Jack-Up Drilling Rig is a Risky Job
A jack-up rig or jack-up platform is a self-elevating structure used to provide a firm base to oil rigs in drilling operations. Jack-up rigs are generally categorized into two different types: open truss platforms and columnar platforms. These rigs are mobile platforms that are generally towed to a drilling site on tugs or heavy lift ships.
Working on a jack-up drilling rig is a risky job even in the best conditions. All types of accidents can occur on these movable platforms, including:
- Transfer accidents
- Falling equipment from derrick
- Tongs & Slips Injuries
- Falls from decks and platforms
- Stair and ladder accidents
- Drilling floor accidents
- Wireline operation accidents
- Crew boat and supply boat accidents
- Transportation helicopter accidents
- Severe weather conditions and rough seas
- Sanitation and food poisoning incidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Heavy lifting or pulling accidents
- Oil-based drilling mud spills
- Equipment failures and machinery collapses
- Fires and explosions
A jack-up rig injury accident can change the course of your life in an instant. These kinds of accidents often lead to severe injuries which you may never be able to completely recover from. In addition to pain and suffering, when you are injured in a jack-up platform accident you are likely to sustain significant financial losses, including medical expenses and lost wages and income. With so much on the line, you need to be sure you have a trusted legal team on your side who can protect your rights and help you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.
An Offshore Injury Attorney Can Help
The Willis Law Firm fights for the rights of workers and their families when a maritime accident occurs. We have extensive experience handling all types of maritime injury cases, including cases involving jack-up rigs, drillships and other mobile drilling platforms. In a majority of these cases a federal statute known as the Jones Act will apply. The Jones Act enables injured seamen, including jack-up rig and oil rig workers, to collect maintenance and cure benefits from their employers. The Act also gives these seamen the right to sue an employer for negligence damages.
In some cases the injured person may be a contracted worker who is sent out to the rig to assist with a specific job. Even though this individual is not technically employed by the company operating the rig, he may still have a legal claim against the company under the Jones Act. For instance, if the individual spends enough time working on the rig he may be considered a “borrowed seaman” under the borrowed servant doctrine and be entitled to Jones Act rights and protection.
When you are injured on a jack-up rig or any other type of maritime structure or platform it can be difficult to determine which laws apply to your case. An experienced offshore injury and accident attorney can review your case to determine whether the Jones Act or other maritime injury laws provide the best opportunity for a full financial recovery.
Call The Willis Law Firm – 1-800-468-4878
If you have been injured in a jack-up rig accident The Willis Law Firm is here to help. Attorney David Willis is licensed in both Texas and New York and represents victims of offshore maritime accidents nationwide. Consultations with The Willis Law Firm are always free and completely confidential. Call us today to discuss your case.