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Dallas Oil Rig Leg and Foot Injury Lawyer
After facing a serious injury while working on an oil rig, you may be laid-up, unable to work. During this recovery period, you may need replacement wages to cover your medical expenses and continue to support your family while you get back on your feet. If you suffer a serious or permanent injury to your leg or foot, returning to work may be difficult or impossible.
After an injury like this, you should speak with an attorney for help seeking compensation. The Dallas oil worker foot and leg injury lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm may be able to file your case and fight to get you the compensation you need for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To schedule a free, confidential consultation on your potential case, contact our attorneys online or call us today at (817) 476-1797.
Common Foot and Leg Injuries for Offshore Oil Workers in Texas
Oil and natural gas workers face some of the highest rates of on-the-job injury. These kinds of jobs often require physical labor, use of heavy machinery, and other common dangers that could lead to serious injuries. Accidents on an oil rig can lead to substantial injuries to the leg and foot, such as the following:
Many roles on an oil rig require heavy lifting and carrying. If you drop something heavy on your foot, it could crush the bones and tissue in your foot, causing serious injury. If you get your pant leg or shoelace caught in the moving parts of a heavy machine, your leg could be physically pulled into the machinery, potentially crushing the bones and muscles in your leg. Serious crush injuries may be impossible to recover from, and you could lose the use of the limb.
Many traumatic amputations occur because of heavy machinery. While crush injuries may be common, full amputation is also possible if you get your foot or leg caught in the moving parts of heavy equipment. Even something as simple as dropping a heavy object on your foot could sever a toe or take a piece of your foot off. Steel-toed boots and other safety gear work to prevent these kinds of injuries, but they are not perfect. Other safety protocols and employee training are necessary to help ensure safety. Sometimes, amputations are not the result of trauma, but rather surgical amputation is necessary to treat serious injuries like crushing injuries.
Breaking a bone in your foot can occur if your foot is struck or pinned by another object. This can also occur in a fall or another serious accident. Breaking a bone in your leg is more difficult but is not unheard of in traumatic accidents. Recovering from a broken bone may require emergency medical treatment, surgery to reset the bone, and a long period of rest and rehabilitation.
How to Sue for Foot and Leg Injuries and Amputation Due to Oil Rig Disasters
If you work in the offshore oil industry, you may be immune from Texas law requirements for injured workers. These rules may limit how victims of job site injuries can seek compensation and may limit damages for lost wages and bar recovery of pain and suffering damages. However, under maritime laws like the Jones Act, injured offshore oil rig workers can usually sue the rig owner or their employer for negligence.
Negligence occurs when a party fails to use the proper care or skill or ignores standards they should have followed, and these errors led to your injuries. If you can prove in court that your employer or the owner of the oil ship or oil rig where you were injured did something wrong that led to your injuries, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries.
Before you can receive damages, you must also prove what those damages are. The law allows you to claim any damages that resulted from your physical injuries, including compensation for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and expenses you had to pay to adapt to life with the injury. Proving many of these damages is often as simple as bringing receipts and bills to court to demonstrate the costs you faced. However, proving future lost wages and reduced earning capacity or showing ongoing medical care costs might require help from experts who can project these costs.
Talk to an attorney about what damages you might be entitled to and how you can prove your case in court to get the compensation you and your family need.
Dallas Oil Worker Injury Lawyer Offering Free Consultations for Traumatic Leg and Foot Injuries
After a serious injury on an oil rig, call The Queenan Law Firm. Our oil rig foot and leg injury attorneys represent victims and their families and fight to get them the compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other harms. To schedule a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (817) 476-1797 or through this website.