Explosions at oil fields result in devastating injuries, usually on a wide scale. For injured workers and their families, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help.
At the law firm of Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C., in Bismarck, we know that your choice of attorney is an important one. As a result, we offer a free initial consultation with no obligation to discuss your legal options. Call 701-258-8988 to speak to one of our lawyers. We offer home and hospital consultations.
The Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota draw workers from all across the United States. While you could hire a lawyer in your home state to represent you, that lawyer would need to retain local counsel. Only a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the state where you were injured can represent you in court.
The attorneys of Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C., represent oil workers throughout the United States who are injured in accidents in North Dakota Montana, and Minnesota . We also represent family members of workers who die in explosions and other fatal accidents.
When a serious accident occurs in an oil field, operators often look for ways to avoid liability. For example, the operator may blame the accident on a subcontractor, a supplier, the equipment manufacturer — even the injured worker. To protect your rights, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to collect and preserve evidence of liability. Our attorneys know the local operators, suppliers and contractors who work in the oil fields of North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. We work with investigators who can quickly gather the evidence we will need to obtain maximum compensation from all liable parties.
While most oil field accident cases are resolved out of court, the other side will not treat your claim seriously unless you are represented by an attorney who is willing and able to try the case. When push comes to shove, we know the local courts and the people who serve on local juries.
If you have been injured while working in the oil fields of North Dakota or Montana or if you lost a family member in a fatal accident, we invite you to call 701-258-8988, or write us using our online form.
Our contingency fee arrangement means we charge no fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks oilfields have been a major boon to the economy. With the daily drilling, trucks are transporting massive quantities of oil across the state. However, too often, oil trucks are involved in accidents and crashes that cause serious injuries to those involved.
The attorneys at Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C., have litigated hundreds of cases dealing with oilfield injuries, including oil field truck accident cases in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. As natives of the area, we know the terrain, the terminology and the seriousness of the injuries. We leverage our experience to help injured workers and their families recover the compensation necessary to cover medical costs, lost wages and other emotional and physical damages.
The sheer dimensions of oil trucks mean that they are often difficult to control and require extreme caution to operate. However, their size and weight also mean that they can cause catastrophic injuries should an accident occur.
With any motor vehicle accident, it can be difficult to pursue a claim once attorneys and insurance companies get involved. However, it can be even more difficult to do so when it comes to oil trucks and accidents on an oil field, as there are numerous parties involved, including operators and contractors.
Our lawyers can help you determine whether or not you have a claim, and we will work with you to pursue the maximum compensation possible. We work with investigators and medical professionals to collect evidence and build a case. Most importantly, we know the oil business, and have years of experience in helping those injured on the fields.
North Dakota’s Bakken reserve generally produces over a million barrels of oil per day. The oil industry in the region has employed and contracted thousands of individuals across the state in recent years. However, in an industry so reliant on physical labor, personal injuries occur often and they tend to be very serious, if not catastrophic.
In particular, workers may often need to climb great heights or work on elevated platforms on derricks and rigs. Any slip in attention or safety equipment can cause a fall and a serious injury. In other circumstances, equipment and tools can be dropped on unsuspecting workers, usually resulting in significant injuries and even deaths.
In these situations, our lawyers have fought on behalf of oil field workers and their families to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and emotional suffering. Attorney Dave Schweigert grew up in the region and knows the people and terrain firsthand, and has the experience to pursue your claim to completion
Oil field falls are always serious and many times turn out to be deadly. In these cases, workers’ compensation isn’t your only recourse. While it may be helpful in obtaining some financial help to cover your costs and expenses, you may be entitled to more significant compensation.
Often, there may be someone or something else besides your company and coworkers responsible for the injury, whether it’s unsafe equipment or third party individuals. With so many operators and contractors working in the oilfields, we can help discern who is at fault and how to best proceed in pursuing your claim.
