The significance of the impact of the Bakken oil boom in Montana is undeniable.
The Bakken oil field covers a 200,000 square-mile expanse that stretches
from eastern Montana to western North Dakota and into southern Alberta
and Saskatchewan. According to data accumulated by the Montana Petroleum
Association, the oil fields in eastern Montana directly employ 7,499 workers.
Another 20,920 are indirectly employed, according to the organization.
While no one disputes the positive impact that the oil boom has had on
Montana's economy, it has also been accompanied by an unfortunate
increase in oil field injuries.
Serious Nature of Many Oil Field Injuries
Some assert that the rapid implementation of advanced oil extraction technologies
has proceeded faster than safety regulation and enforcement. Because of
the nature of oil rig work, when an
oil field accident does occur, it may be very serious. Defective equipment has injured workers,
while explosions and fires have also altered the lives of some oil workers
in a profound way.
Fortunately, when a worker is injured on the job, state law provides for
a variety of legal remedies. For example, personal injury litigation can
seek compensation for a host of losses and expenses. Damages may be in
awarded in some cases for pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost
wages, medical expenses and, if applicable, long-term rehabilitation costs.
In instances where there is a loss of life, surviving family members may
file also file suit seeking compensation for loss of companionship.
Cases Can Be Complex
The complexity of such cases can be substantial, so the services of an
oil field injury attorney that focuses on appropriate areas of the law
may be helpful. Such an attorney can work to assure that all responsible
parties are named as defendants in a lawsuit. In addition to the employer,
an equipment manufacturer, equipment maintenance provider or other parties
may bear full or partial responsibility for the losses incurred by a worker.
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