Third Party Work Injuries
When injuries occur at multi-employer worksites, like on a commercial or residential construction site or in the oilfield, work injuries can be caused by the negligence of a “third party” on the worksite. The “third party” responsible for your injury may be an employee of another contractor or dangers created by a different company or contractor at the worksite. You may be entitled to bring a non-subscriber claim or receive workers’ compensation benefits from your employer and file a third party injury claim against the responsible company.
Construction Site Injuries
Injuries on construction sites are common. Often, an employee of a subcontractor gets injured due to the negligence of another subcontractor or the general contractor on the site. Our office has years of experience representing injured workers and innocent bystanders due to accidents on construction job sites. Even if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance and your medical care has been paid for, you may have rights against third parties that caused your injury.
Section 1926 of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates construction work sites and dictates the minimum safety measures an employer needs to take in the construction industry. Our office is very familiar with OSHA and its standards and keeps in constant contact with experts in the field that stand ready to help us analyze and evaluate your case. We have successfully represented clients involved in forklift injuries, scaffolding accidents, ladder accidents, construction machinery accidents, loader tractor accidents, bobcat tractor accidents, excavator accidents, and other heavy machinery accidents.
If you have been injured on a construction site, consult with our office to determine if you have a claim against your employer or any third party for your injuries.
Similar to construction accidents, oilfield accidents occur frequently. Oil and gas drilling is dangerous and fast-paced with workers working long hours on or near large, complex machinery, often in adverse conditions. If you have been injured on the job as an oil field worker in Texas, you are not necessarily limited to only receive benefits through your employers’ workers’ compensation insurance, which is often capped and does not fully compensate you for your injuries.
Typically, there are many contractors at an oil or gas drilling site. While you cannot ordinarily sue your own employer if it has workers’ compensation insurance, if the negligence or intentional acts of someone else or another company caused the accident, you may have a claim against them for additional damages to cover your losses.
The Espinoza Law Firm, PLLC represents roustabouts, roughnecks, tool pushers, drillers, oil field truck drivers and other oil industry workers throughout Texas involving oilfield injuries like:
- Falls from heights or slip and falls
- Fires and explosions
- Collapsed rigs
- On-the-job truck accidents
- Defective machinery injuries
- Electrocution/Electrical shock
- Toxic fumes exposure
We are familiar with the catastrophic injuries common in oilfield accidents, including death, severe burns, herniated spinal discs, broken bones and shoulder injuries. Our legal team fights to obtain a maximum recovery for families who tragically lost loved ones in fatal oilfield accidents or suffered severe injuries. We promptly investigate evidence to understand factors that led to catastrophic and even fatal oilfield injuries. The personal injury attorneys at our firm often consult oilfield safety experts, product engineers, and accident reconstruction specialists to determine negligence. We look for indications that state laws, federal OSHA safety regulations ,or company and industry safety policies were intentionally violated or poorly enforced.