Oil Rig Derrick Accidents

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About Derrick Accidents

A oil derrick is a type of lifting structure often found on oil rigs, on land rigs, platforms, drill ships and at docking facilities. There are many different types of lifting derricks including basket, a-frame, guy and stiff leg. When a derrick is mounted on a ship, drilling barge, jack-up rig or other vessel it is known as a floating derrick. A different type of derrick is used in oil and natural gas production. These kinds of derricks, generally called oil derricks, are tall frameworks which are used to support drilling machinery and to hoist and lower equipment and pipe. Oil derricks often operate on a constant basis and require a large crew to make sure they are running properly.

Whether an individual is working on a derrick affixed to a ship, on a jackup rig, or on an offshore drilling platform, derrick accidents are likely to occur. These jobs are inherently dangerous and workers can suffer serious injuries, ranging from fractures and crushed limbs to spinal cord injuries, chemical exposures, burns, head injuries, and even death. All types of unfortunate incidents and accidents can occur in these types of environments, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents from spilled oil and drilling mud
  • Stair accidents
  • Ladder accidents
  • Crush accidents
  • Burns and explosions
  • Well blowouts
  • Slip & tong accidents
  • Injuries caused when tools and equipment fall off of the derrick
  • Rough seas and violent weather conditions

A Maritime Injury and Jones Act Lawyer Can Help

If you have been injured in a derrick accident you should speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. These types of cases involve complicated laws and legal rules and you will need to work with a skilled attorney who can determine which laws best apply to your situation. For instance, if you were injured while working on a derrick affixed to a drill ship, barge or jack-up rig you may have a legal claim under the Jones Act. If, however, your injuries resulted from an accident on a stationary offshore drilling platform, your claim is likely to fall under different laws and statutes such as the Longshore Harbor & Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) which extends the LHWCA to maritime employees working on the Outer Continental Shelf.

When you are injured in a derrick accident it is important to make sure you are being represented by a lawyer who understands the complex body of laws and regulations governing maritime operations. The Willis Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience handling difficult and challenging maritime injury cases. We are recognized as a national authority on maritime injury law and we represent individuals nationwide who have been injured in all types of maritime accidents. Whether your accident was due to a malfunctioning piece of machinery, an inadequately trained crew, negligent contractor, careless third party, lack of proper safety precautions, or any other reason, we have the skills and knowledge necessary to help you obtain the compensation you need to deal with your injuries.

Schedule a Confidential Consultation Today

The Willis Law Firm offers free consultations to workers who have been injured in maritime accidents. We understand the challenges you are facing and are committed to giving you the information you need to make the right choices for you and the people you care most about. Call us today at 1-800-468-4878.

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