Worker's Comp can provide lost wage and medical protection for Bakken oil field workers
that oil companies are required to carry for each of their employees.
The coverage pays medical bills for those employees who are injured while
working, as well as for those suffering from occupation-related illnesses.
It also helps workers make up for lost wages due to time off work because
of these occurrences. In some cases, workers can also use other worker's
comp benefits to receive training for other jobs when they cannot return
to their oil field jobs due to a covered illness or injury.
Since 2006, more than 70 work related fatalities have occurred in the Bakken
oil fields. According to a
PBS News Hour report, this is a conservative estimate because federal regulators have
yet to administer a full system accounting of all of the related oil and
gas fatalities, let alone the injuries to oil workers in the Bakken fields
who have fallen victim to a marked lack of safety precautions and lack
of a well-executed infrastructure for the workers there.
More than 9000 injury claims have been filed in
Bakken oil field related incidents in the four years between 2009 and 2013. North
Dakota oil field workers are given little recourse when sustaining oil
field injuries because the state prohibits employees from filing suits
against their employers when claiming negligence. A good number of injured
workers fail to file worker's compensation claims because their employers
dissuade them from doing so.
Today, the demand for more oil is steadily increasing. New rigs are still
being erected in Bakken, yet some of the old and outdated rigs are still
being used. These rigs are unsafe. Additionally, young workers who lack
any real oil field experience are flocking to the area due to promises
of big money. This dangerous combination of components can only increase
the numbers of fatalities and serious injuries.
We are a small personal injury and worker's com law firm located in
Billings, Montana. However, we serve clients throughout Montana. If you
have a Bakken Oil related injury or illness and need assistance, please
contact us for a consultation.