El Reno man dead after accident at Fairview oil rig

Posted on Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 10:13 pm    

FAIRVIEW, OK (MAJOR COUNTY) – A worker died as a result of an accident at an oil rig near Fairview on Thursday morning, according to information from News 9.

The incident happened at an oil field owned by Stride Energy, LLC, at around 9 a.m., when Orco Energy, LLC employee Jerry Pollard got caught in a cable winch drum.

Pollard, a resident of El Reno, was then pronounced dead.

The incident remains under investigation by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office and OSHA Oklahoma City.

Stride Energy is suspending operations of the oil well in response to the accident.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma City workplace accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


What Is Indemnity in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 2:58 pm    

When an insurance company “indemnifies” a policyholder, the insurance company agrees to pay for losses or damages due to a particular cause, or to provide a sum of money at the end of a given period. In exchange, the policyholder agrees to make payments as required for the policy, and to obey the requirements of the insurance policy. If you have pressing questions abour your claim, don’t hesitate to contact our legal team today.

Indemnity and Your Employer

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that your employer is required to have to protect workers against injuries suffered on the job. If you get hurt while you are employed or if you become ill due to a job-related cause workers’ compensation will pay for your medical bills.

Workers’ compensation is a little like no-fault auto insurance. No-fault auto insurance pays for your medical and repair bills no matter who is responsible for a car accident. In the same way, workers’ compensation pays your medical bills no matter what caused your injury. If it happened on the job while you were doing work for your employer, your medical expenses should be paid. When you accept workers’ compensation benefits, you indemnify the employer from liability.

The purpose of indemnity in workers’ compensation is to protect the employer from liability for your injury so that payment and treatment can proceed as swiftly as possible.

What Is Indemnity in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

What Indemnity Means for Workers’ Compensation Cases

If you have a work-related injury case, you may believe you are required to use workers’ compensation. This is not necessarily true. You are required to report your injury to your employer or supervisor within 30 days of the date of injury. Failing to do so does not bar your claim, but claiming benefits will be more challenging. After thirty days have passed without you reporting the injury, there’s a presumption that you were not hurt on the job. You’ll have to prove that your injury was work-related. Contact us today.

If you have properly reported your claim, you have one year from the date of injury to file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. You may want to consider consulting an attorney before filing your claim.

  • There are only a few situations in which you can file for workers’ compensation and still sue your employer. These include cases where your employer did not forward your claim to the Commission, cases where your employer deliberately attempted to harm you, and some specialized subcontracting situations. If any of these might apply, you should have an attorney’s advice before proceeding.
  • If your injuries were caused by a third party at the location, such as a vendor or a delivery driver, there might be more to gain by filing a third-party lawsuit. You can file a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party lawsuit simultaneously. Workers’ compensation does not allow awards for noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering. You need to discuss this with your lawyer to ensure that you are getting the compensation you deserve.
  • In cases that involve workplace-related illness (such as asbestosis or mesothelioma) there may be class-action or mass tort cases already in place. Rather than start another lawsuit, which may be barred by the courts, there are procedures for attaching your case to an existing suit. This is something that your attorney can explain to you.

Regardless of whether you choose to use workers’ compensation or choose to file a third-party lawsuit after a workplace injury, you should have a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney review your claim before filing.

How We Can Help

Even in a straightforward workers’ compensation claim, you should consider the services of an attorney from Abel Law Firm to help you. According to industry watchdogs, an average of seven percent of workers’ compensation claims are denied the first time they are filed. The main reason for these denials is late reporting and lack of supporting documentation.

At Abel Law Firm, we’ll help you assemble the documents needed to support your claim. Work schedules, medical reports, and affidavits from your supervisor and employer are all needed and must be submitted according to a strict schedule. We can make sure that nothing gets missed or overlooked.

What Is Indemnity in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Contact Us

When it’s time to negotiate with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company and their attorneys, you should have an equally knowledgeable attorney on your side, protecting your rights and negotiating for you. Let our attorneys fight for the compensation you deserve. Call the Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers of Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 to discuss your workers’ compensation insurance case today. Whether your injury just happened or you’ve already filed your claim and have questions, we can help.


