Mental Health and Oilfield Injuries
There is a growing focus on mental health disorders related to on-the-job injuries and illnesses. In fact, it has become a serious public health issue worldwide. The dangerous nature of the oil and gas industry often results in workers suffering from long-term mental health problems following a severe work-related accident.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and stress are commonly seen among oilfield workers following an oilfield injury. You need a robust and outstanding oilfield injury attorney on your side to protect your rights if you have suffered mental and emotional health issues because of a work-related accident and injury. This is someone who has been down the legal hallways before and knows where the danger may be lurking.
Factors Contributing to Mental Health Concerns Among Oilfield Workers
The oil industry has immensely helped the economy with an increase in jobs in many communities. Stemming from this, there are potential dangers that can enhance emotional distress and trauma for workers returning from a work-related accident. 19% of workers in the industry suffer from psychological disorders as per a study by Sutherland and Cooper. This includes phobic anxiety and compulsive stress disorder.
Research has also revealed that mental health disorders among injured workers are the fourth leading cause of work incapacity in the industry on a global level. There are several environmental factors that may prevent a worker from recovering mentally and emotionally as per a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry:
Continuous occupational stress
Higher levels of occupational stress among oilfield workers are one of the reasons for mental health disorders. Occupational stress refers to the ongoing stress that an employee has to endure to satisfy their job responsibilities. In the oil and gas industry, working conditions are highly dangerous.
Oilfield workers are at a higher risk of becoming injured by oil production equipment. Employees that return to work after recovering from an injury are always fearful of getting injured again. Hazardous equipment used and the fast-paced nature of the industry place workers at a higher risk of injuries. This horrific realization can cause chronic depression, anxiety, and PTSD in workers.
Harsh working conditions
Oilfield workers are usually separated from their loved ones for extended periods of time and are devoid of the basic human need to socialize. They need to work in laborious and hazardous conditions which can take a mental toll. Not being able to connect with loved ones even though you have recovered can be difficult to deal with.
Isolation of any kind is a major factor in mental health disorders. This is one of the reasons why depression and anxiety are prevalent among oilfield workers. The fact that their day involves exhaustive shifts with little rest and confined living spaces only adds to the increased risk of fatigue, anxiety, and stress.
Can I Get Fired for Filing an Offshore Accident Claim?
You cannot get fired for filing an offshore accident claim. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a workplace injury complaint or claim. Unfortunately, employers in the oilfield industry often attempt to fire or retaliate against any worker that files a complaint. You should consult with an attorney immediately if your employer discriminates against you for any reason.
If you are fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim or suing for any work-related mental health concerns, your rights may have been violated. Your attorney can help you file a wrongful termination lawsuit and also recover any subsequent damage. It’s always better to consult with an injury attorney quickly where emotional and mental health is concerned.
Your attorney will quickly secure evidence before it gets destroyed. There have been instances where companies have intentionally degraded evidence to protect their best interests. Further, there are strict timelines for filing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. You may lose your right to compensation if you miss this window of opportunity.
An attorney can protect your rights by handling all communications with the employer. They will make sure that your words are not twisted and used against you.
Liability for an Oilfield Accident in Louisiana
Determining liability in an oilfield accident is difficult. This makes it important to have a strong legal advocate on your side. It’s highly possible that your accident and subsequently deteriorating mental health are because of another worker’s negligence. It’s also possible that the company itself may be at fault.
Faulty equipment or improper training are other possible factors contributing to an accident. Your attorney will be able to help you identify all at-fault parties and the best strategy to maximize compensation. This means quicker and better resolution for your claim.
Contact Our Trusted Louisiana Oilfield Injury Lawyers Today
The experienced attorneys at the Trainor Law Firm, LLC have successfully represented a large number of injured victims suffering from physical and mental health disorders related to oil field accidents. Our pride and persistence in our work have allowed us to recover the highest possible financial compensation for our clients in most cases.
You can count on us to hold your employer and any other responsible party liable for your injuries and to develop the best legal strategy for maximizing your financial recovery.
To schedule your free consultation, call us at 985-900-2250 or fill out this online contact form.