Our North Dakota catastrophic injury lawyers at Williams Attorneys work to secure maximum compensation for clients and families suffering from serious injuries or loss of a loved one.
Oil and gas companies are responsible for providing workers with proper personal protective equipment, a safe work environment, and practical safety training on exploration and production sites. When a company fails to act safely and responsibly, life-altering injuries or death can result.
No amount of money can compensate for catastrophic injuries or the loss of a loved one. However, collecting financial compensation can help ease anxieties over future finances, allowing injured parties to heal, grieve, and rebuild. Serious injury and wrongful death lawsuits can also help ensure other families don’t experience such tragedy by holding responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Collecting full compensation for a serious injury or wrongful death can be challenging. Oil and gas companies hire powerful defense teams with deep pockets who will use various tactics to discredit your claims, including:
- Arguing that negligence did not directly cause your injury
- Asserting that your own actions caused your injury
- Declaring that you waited too long to file your injury claim
- Maintaining that you assumed a risk of injury when you signed on
- Trying to conceal evidence required to prove your case
Our North Dakota catastrophic injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Williams Attorneys know how to defeat these tactics and successfully represent your claim in court, securing the maximum available compensation for your injuries.
Experiencing a catastrophic injury is one of the most difficult times in one’s life. You do not need to go through this alone. Our North Dakota serious injury attorneys’ top priority is to offer support and skilled guidance for families to ensure a secure future. At Williams Attorneys, we work tirelessly to help victims of catastrophic injury recover and rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.
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What Types of Serious Injuries Do We Handle?
Catastrophic injuries are life-changing injuries that alter your future and the futures of your loved ones. Serious injuries include permanent or long-lived injuries to one’s physical function or cognitive capacity. Severe injuries not only change your level of physical independence but can mean millions of dollars in medical costs and future health and home care.
Our North Dakota catastrophic injury lawyers at Williams Attorneys work to secure full compensation for clients with a variety of serious injuries caused by company negligence, including:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Crush Injuries
- Hearing Loss
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Neurological Injuries
- Severe Bone Fractures
- Severe Burns
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Vision Loss
Neck and Back Injuries
Oil field and offshore workers may develop catastrophic neck or back injuries as a result of an immediate injury such as heavy lifting, falling equipment, a slip and fall, or a motor vehicle accident. Severe neck or back injuries may also be caused by performing repetitive movements over a long period of time without adequate breaks. These events can lead to herniated disks, limb pain, muscle weakness, or paralysis.
If your neck or back pain is caused by the negligent or reckless acts of a company, you deserve financial compensation to cover lost wages, future estimated lost earnings, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related damages. In cases of company negligence or recklessness, our North Dakota neck and back pain lawyers can assist you with getting immediate, quality medical care while we work to obtain maximum financial compensation for your injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
Serious oil field accidents and industrial accidents can cause cervical spinal cord injury, thoracic spinal cord injury, lumbar spinal cord injury, sacral spinal cord injury, and permanent paralysis, one of the most expensive and tragic conditions for victims and their families. Paraplegia, quadriplegia, and tetraplegia can require a lifetime of expensive medical care, rehabilitation, home and vehicle modifications, home care, surgeries, and mobility equipment – all in the face of lost income and earning capacity.
Our North Dakota paralysis injury lawyers help clients who have suffered paralysis due to company negligence or recklessness to heal and rehabilitate their lives by preparing a compelling case for maximum financial compensation.
Severe Bone Fractures
Working on a pipeline, oil rig, or any industrial site or construction zone often involves moving heavy equipment, operating massive machinery, and working at dangerous heights. When a company fails to follow proper safety protocols or training, broken arms, leg fractures, and other orthopedic injuries can occur.
Catastrophic bone fractures like spine fractures, skull fractures, compression fractures, impacted fractures, displacement fractures, and compound fractures can alter the victim’s ability to live life as they knew it, leading to amputation, paralysis, and chronic debilitating pain -- all coming with expensive medical procedures and costly surgeries.
Our North Dakota bone fracture lawyers and investigative experts work to establish the cause of your injury and secure full financial recompense.
Amputation may occur during an accident or as a necessary surgical procedure to treat an oil field injury. Either way, those who suffer injuries involving amputation may lose their sole source of income and struggle with chronic pain, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Rebuilding one’s life after amputation requires significant financial support to cover prosthetics, future surgeries, physical therapy, household renovations, and home aid. Our North Dakota amputation injury lawyers fight for the highest possible compensation amount.
Severe burn injuries in the oil field and offshore can result from numerous events, including hot surface contact, exposure to scalding hot liquids or steam, plant or refinery explosions, electrocution, or abrasive chemical contact. Those who do not suffer skin burns can still acquire severe internal respiratory damage from breathing hot air, steam, flames, toxic fumes, or smoke.
Catastrophic burn injuries often refer to third-degree and fourth-degree burns, affecting the deep dermal skin layers, fatty tissue, nerves, and muscle. Severe damage to the skin and tissue leads to dangerous fluid loss, irregular temperature regulation, and depressed immune function. Hypothermia, infection, and systemic shock become life-threatening concerns.
