since the injuries were not your fault.