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Workplace injuries sometimes result in third-party claims

Many people in California prefer jobs that take them out of the office. Sitting behind a desk is not what they enjoy, and they choose a career that allows them to work outdoors. However, doing field work is often dangerous because the environment cannot always be controlled, creating a higher risk for workplace injuries. One man in another state is an example of the injuries possible when working amid such risks.

The man worked as a field operator for a company servicing oilfields. While working on a job site owned by a local energy company, the man apparently stepped onto a wellhead and fell about five feet into the well. Additionally, an employee of the energy company who was working a crane nearby somehow contributed to the man's fall.

Because the wellhead was on the property owned by the energy company, the man says the company was responsible for his fall and the resulting injuries. He says the wellhead was poorly maintained and there was no warning of its hazardous condition. He suffered a serious back injury that left him unable to fully participate in family or social activities or to return to work.

In addition to the workers' compensation the man deserves for his workplace injuries, he has filed a third-party claim against the energy company and the crane operator. This is often a possibility for California workers who are injured on the job when someone not associated with their employers may be responsible. An attorney will be able to advise them if their circumstances qualify for a third-party claim. A lawyer can also assist them in seeking maximum workers' compensation benefits.

Source: daily-times.com, "Worker sues WPX over injuries after fall into wellhead", Joshua Kellogg, May 4, 2017

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