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Recent Posts in Workers' Compensation Category

  • Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Working on an oilfield can be incredibly dangerous. In fact, the high number of accidents in the oil and gas industries makes Texas the 5 th most dangerous state in which to work. Just recently, an oilfield worker in Midland County was involved in an accident. According to officials, a crew was setting up a small rig between some power lines when one of the men touched the rig as it hit the power ...
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  • Drug Use Common Among West Texas Oil Field Workers

    || 25-Sep-2017

    One of the most prevalent problems in the oil field industry is drug use. Many truckers in the oil industry found ways to beat random drug tests, all the while consuming a cocktail of drugs to push themselves as much as possible on drives that could last 36 to 48 straight hours. Law enforcement officials report drug trafficking, drug abuse, and drug-related crimes have spiked in recent years. ...
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  • Protections for Remote Oil and Gas Workers

    || 11-Sep-2017

    Remote oil and gas workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Many are also heading back to oil production sites that were shuttered during the industry downturn earlier this year. These workers will be driving hundreds of miles weekly on back roads in rural areas to work on pipelines, compressor stations, and pump jacks, a fact of life for thousands of workers in these ...
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  • Injured on the Job? Here's What You Need to Know.

    || 31-Jul-2017

    Thousands of workers are injured every year on the job, despite their employers’ efforts to make the workplace a safe environment. Accidents constantly happen, whether as a result of bad luck, incompetence, or negligence on the part of a manager. If you were injured at work, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The first things to do after sustaining an accident at ...
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  • Workers' Compensation Roadblocks Contribute to Inequality

    || 27-Mar-2015

    A worker who suffers an injury or contracts an illness on the job can permanently hinder their potential and that of their entire family. Over three million workers are seriously hurt on the job and thousands more die from workplace accidents every year. With employers contributing less and less to paying the costs of these injuries, the burden falls increasingly on the injured worker, their ...
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  • Texas Supreme Court Helps Insurance Companies Avoid being Sued

    || 10-Mar-2015

    In February 2015 the state supreme court chose to increase the protections afforded to insurance companies which began with a 1989 ruling that gave the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation the power to oversee insurers accused of bad faith by clients. The recent case unanimously decided against an injured worker who attempted to file a suit against Old Republic Insurance Company for ...
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  • Oil Field Crash in Southern Texas Kills Five & Injures Three

    || 20-Jan-2015

    On Thursday, January 15, 2015, five men were killed on impact after their vehicle caught fire after colliding into a tanker truck carrying crude oil on an oil field highway in South Texas. The accident took place in the center of the fracking field located just southwest of San Antonio. While it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the five men who died were oil field workers. In addition ...
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