Midland Injury Lawyer
4500 W Illinois Ave #203
Midland, Texas 79703
Midland’s booming economy has led to an unemployment rate that has
hovered in the 2% range for most of 2018. It should come as no surprise
learn that much of the demand for labor comes from the energy, transportation,
and construction sectors of the local and regional economy.
In the Midland area, most accidental injuries fall into one or more general
Crude oil and natural gas exploration
There is an old oil patch saying that “You can’t drill for
oil until you know where to find it.” Since locating potential oil
and gas deposits is labor-intensive and often involves the use of controlled
explosions for seismographic mapping of resources, there is always the
potential for injury or death during petroleum exploration.
Crude oil and natural gas production
In their “raw” states, oil and gas are not much good as sources
of fuel or other consumer products and must be “cleaned” or
“refined” into finished products such as gasoline, diesel,
liquid propane, and the raw ingredients for everything from fertilizer
The refining process involves a complex series of chemical reactions that
can only be accomplished at very high temperatures and/or pressures as
well as in the presence of potentially dangerous chemicals such as acids.
If there is a malfunction at any stage of refining, there is the potential
for fire, explosion, or the leaking of toxic substances into the atmosphere.
Should this occur, the resulting injuries to workers and others living
near refineries can be catastrophic.
Getting raw product to a refinery, and transporting refined materials away
from such facilities, always involves the labor-intensive transportation
industry. While most employers will hire only the most-qualified drivers
and other employees, there will always be employers that will attempt
to “cut corners” by hiring less-qualified employees who are
willing to work for lower wages than. If it can be shown that a worker’s
lack of experience or training led to an accident, both the employer and
the employee may be found liable for damages.
Construction and maintenance
None of the previously-mentioned exploration, refining, and transportation
activities could exist in the absence of well-constructed and properly-maintained
refineries, factories, warehouses, and offices. If “shortcuts”
were taken during construction, or if structures were poorly maintained,
the structures’ builders and owners could be found liable for the
consequences of a structural- or construction-related accident.
Despite the booming economy, it remains a fact that most accidental injuries
occur away from places of employment and are usually unrelated to the
victim’s job. As noted in another section on this page, both workplace
and recreational accidents are quite complex and will require the services
of a personal injury lawyer to protect your legal rights.
Worker’s Compensation insurance in Texas
Many new arrivals from other parts of the country are surprised to learn
that, unlike their home state or the state when they had been living,
the is no Texas state law
requiring an employer to carry Worker’s Compensation insurance or to participate
in a state-sponsored “pool” of self-insured employers.
If you were injured on the job
your employer does not carry Worker’s Compensation insurance
your injury would otherwise qualify you for Worker’s Compensation
benefits, you retain your right to sue you employer for negligence. In fact,
allows an injured worker a five-day “window” to decline Worker’s
Compensation benefits and to file a lawsuit against his or her employer.
Although declining Worker’s Compensation benefits can preserve your
right to sue an employer for negligence, there are several potential “downside”
factors that you must carefully consider before making such a decision.
Given the complexity of these other factors, we strongly advise that you
discuss this matter with an experienced Midland personal injury lawyer
before declining benefits.
Texas personal injury lawsuits are complex matters
Many Midland-area residents are under the impression that filing a personal
injury lawsuit is simply a matter of signing some paperwork and then waiting
for a settlement offer. This is exactly what the big insurance companies
and their big business policyholders want you to believe because that
will give them the chance to maneuver you into a position that will reduce
the amount of money that they will eventually have to pay in order to
settle your injury claim!
Regardless of the type or the extent of an injury, a properly-prepared
personal injury lawsuit will always involve:
- a complete review of all documentation regarding the initial accident investigation
- consultation with experts in accident reconstruction to confirm the circumstances
of the accident
- interviewing witnesses and taking sworn statements (depositions)
- negotiating with insurance carriers and their lawyers
- dedication to making sure that the client receives all the compensation
for their injuries that they are entitled to receive
Injured in West Texas? Contact the Midland personal injury lawyers at The
Doan Law Firm
As mentioned above, Midland has experienced almost unbelievable job growth
in the last few years. At the same time, the pressures of the labor markets
have led some employers to “cut a few corners” when it comes
to worker training and job safety. While such workplace behavior is understandable,
if an injury occurs and that injury can be traced back to workplace safety
issues, then an employer can be held responsible for the consequences
of an accident.
In many accidents there are factors that may not have been considered in
the hours immediately following an accidental injury. In fact, critical
accident factors may even evade detection unless the accident is thoroughly
investigated by an experienced personal injury law firm. In the Midland
area, one such law practice is the
The Doan Law Firm, a nationwide firm with offices in major cities across the country.
If you or a family member live in the Midland area and have suffered an
accidental injury, we urge you not to settle your injury claim until you
have contacted our Midland personal injury lawyer to arrange a
free, no obligation, review of your personal injury case.
When you contact the Midland personal injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm,
your first consultation with our firm is
always free and
never obligates you to hire us as your legal counsel Should you later decide
that we should represent you in court, we are willing to assume full responsibility
for all aspects of preparing your personal injury lawsuit for trial in
exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of the final settlement that we
will win for you.
The Doan Law Firm:
4500 W Illinois Ave #203
Midland, Texas 79703