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Common Injuries from Oil Field Accidents

All kinds of workers are vulnerable to workplace accidents and injuries. Even office workers, who seem to be in safe office buildings, may be hurt because of defective escalators and elevators, fires from overheating office equipment, and electric shocks from overloaded wiring systems.

But it can be said that some workers are more vulnerable than others, such as oil field workers. According to the website of Brunkenhoefer P.C., oil field injuries can be sustained from various oil field accidents, like explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals, falls from oil derricks, gas leaks, malfunctioning machinery or equipment, and pipeline blowouts. But what exactly are the injuries that can be sustained?

Amputations

Oil field workers use tools and heavy machines that can potentially cut off body parts due to malfunction or improper use. In improper use, the workers may be at fault, but in a malfunction, employers, supervisors, inspectors, and maintenance providers may be held liable. The worst thing about amputations is that they are generally permanent injuries.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

The brain and the spinal cord can receive serious traumatic force during falling accidents, especially because oil field workers are frequently in elevated places. The worst traumatic brain injuries result into severe physical and cognitive problems, like unbearable headaches, vomiting, and difficulty speaking and understanding speech. The worst spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, result into paralysis.

Burns

Oil field workers inherently deal with strong substances such as chemicals and oils. These substances may cause burns, through direct contact, explosion, or fire ignition. The bad thing about burns is that they don’t just damage the skin. Depending on their severity, they may also damage the nerves, muscles, and bones.

Fractures

Bones can break if they receive sufficient force, and that is exactly what they get when workers slip because of oil and violently fall onto the ground, get hit by pipes and rigs, or fall from elevated places. The body parts that are most vulnerable to fractures are the hand and arm, foot and leg, hip and pelvis, and the shoulder and back.

Workplace Accidents: Receiving Workers’ Compensation for a Work-Related Injury

It is in the very nature of accidents to be unpredictable, but this unpredictability becomes compounded when individuals take part in risky activities. For people working in some of the most dangerous industries, the threat that an accident may occur is part of their daily routine. Workers in construction, mining, and manufacturing often find themselves in situations leaving them vulnerable to serious injury. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, some of the most common accidents that occur in these workplaces include slips, trips, and falls from certain heights, as well as toxic substance exposure and electrocution.

While accidents in less hazardous workplaces may not always lead to anything serious, most of the ones that occur in construction sites and similarly dangerous workplaces do cause very alarming consequences. These are known to lead to serious medical conditions like brain trauma, spinal cord damage, amputations, and third-degree burns. Many of these consequences can leave victims unable to return to work and earn a living. They’re left with no source of income as their medical bills continue to mount. The problem is even more complicated for workers that support their family. Even minor injuries can leave workers vulnerable and financially burden for some time, since conditions like carpal tunnel or bone fractures also require lengthy recovery times.

Whatever the case, workers suffering from injuries caused by workplace accidents are meant to receive proper financial assistance through workers’ compensation benefits. Individuals in these situations are mandated by both federal and individual state legislations to receive payments that can help with the financial concerns brought about their accident and injury. If you have been injured due to a workplace accident, the lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC advice you to consult with a legal professional experienced with labor law cases in your area.