How an Offshore Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Injuries
When an individual is hurt working on an offshore oil rig, workover rig or any other type of stationary platform the injuries can be serious. The injured worker may have to be off of work for an extended period of time and in some instances the worker may never be able to return to the job. The Willis Law Firm is a leader in maritime injury law. We have more than 30 years of experience representing individuals who have been injured in all types of offshore platform and oil rig accidents, including:
- Slip and falls, including oil-based drilling mud
- Crane accidents
- Tong and slip accidents
- Drilling floor accidents
- Equipment failures and injuries
- Fires and Explosions
- Offshore crew boat transportation accidents
- Stair case falls
- Sanitation issues, food poisoning and Legionnaires Disease
- Personnel transfer accidents including Billy Pugh Baskets injuries
- Dangerous sea conditions
- Offshore helicopter accidents
Legal Remedies for Injured Workers
If you have been injured while working on an oil rig or stationary platform you may be legally entitled to collect significant benefits and compensation for your injuries. When a maritime employee is involved in an accident on a fixed structure, such as an oil rig, these types of cases often fall under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Passed by Congress in 1953, OCSLA extends the Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) to maritime employees working on the Outer Continental Shelf. Under OCSLA, injured maritime employees are entitled to collect benefits similar to the benefits offered under a traditional state workers’ compensation program, including:
- Disability Benefits
- Medical Coverage
- Death Benefits
- Rehabilitation/Retraining Benefits
Your right to collect these benefits is “absolute,” meaning they must be provided to you regardless of who was at fault for your accident and injuries.
The Laws Can be Confusing – Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Lawyer
It is important to recognize OCSLA can be a difficult statute to interpret and apply to maritime injury cases. There are many legal nuances to the Act and oftentimes it can be hard to determine whether a maritime accident actually falls under OCSLA, the Jones Act or other maritime injury laws. When you are injured in an offshore incident it is always best to consult with an experienced maritime accident lawyer who will identify all laws applicable to your claim.
There are also strict statutes of limitation that apply in these types of cases. If you fail to take action within the legal time limit you may be barred from filing your claim. For instance, in an OCSLA case the legal claim is governed by the statute of limitations of the “closest adjacent state.” This means if Texas is the closest adjacent state you will only have two years to file your claim because Texas has a two year statute of limitations. However, if Louisiana is found to be the closest adjacent state, you will only have one year to file your claim. It is critical that you speak to a lawyer soon after the accident so that these potential legal traps can be prevented.
Contact the Willis Law Firm
If you have questions about an offshore injury claim the Willis Law Firm can help. Our legal team will thoroughly review your case and make sure you take all of the actions necessary to preserve your legal rights. Call us today at 1-800-468-4878 to find out how we can help you recover the full financial benefits you are legally entitled to.