Oil fields are some of the most dangerous workplaces in the country, with accidents occurring regularly (compared to other industries) and often are catastrophic. This is due to the amount of heavy machinery and combination of high stakes and complicated tasks that need to be done on a daily basis. Any mistake can lead to a serious injury, or even death.
Common Causes of Refinery Injuries
Refinery injuries can be caused by mechanical failures, poor management, worker errors, improper training, or a variety of other factors. No matter the specific cause, it is the responsibility of the company managing the refinery to ensure it is a safe work environment. When they fail to do so, they are responsible for compensating the damages of their injured employees. Some of the most common incidents that result in injuries include:
- Railing failures
- Falling objects
- Improperly stored hazardous materials
- Insufficient safety gear provided
Common Refinery Injuries
Due to the highly dangerous nature of common refinery accidents, common injuries are often severe to catastrophic. This means that injuries sustained are often life threatening, permanent, and/or fatal. These injuries include:
- Broken and crushed bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Hearing loss
- Respiratory damage
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Neck/spine injuries
- Cuts or lacerations
Damages Available in Refinery Injury Cases
If you have been injured in a refinery accident you are owed compensation. And your compensation shouldn’t stop with your medical bills. After an accident, your employer is responsible for any costs incurred by the injury, which includes hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and more. In the case of a wrongful death, they are responsible for covering medical costs, funeral costs, and compensation for lost future wages. Your recovery should be made as easy as possible, but unfortunately not many employers or insurance companies want to ensure that’s the case.
Finding a Louisiana Refinery Accident Lawyer
The best way to ensure you are given the full compensation you are owed is by hiring a qualified attorney. Your lawyer will work with you to understand your situation and fight for your full recovery. If you are located in the Ponchatoula, Hammon, or Slidell area, please don’t hesitate to contact the Parker Layrisson Law Firm. Our team of experienced legal professionals are ready to listen to your case and provide the defense you deserve. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.