Serious Injuries Can Occur as a Result of Drillship Accidents
Drilling ships are special purpose vessels that are used for exploratory drilling and the extraction of oil and gas at sea. These ships generally include a drilling derrick, mooring system and a moon pool (a hole in the center of the ship) and are often equipped with a helipad, dynamic positioning systems (DPS) and other equipment to help support offshore drilling operations. The machinery on these types of vessels is used in deep water operations, ranging from 2,000 feet to over 10,000 feet. Unlike semi-submersible and jack-up rigs, drill ships offer tremendous mobility and can sail quickly between different drilling site operations.
While drilling operations may utilize highly advanced and sophisticated technologies, working on a drill ship is still a dangerous job. Serious injuries, including deaths, can occur from risky and hazardous conditions, including:
- Poorly maintained or faulty equipment
- Collisions with other vessels
- Inadequately trained crew
- Negligent third parties or contractors
- Ladder and stair falls
- Oil-based drilling mud spills
- Slip & falls on drilling floor
- Fires and explosions
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Machinery failures
What You Need to Do
If you have been injured in a drill ship accident you need to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible. The laws and rules governing drill ship injuries are extremely complicated. If you fail to take the correct action within the deadline set forth under the law, you could ruin your chance for a recovery. In addition to your pain and suffering, your injuries could threaten your ability to ever return to your job. With so much at stake, you need to be sure you are working with an attorney who has extensive experience handling legal claims under the Jones Act and General Maritime Laws.
When you work with the Willis Law Firm we will make certain you have the information you need to take the right legal actions. We have more than 30 years of experience helping injured workers, seaman and other maritime workers obtain maximum financial recoveries.
If your injury occurred while working on a drill ship, your claim is likely to fall under the Jones Act. This means in addition to collecting maintenance and cure benefits from your employer, you may also be able to file a lawsuit against your employer if your employer was negligent. In a Jones Act negligence case, you will be able to seek recovery for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, disability and disfigurement, past and future medical care and other damages associated with your injuries.
In addition to your claims against your employer, you may have the right to file lawsuits against other third parties or contractors responsible for your injuries, including the owner of the drilling ship, product manufacturers and suppliers, and companies responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment on your drillship or vessel. Our firm will carefully review your accident to identify all parties that should be held legally accountable for your injuries.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Jones Act Claims
When you are injured in a drill ship accident it can be hard to figure what you should do. A good first step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced maritime injury attorney. The Willis Law Firm offers free, confidential consultations to injured crew members and other maritime employees. We are an experienced maritime injury law firm that is committed to making the legal process as simple and easy as possible for our clients. Call us today at 1-800-468-4878 to discuss your case.