Oil Rig Accidents

Oil Rig Accident Attorneys

Oil Rig Accident Attorneys

The oil industry is a pivotal part of the Gulf Coast economy. It also offers some of the riskiest jobs at sea.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas oil rig accident, you may benefit from aggressive legal representation. Call our experienced maritime attorneys to learn how we can help. The oil rig accident attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek can fight to secure compensation for you and your family.

Offshore Rig Accidents and Maritime Law

Many offshore accidents involve general maritime law, a specialized body of law that applies to those who work on navigable waters. This is because typical workers’ compensation does not apply in these situations.

The Jones Act is a law was written to protect seaman’s rights. Seamen can sue their employer for negligence and unseaworthiness under this law. This also covers when a rig is operated as a vessel, including rigs that are semisubmersible. Jackups and floaters are also included.

A rig worker is considered a seaman under the Jones Act even if he does not consider himself one.

Types of Oil Rig Accidents

Oil Rig Accidents

Here are some of the most common oil rig accidents our attorneys see. These oil rig accidents can lead to all sorts of injuries, including burns, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and more. Tragically, sometimes oil rig accidents can be fatal. Working on a vessel at sea or an oil platform is a job full of potential danger.

  • Oil blowouts and oil spills
  • Accidents on oil platform
  • Explosions and fires on rigs
  • Collapses or malfunctions of oil rigs
  • Accidents related to equipment
  • Helicopter accidents during transport to and from oil rigs

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Oil Rig Accidents

Working on oil rigs can be especially dangerous. Because of this, accidents that occur on an oil rig can be very serious and fatal. Traumatic and serious injuries on oil rigs include:

  • Burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis, partial or permanent
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs

Recovering from the injuries takes time – sometimes months or even years. Many of these victims will miss work for an extended period of time. While they are out of work, medical bills and other financial obligations mount. Victims and their families are then left with no way of paying their bills. When this happens, victims cannot provide the support needed to meet the daily needs for them and their families.

Our lawyers want you to know that, if you or a loved one has been injured in an oil rig accident, you should consult our attorneys before you accept a settlement of any kind from an oil field company or their insurance company. It’s common for these companies to attempt coerce you into settlements that are much lower than you deserve. You don’t have to accept these offers. No matter how minor or severe your injury, you have the right to hire an experienced oil rig accident attorney and seek the maximum compensation allowable by law.

Common Causes of Oil Rig Accidents

Oil rig accidents can cause any number of injuries. Some of the most common our attorneys see include:

Burns: Because oil, gas and other chemicals used in oil rigs are so extremely flammable, burns often occur in oil rig accidents. These volatile materials and others are present in most oil rigs. When pressure builds up, it can easily cause an explosion, sparking a blaze and lead to serious burns on workers in the area. Burns can also occur from touching toxic chemicals and substances.

Exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes: Rigs often house many toxic chemicals and substances. Extended exposure to the fumes of these substances often causes respiratory problems, damage to the brain and other health conditions in workers.

Brain and head injuries: Oil rig workers are often very high off the ground. Falling from such heights can cause serious head, brain and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can lead to permanent brain damage and sometimes paralysis. Workers can suffer these injuries from equipment that falls from above them, or from a slip and fall in an unsafe work area.

Amputations: Machinery and tools as strong as those on oil rigs can crush or sever limbs and other body parts.

Compensation for Oil Rig Accidents

You may be wondering what type of compensation you can receive if you or someone you loved has suffered an injury on an oil rig. You can receive compensation for injuries, or wrongful death in these areas:

  • Hospital bills
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescriptions
  • Physicians bills
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of current and future income
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Vocational training and rehabilitation

Contact an Experienced Oil Rig Accident Attorney

Oil rig accident law is complex and, at times, overwhelming. There are different laws that apply on oil rigs and in maritime accidents that do not apply to everyday jobs on land. If you or a loved one has been injured in an oil rig accident, you need an experienced and passionate oil rig accident attorney on your side.

The oil rig accident lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek can walk you through your case and do whatever it takes to secure you the highest compensation allowable by law. Contact us at (855) 400-4714, or contact us online. Our consultations are always free and we’re always waiting to help.

 

Oil Rig Accident FAQs

Yes. In many instances, fault does not matter under maritime law. Claims are typically only denied due to fault on the part of the worker if the injuries were sustained while drinking on the job, for example, or getting into a fistfight with a co-worker. Regardless of whose fault you think it was, it is best to speak with an attorney.

It’s often hard to tell who was at fault for your injuries. Many times negligence is only seen when it results in someone’s injury. It’s our firm’s job to investigate these cases and find who is responsible. This could be anyone from your employer to a manufacturer of a piece of equipment that harmed you.

Yes. Even if your injury seems minor and you think you should keep working, don’t take chances with your health. Visit a doctor immediately and get detailed medical documentation for any injury. Failing to do this could mean you are unable to properly seek compensation later should the condition get worse.

If you disagree with a doctor’s diagnosis, consult with another doctor. You don’t have to be held to one doctor’s opinion. Also, remember that you are free to choose your own doctor without interference from your employer.

Even if the accident was your fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. Fault typically does not apply unless a worker was intoxicated on the job or something similarly reckless. Contact an experienced oil rig accident attorney immediately. Anything you say could jeopardize your ability to be fairly compensated for your accident. It’s possible your employer is blaming you because the employer is the one responsible – which could mean you can seek additional compensation.

Please contact Pierce | Skrabanek for a free case consultation at (855) 400-4714. We will evaluate the facts and applicable law of your case. We handle all cases on a contingency basis which means that we don’t get paid unless we win.