Spinal Cord Injuries
The oil and gas industry turned a new corner when it discovered a new, innovative method to extract oil that combined horizontal drilling and horizontal fracturing. This technique was able to reach previously unattainable petroleum and led to a flurry of activity throughout south Texas. Unfortunately, the techniques involved in the extraction of the oil can quickly lead to severe accidents if the equipment is not properly manipulated and in freak situations. If you or a loved one were severely injured in an oil and gas accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
The spinal cord, as the highway of the body, serves a vital role in the body’s functions and carries signals back and forth between the body and the brain. Any damage to the spinal cord, whether large or small, can have a devastating impact on the victim’s ability to carry on with normal activities. Spinal cord injuries disrupt the ability of the body to send signals to the brain.
Spinal cord injuries are often categorized between complete spinal cord injuries and incomplete spinal cord injuries. Complete spinal cord injuries involve injuries so severe that the cord cannot send signals below the level of injury, thereby resulting in paralysis. Incomplete spinal cord injuries result in some movement and sensation below the level of injury. Treatment for any spinal cord injury must begin immediately after the accident and can extend for years after the injury. Oil and gas accidents unfortunately can frequently lead to spinal cord injuries, given the amount of heavy machinery and equipment which must be utilized for daily activities.
Recovery After Oil and Gas Accidents
Workers injured in the oil and gas industry have several options available in filing claims for damages. Some workers may be covered by the state worker’s compensation statute. However, states like Texas do not require a company to maintain worker’s compensation insurance.
Workers who were injured in an offshore oil rig accident may bring a claim under federal maritime law. The majority of workers will choose to bring a claim under general state personal injury laws. In filing a personal injury claim, a victim may bring the following in damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Spinal cord injuries are very severe injuries that leave a lasting impact on the victim’s life. Many victims of accidents which result in spinal cord injuries are paralyzed for the remainder of their life and are unable to return to their job. The negligent employer should be held responsible for their actions leading to the accident, and an experienced attorney will assist you in drafting a claim.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have received a spinal cord injury in an oil and gas accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting his clients with their oil and gas injury claims. Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to an individual and can involve a complete life change. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.