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Qualities to Look for in an Oilfield Accident Attorney

Posted on: January 13, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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Drilling for oil is still an important part of fueling America. Technology continues to play a big role in extracting oil from the earth as better and more efficient methods are discovered. Along with this comes increased potential for injuries related to the oilfields. Sensational stories about explosions and fires make the news outlets and bring to light some of the hazards of working in the oil fields. At the same time there are less dramatic injuries and even deaths that happen that the general public seldom hears about. The families of these people are deeply affected and need to know who they can turn to for help. When seeking an oilfield accident attorney there are specific qualities that should be taken into consideration to insure that you are receiving the best care possible. It is not just about being compensated for your losses. You don’t want to feel like your lawyer’s cash cow. You want to feel like the member of a team, a team with a purpose. A team that is determined to win.

Key Qualities in an Oilfield Accident Attorney

The lawyer representing your interests must be familiar with the oil industry. There are a wide variety of injuries that can take place in the oil industry. In fact the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites transportation incidents as one of the most frequent causes for fatal injuries. Next on the list are injuries due to equipment issues, e.g. being struck by equipment or caught on equipment or objects. A qualified oilfield accident attorney will have a great degree of knowledge about the injuries common to working in oilfields.

In addition to familiarity with the industry, you want a lawyer you can trust, one with integrity who will keep your best interests in mind. This means you must have open lines of communication. Your ideal lawyer will share developments with you and keep you apprised of the case as it unfolds.

Compassion is also an important quality. You have already experienced a loss. It may be a simple loss of time out of work to recover from broken bones. It may be more serious; it may be the loss of a loved one. However small or great your loss, you want a lawyer who cares and has empathy for your situation.

Sometimes it is as important to have someone to listen to your concerns as it is to have someone fighting for your rights. A well-qualified oilfield accident attorney will have a deep understanding of your circumstances and will be motivated by compassion to fight for you.

Legal expertise is of course imperative.  Your attorney should not be caught off guard or blind-sided by surprises. A lawyer with expertise in the industry and laws governing oilfield safety will represent you well. Your attorney must be able to advise you on steps you need to take to help your case, protect your family and help sustain you during recovery.

Families of oilfield workers in Tulsa, McAlester and surrounding areas can depend on the legal expertise, compassion and perseverance of the oilfield accident attorneys at Edward & Patterson. We have represented many oilfield workers helping them obtain the compensation they deserve while providing a listening ear during their difficult days. There are unique circumstances surrounding accidents associated with the oilfields. We have the expertise and knowledge required to bring hope and comfort to those faced with the calamity caused by an oilfield accident.

We would be honored to speak with you about your circumstances.  Give us a call at Edwards & Patterson to set up an appointment for a complimentary consultation.

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