Man dies following fatal industrial accident on S Sunnyland Rd

Posted on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at 3:17 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – An industrial accident on the 6800 block of South Sunnyland Rd took a worker’s life Monday, KOCO reports.

The victim was removing overhead piping in a scissor lift 30 ft above the ground when he became pinned between two pipes. Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:25 a.m.

Authorities may release the identity of the victim once their next of kin have been notified. The incident is currently under investigation.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma construction accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an industrial accident, contact us today for a free consultation.


Update: Police release name of fatal industrial accident victim

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 1:59 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – According to News on 6, officials have released the name of the man who died after falling into a silo at T.J. Campbell Construction Tuesday.

Robert Sweeney, 18, was cleaning the asphalt silo when he slipped and fell 25 ft into the silo. Inside the silo, temperatures can exceed 300 degrees.

OSHA is investigating the accident.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma industrial accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an industrial accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Explosion at Kerr Dam traps, kills two workers

Posted on Friday, May 14th, 2021 at 2:25 pm    

TULSA, OK – The bodies of two workers were trapped inside Kerr Dam following an explosion were found dead Friday morning, reports ABC 8.

Contractors hit a methane pocket while conducting core-sample drilling which cause an explosion around 6 p.m.

Three workers were trapped in the mine. One of the workers was extricated by emergency crews and he refused treatment for his injuries.

The other two were stuck 80 ft down in a shaft. Their bodies were discovered by recovery crews Friday morning.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma car accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Dump truck falls on man behind gas station at 16400 N Rockwell Avenue

Posted on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at 9:15 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A man was trapped and injured when a dump truck fell on him behind a gas station Tuesday morning. The accident happened at 16400 N Rockwell Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City, reports  News 9.

The man was working underneath the truck when it fell on him.  Emergency crews consisting of firefighters and paramedics responded and freed the man from under the truck with the help of pedestrians at the scene.

The victim’s condition is unclear at this time but he was talking to firefighters after being extricated.


 This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma car accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Worker dies after being electrocuted by overhead line

Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at 2:21 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A tree crew worker in Oklahoma City was killed after being electrocuted Thursday evening.

According to KFOR, the incident took place sometime before 10 p.m. near the intersection of Northwest 12th Street and Roff Avenue.

Firefighters say the man was severely electrocuted while working near an overhead line. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending further investigation.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma City wrongful death attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Update: Worker identified in fatal Tulsa construction site accident

Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2021 at 8:44 pm    

TULSA, OK – Authorities in Tulsa have identified the man who suffered a fatal injury after falling several stories at a downtown construction site early Friday morning.

According to KJRH, 52-year-old Abel Garcia died shortly after 7 a.m when he fell at least five floors from the side on Denver Avenue at Cameron Street.

Coworkers say Garcia was not wearing the proper safety equipment prior to the fall. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Tulsa construction accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Teen killed after industrial accident in Catoosa

Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2021 at 7:38 pm    

CATOOSA, OK – A 19-yar-old man died following an accident at an industrial work site in Catoosa last Wednesday.

According to News on 6, Zeke Hearn was working at the Valmont galvanizing plant when a large piece of sheet metal fell and crushed him.

Hearn was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later.

The circumstances leading up to the accident remain under investigation as of Monday, April 12th. Our team will update this blog with further information as it is made available to the public.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Tulsa wrongful death attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Man hospitalized after getting stuck in conveyor system

Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 7:42 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Firefighters in Oklahoma City worked to free a man whose arm became stuck in a conveyor system at a local scrap yard Thursday.

According to Fox 25, the incident occurred at Standard Iron and Metal Co. on Reno Avenue.

Firefighters say the unidentified man was stuck up to his shoulder. Trauma surgeons were called to the scene to decide the safest way to extricate the man from the machine.

The unidentified man was sent to a local hospital for further treatment. His condition is unclear at this time.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma City workplace accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

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