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Workplace Injury

The Almaraz Law Firm has extensive experience helping those who have been injured on the job. We can help you understand complex issues relating to workers compensation benefits and third-party claims. Injuries occurring on the job often result in a number of practical and legal issues that must be handled properly in order to help the injured worker recover, take care of his family, and get back to work in some capacity.

WORKPLACE/OIL FIELD INJURIES

Some workplaces are dangerous. Each year, nearly three million workplace-related injuries and illnesses are reported, and likely many more occur and are not reported. Defective equipment, employee negligence, improper safety equipment, toxic substances, and more can cause workplace injuries.

Remedies for occupational injuries and illnesses can be covered by workers compensation insurance. The Almaraz Law Firm has the experience to determine if a potential personal injury lawsuit against other worksite contractors and product manufacturers exists.

OILFIELD

Oilfield accidents have become a fact of daily life in South Texas. As the Eagle Ford Shale boom continues, the demand for workers continues to rise. Oilfield work is very hazardous, with a high rate of injuries and fatalities.  According to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) accident reports from 2008-12, oil and gas field services and drilling workers are killed on the job more than any other profession in Texas.  Most of these injuries result from employees being forced to do jobs without enough workers to safely complete the job, insufficient training in the job to be done, a failure to provide the job with adequate tools and equipment, a lack of safety procedures or a failure to follow established safety principles, or workers simply being forced to rush or work in unsafe conditions because of the demands of their supervisors.  Some of the injuries resulting from these unsafe working conditions in the area of oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, storage and refining include:

  • Explosion accidents
  • Pipeline blowouts
  • Falls from oil derricks
  • Machinery malfunctions
  • Gas leaks
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Unenforced safety procedures

Although your employer may have workers’ compensation, many of these events events and injuries involve the actions of “third parties”.  It is important to determine whether you have valid claims against others for inadequate employee training, improper equipment maintenance, inadequate equipment, inadequate safety programs, and other deficiencies.

REFINERY ACCIDENTS

When workers are injured in a refinery explosion or other plant accident, the results are often devastating and even fatal. Refinery workers are exposed to occupational hazards every day. While the inherent nature of refinery operations is dangerous, the dangers increase exponentially when companies force workers to rush, putting profits ahead of safety.

OFFSHORE ACCIDENTS

Jones Act claims, longshoreman claims and/ or offshore injury cases can be complicated and require experience to hold offending employers or other contractors liable for carelessness and neglect. Our attorneys represent injured workers and their families in serious injury and wrongful death claims governed by the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA), and related maritime laws. Not all lawyers have the experience and knowledge needed to handle these cases. At The Almaraz Law Firm, we do, and we act swiftly to bring you the relief you need.