Oil is big business in Texas. Most Texans know this. Oil is big in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s big business here in South Texas. Working on an oil rig can produce good money, which is why many people choose to do it. However, it also has its’ downsides.
In the world of offshore oil drilling, the salaries for even entry-level positions range from $47,000 to $80,000 per year. More technical positions, such as Chief Electrician, and managerial positions, such as Installations Manager and Company Man, produce salaries of $83,000 to $160,000 per year. And that can be for working as little as six to nine months each year.
But there are issues. You can be away from home for 7, 14, or even 28 days at a time. The work is also physically demanding and can lead to injuries such as sprains, muscle pains, and severe fatigue; additional injuries result from falls, burns, chemical exposure, machinery malfunctions, and even explosions. So, it is not all sweetness and light.
Compensation Can Run Into Huge Amounts
If you work in the oil industry in Texas and suffer from an injury as a result, the compensation that you may be able to claim can run into huge amounts, depending upon the nature of the injuries. A serious fall, for instance, could mean that you will never be able to work again.
Of course, your employer will have insurance in place (as required by Texas law) to allow for exactly these sorts of situations, but this is where things can start to get difficult. It is why oil rig accidents and personal injury lawyers are often found in the same sentence!
Because insurance companies do not like to pay out. At the very least they will find as many excuses as they can to stall. But they will also try to find a reason – any reason – why you should not be entitled to compensation at all. So, if your injuries were caused by a fall, for example, they will try to insist that the fall was your own fault. Maybe you did not follow the appropriate safety rules. Maybe you had been drinking. Maybe anything, as long as it saves them paying you compensation!
This is why oil rig accidents and personal injury lawyers in Texas go together like steak and onions. If you have been injured working in the oil industry, you need to talk to us at Javier Villarreal Law Firm. We are based in Brownsville, Texas, but help with oil rig accident litigation all over the state. In fact, we’re known as one of the few South Texas oil rig accident law firms that’s not in Houston. Fighting insurance companies who do not want to pay compensation is what we do. And we are very good at winning. This is why we say oil rig accidents and personal injury lawyers go hand in hand, because we have been representing injured oil rig workers for years.
Not only that, but our oil rig accident lawyers won’t charge you a cent until we win. We work on a “no win, no fee” basis. What that means is that we will agree a fee with you, based on the amount of compensation that we recover, but you don’t pay a cent until you have got it! So, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose! If you live or work in Texas – from Brownsville to Houston, San Antonio to Galveston, and everywhere in between, call our legal team today.