How a Drilling Rig Accident Lawyer Can Help
When a worker is injured in a drilling rig accident, the results can be devastating. These types of accidents can cause serious injuries which often require extensive medical care and a lengthy period of recovery. Working on an oil or gas drilling operation is a risky occupation and injuries can arise from all types of hazardous and dangerous conditions, including:
- Dangerous and faulty equipment
- Falls from platforms and decks
- Rotary table & kelly injuries
- Slip and falls from drilling muds
- Fires and explosions
- Drilling Floor Accidents
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Tong and slip injuries
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Stair and ladder accidents
- Gas leaks
- Well blowouts
- Heavy lifting or pulling accidents
Holding Companies Responsible for Your Injuries
Employers have a legal duty to take proper precautions to prevent these types of injuries. When an employer breaches this duty and a worker is injured, the employer can generally be held liable for the worker’s damages in a negligence lawsuit. For instance, if an employer fails to implement adequate safety precautions, improperly trains or supervises its crew, or does not adequately maintain machinery and equipment, an injured worker may have the right to file a legal claim against his or her employer. Even if the employer did not act negligently, the law still provides injured maritime workers with the right to collect certain benefits and financial compensation from their employers.
Drilling rig accidents involve a multitude of complex laws and regulations. Depending upon where your accident occurred and the type of work involved, if you were injured on a stationary offshore drilling platform your claim may fall under the Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Both the LHWCA and OCSLA operate similar to a state workers’ compensation program, providing medical care, disability payments and other benefits to the worker regardless of who may have been at fault for the worker’s accident and injuries.
If you are drill rig worker who was injured on a vessel or on floating or movable platform your case is likely to fall under the Jones Act which is a federal statute that provides compensation and other legal rights to seamen who are hurt on the job. While you may be familiar with the terms “maintenance” (daily living expenses) and “cure” (medical care), you may not know the Jones Act also gives an injured seaman the right to file a legal action against an employer where the employer’s negligence played a part in the seaman’s injuries. The injured worker may also have a right to file a negligence action against a third party under General Maritime laws or even a product liability lawsuit for a dangerous or defective product that caused the injury.
The Willis Law Firm Will Protect Your Rights
Dealing with any type of maritime accident can be a difficult process. The legal team at the Willis Law Firm is here to help 24/7. We are an experienced group of legal professionals who are committed to helping you get the financial compensation you need to overcome a challenging situation. Consultations to discuss your drilling rig accident with a lawyer at our firm are always free and completely confidential. Your case is important to us – call us today at 1-800-468-4878.