Oil Rig Accident Leaves Two Workers Dead
Sept. 3, 2016
A drilling rig accident in Denver City, Texas caused the death of two workers on September 2, 2016. Denver City is in West Texas about seventy-five miles southwest of Lubbock, Texas. Authorities are not sure if weather conditions contributed to the accident. One worker was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other worker passed away from his injuries after receiving medical attention. Very few details have been released regarding the cause of the accident other than that it was a mechanical accident.
When an employee is killed on the job, the family may have several sources of compensation. If the employer does not have workers compensation insurance, the family may sue the employer for negligence. If the employer does have workers compensation coverage, the family may sue the employer for gross negligence. Gross negligence is a more difficult cause of action to prove. In addition, the family members may have a cause of action against the manufacturer of the piece of equipment that contributed to the employee’s death if the product was defective. A product may be defective because of a manufacturing defect, design defect or warning defect.
When an employee is injured at work, he or she should contact an attorney. There may be other sources of contribution that the employee is not aware. The employee may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, disfigurement, and medical bills. If you have been injured, contact O’Hara Law Firm for a consultation to determine your rights for compensation.