Drilling for oil is inherently dangerous. Oil is extremely flammable, and accidents can occur at every step of the process, before any drilling even begins. Vapors can build up and seep into storage containers and other crevices, where pressure can mount. Without the proper care and tools, explosions and fires can occur, sending sparks and flames across the work site, potentially injuring any workers in the way.
At Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C., based in Bismarck, we have helped injured oilfield workers in North Dakota, as well as in neighboring Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota. We assist in cases involving catastrophic injuries stemming from oil field fires and explosions, and fight for our clients and their loved ones to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses, including emotional damage.
Oilfield fires can be difficult to put out, as firefighters often have to struggle to contain and extinguish it from a distance. In the meantime, a fire or explosion can cause significant damage, including a burn injury, head trauma and broken bones.
In these instances, an experienced, local lawyer can help you and your loved ones find the right legal strategy.
Our team is familiar with the oilfields in the region and we know how grave an injury can be. We also know that, often, workers’ compensation isn’t your only resource, particularly if the injury occurred due to the actions or inattention of someone other than your employer or coworker.
Oilfield work is largely depended on heavy equipment and human labor. However, when equipment is defective or poorly maintained, whether due to inattention or other reasons, serious injuries can occur. While the equipment is necessary to the safety of workers, poorly maintained equipment can cause a large variety of injuries, many of them catastrophic.
The attorneys at Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C., have helped those injured due to defective oil field equipment in North Dakota, as well as in Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota. We understand that a serious injury can upend a family. We know it can leave you with thousands of dollars in medical and other expenses. We’ll fight for your compensation.
Heavy equipment is necessary for the job. However, that also means there’s a greater chance of malfunction. Anything from service trucks to high-speed drilling machinery to derricks and rigs has the potential to malfunction, causing serious injuries and wrongful deaths.
Our attorneys have assisted clients and their families that have been impacted due to injuries resulting from improper design, improper manufacture and poor instructions, as well as poor training and maintenance.
In the aftermath of such an injury, it’s imperative to find out where the responsibility lies and what caused the injury in the first place. We work with experienced professionals to examine both the causes of the accident, as well as the equipment, in order to draft a strong case on your behalf.
The oil industry has done wonders for North Dakota’s economy, but it has come at a cost to its many workers and the people in the communities of the oil boom. Many factors contribute to the high injury rate experienced on the Bakken oil fields — the size and power of the equipment involved, the inadequacy of local roads and infrastructure, and the haste to get product to the market.
Almost daily, someone gets hurt, often seriously, sometimes fatally. Truck crashes, explosions, falling objects, collapsing structures and other accidents have ended careers that were just getting underway.
At Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C., of Bismarck, we understand the safety issues in a boom environment. Dave Schweigert himself grew up in the Williston Basin area, and knows the people and the terrain. Our firm represents workers and others who have been harmed or killed in the oil fields or on the highways leading in and leading out.
In particular, we have handled oilfield accident cases relating to:
Our firm has litigated hundreds of oilfield accident cases. We speak the language and know the terminology. More importantly, we know the people, and that the injuries can be devastating. In the Bakken, most don’t miss a day’s work with a stiff neck or minor pain. It takes a serious, even catastrophic injury to prevent you from working.
The injuries we handle go beyond workers’ compensation. Yes, workers’ compensation may be available, but companies and individuals other than employers or coworkers may be at fault for your injuries. A network of separate owners, operators and contractors work the oil fields, and many accidents involve workers of one company being hurt by the negligence of workers of another company
If you have been hurt on the oil fields in North Dakota or Montana, or lost someone you love there, we invite you to call and discuss this kind of third-party lawsuit to compensate for your losses.
We take injury cases on a contingency fee basis, if clients so choose. So there is no risk to calling our lawyers.
We regret to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Karen McBride. Karen died unexpectedly on Friday, July 17, 2020. If you had any outstanding business with Karen, please rest assured we will be here for you. If you have any questions, please call Dave Schweigert at 701-258-8988.