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Midland Injury Lawyer

  • 4500 W Illinois Ave #203
  • Midland, Texas 79703
  • (432) 653-0000

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.

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 to plastics.

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.

Transportation Services

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.

Non-industrial accidents

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 and your employer does not carry Worker’s Compensation insurance and your injury would otherwise qualify you for Worker’s Compensation benefits, you retain your right to sue you employer for negligence. In fact, Texas law 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.

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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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