The oil and gas industry has resulted in a boom for states along the Gulf Coast, as offshore oil rigs have proliferated and new drilling techniques have led to further explorations in areas previously unreachable. However, along with this boom in activity comes the unfortunate side effect of accidents and worker injuries. Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe injuries a worker may receive while on and oil rig and can have a devastating impact on their future. If you or a loved one received an injury resulting in paraplegia, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
Paraplegia refers to the incomplete or complete paralysis of the legs and trunk area of the body after a spinal cord injury. Injuries to the thoracic vertebrae in the middle of the back often lead to paraplegia, which affects the trunk and legs. Most individuals retain normal functions of their arms and legs.
The severity of the injury will determine the level of mobility the victim has after an accident. Many victims of an injury leading to paraplegia will have complete loss of their lower limbs and even their trunk. However, some individuals may be able to get around through the use of leg braces and a walker. However, in either scenario, the individual will be unable to return to work in an industry that requires ongoing manual labor, such as the oil and gas industry.
Recovery after Accidents
Living with paraplegia is often difficult to adjust to. The lasting repercussions of a devastating oil and gas accident will require months or even years of medical treatment and ongoing assistance for many as they adjust to life as a paraplegic.
An injured worker is entitled to file a claim for damages against their employer. The employer is generally responsible for ensuring all employees are properly trained to manage dangerous equipment and is responsible for ensuring all equipment is up to the safety codes. Failure to properly facilitate these activities in the oil and gas industry can have dangerous results, leading to severe injuries.
A claim for damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Paraplegia is not something that can be easily remedied by a few weeks in the hospital. Most individuals will have to go through the rest of their life with this injury and will have to adjust to life without the full use of their lower limbs. The employer should therefore be held accountable for their actions in failing to secure the safety of their employees. An experienced oil and gas attorney will be able to assist you in determining the appropriate damages for the claim.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in an oil and gas accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling personal injury claims stemming from devastating accidents. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.