Oil Rig Accidents

Oil Rig Accidents, Jones Act

How an Oil Rig Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Injuries

Working on an oil rig, jackup rig or drilling platform is an inherently dangerous job. Serious injuries can occur many of which can be life changing for both workers and the members of their families. When you are injured in an oil rig incident or any other type of maritime accident it is paramount to seek out an experienced lawyer who can explain your rights and provide you with the advice you need to deal with a difficult situation.

The Willis Law Firm is a Texas-based law firm that has been protecting and enforcing the rights of injured maritime workers for more than 30 years. We represent crew members, deck hands, roustabouts, floor hands, tool pushers, roughnecks, and other maritime employees across the nation who have been injured in all types of oil rig and maritime accidents. Our firm has extensive experience fighting for the rights of oil rig workers who have suffered serious injuries from all types of hazardous conditions, including:

  • Slip and falls from decks and platforms
  • Back and spinal injuries from lifting accidents
  • Traumatic amputations for equipment failures
  • Falling objects
  • Stair and ladder accidents
  • Kelly and rotary table accidents,
  • Injuries from Tongs and Slips
  • Inadequately trained crews
  • Grease and oil on deck
  • Drilling pipe accidents
  • Well blowouts
  • Unsafe work practices
  • Dangerous or malfunctioning equipment
  • Fires and explosions
  • Equipment failures collapses
  • Assault by fellow crew member or others
  • Crew boat and Supply Boat Transportation Accidents
  • Helicopter Personnel Transport accidents and injuries
  • Violent seas and hazardous weather conditions

Different Laws May Apply Depending on Where You Were Injured

When you are injured in an oil or gas drilling accident it is important to understand that different laws will apply depending upon where you were injured. For instance, if you were injured on a drilling vessel or an offshore floating or movable platform, such as a jack-up rig, your case is likely to fall under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal statute that provides injured seamen with important legal rights. Under the Jones Act an injured seamen has the right to collect maintenance and cure and other benefits from an employer regardless of who is to blame for an accident. Under the Jones Act, if an employer’s negligence played a part in the accident, even the slightest, the seaman has the right to sue an employer for negligence.

Under the Jones Act, the seaman’s employer is required to provide a reasonably safe place to work and to maintain and keep the vessel in a safe condition or seaworthy. If you were injured on a fixed or stationary platform the Jones Act is unlikely to apply to your case. Depending upon the nature of your work and the location of your accident you may have legal rights under other laws and statutes such as Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Determining which laws apply in an oil rig accident is often a difficult and complex process. Our lawyers will carefully review your situation to identify the right laws and regulations applicable to your situation.

The Willis Law Firm Can Help

Regardless of the type of vessel you were working on, or whether your oil rig accident occurred offshore or on land, the Willis Law Firm can help. We are an aggressive and dedicated legal team with decades of experience helping injured seamen and workers recover the full financial compensation they are legally entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential review of your oil rig accident claim with a lawyer at our firm: 1-800-468-4878.

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