Treatment for severe burns can require numerous skin grafts, surgeries, amputation, fluid therapy, and lengthy antibiotic treatments. While physical recovery is possible, many severe burn patients face mounting medical costs, permanent scarring and disfigurement, an inability to work, and mental and emotional trauma. Our North Dakota burn injury lawyers seek maximum compensation for burn injury victims and their families, freeing them up to heal and rebuild their lives.
Partial or complete hearing loss or chronic tinnitus (ringing in the ears) may result from either exposure to repetitive equipment noise over a long time, or from sudden exposure to extremely loud noise or pressure change caused by an explosion. If the problem doesn’t resolve within a few days, it may be considered a serious acoustic injury.
Hearing loss is a life-altering injury, often resulting in an inability to continue work, mental anguish, emotional trauma, and high medical costs. Our North Dakota acoustic injury attorneys work diligently to recover full compensation for victims of company negligence resulting in hearing loss.
Workers in oil and gas exploration and production are at high risk for injuries leading to vision loss. Catastrophic eye injuries may include chemical burns, a foreign object penetrating the eye, blunt force trauma to the eye or orbital bones, high-pressure explosions, or infected corneal abrasions.
Serious eye injuries can require numerous surgeries and treatments and lead to permanent blindness. Loss of sight in one eye can diminish depth perception, preventing many workers from continuing their jobs. Our North Dakota eye injury attorneys help victims of company negligence pursue legal action and secure full financial compensation for all losses and estimated future losses.
Crush injuries can occur on oil rigs as a result of heavy equipment or massive pipes falling on and continually exerting extreme pressure on a worker, crushing bone, internal organs, muscle, nervous tissue, and blood vessels. Crushed muscle tissue can release protein into the bloodstream leading to kidney failure or death if left untreated. In many cases of limb crush injuries, surgical amputation is required.
Upon recovery from a severe crush injury, the victim is often left with chronic pain issues and may be unable to continue in their current career. Our North Dakota crush injury lawyers fight to obtain the maximum compensation necessary to protect our clients’ future and financial well-being.
Blunt Force Trauma
Blunt force trauma refers to injuries caused by the powerful impact of a heavy object or a fall from high positions on oil rigs or scaffolding. These injuries may include severe contusions, lacerations, organ damage, bone fractures, concussions, and traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Many blunt force trauma injuries may not be noticed immediately, only appearing later with signs of severe illness, internal bleeding, seizures, or memory loss.
Our North Dakota blunt force trauma lawyers work with expert investigators to establish company negligence as the cause of injuries resulting from blunt force trauma and fight to secure the maximum compensation available.
Traumatic brain injury (“TBI”), blunt force trauma, crush injuries, and other severe accidents can cause neurological injuries that damage the brain, spinal cord, or nerves. Severe neurological injuries may cause short term memory loss, long term memory loss, amnesia, impaired concentration, difficulty learning, speech problems, impaired problem-solving ability, impaired motor function, numbness, or paralysis.
These debilitating conditions can mean a lifetime loss of income, independence, and quality of life. In many cases, years of expensive home assistance or hospitalization are necessary. Our North Dakota neurological injury lawyers and medical experts help clients and their families who have been harmed by company negligence receive the full compensation they are entitled to.
If you need assistance with immediate medical costs or other accommodations, we can help while we work to prepare your case for maximum compensation. Contact Williams Attorneys today to learn how.
Can I Collect Financial Compensation for My Loved One’s Wrongful Death?
Tragically, serious accidents and catastrophic injuries in the oil field or offshore work sites can cause death. When an oil company’s negligence or recklessness in ensuring the safety of its workers leads to death, the family members have the right to financial compensation to cover both economic and non-economic damages. This money is secured by filing a wrongful death claim.
Economic damages may include:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income and support
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of employment or business.
Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Other special damages
Damages are not taxable as part of the estate and are paid directly to the beneficiary.
In North Dakota, a family member may file a wrongful death claim as long as the deceased person would have been able to bring a personal injury claim had they lived. [N.D. Cent. Code § 32-21-01]. However, not every family member can file a wrongful death claim. Only one individual has the right to file a North Dakota wrongful death claim.
That right proceeds in the following order:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving child or children
- One surviving parent
- One surviving grandparent
- Personal representative of the deceased's estate
- Primary physical custodian at the time the wrongful act occurred
Note that some exceptions apply. For example, if a person refuses or neglects to file a wrongful death claim, the person lower on the list may bring the claim.
North Dakota wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of death. [N.D. Cent. Code § 28-01-18].
Only those damages that can be proven in court are awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit. Our North Dakota wrongful death lawyers meticulously prepare these important cases to obtain the maximum available compensation for your tragic loss, gathering expert opinions, witness testimony, and other vital information needed to show that the responsible party’s negligent or reckless acts caused your loved one’s death.
Loss of a loved one can make moving forward seem impossible. You don’t have to navigate this tragic and difficult time alone. Contact Williams Attorneys today to learn how we can help.
Our North Dakota catastrophic injury lawyers represent clients located in Billings, Beulah, Bismarck, Burlington, Bozeman, Casper, Butte, Cheyenne, Center, Crosby, Fargo, Dickinson, Glen Ullin, Garrison, Hazen, Grand Forks, Helena, Hebron, Kenmare, Kalispell, Mandaree, Mandan, Minot, Manning, Moorhead, Missoula, Sheridan, New Salem, Stanton, Stanley, Underwood, Surrey, Watford City, Williston, Washburn, and throughout North Dakota.