Jones Act Law Firm Representing Employees of All Major Offshore and Maritime Companies
All offshore and maritime workers face risks on the job. While some of these risks have to do with the nature of the work these employees perform, many of the risks have to do with offshore and maritime companies’ failure to take appropriate safety precautions.
This is evident in the fact that some companies have much higher accident rates than others. Some companies routinely appear in the headlines for the wrong reasons, and the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) receives incident reports involving some companies much more frequently than others. While these companies often try to blame unexpected weather patterns, defective equipment and other factors, subsequent investigations have shown that these companies are responsible in most cases.
Offshore and Maritime Companies Can (and Should) Be Held Liable for Their Employees’ Injuries
When offshore and maritime companies are to blame for their employees’ injuries, these companies can – and should – be held liable. The Jones Act and other federal maritime laws provide workers with clear legal rights, and these laws entitle employees and their families to financial compensation when companies’ negligent acts and other misdeeds lead to injuries and fatalities.
Our Jones Act law firm represents employees and their families in claims against all major offshore and maritime companies. This includes (but is not limited to) companies such as:
Centerline Logistics Corp.
Formerly known as Harley Marine Services, Centerline Logistics Corp. operates barges that provide refueling services for other commercial vessels. According to the company’s website, “[t]hrough its fleet of modern Articulated Tugs and Barges (ATBs), Centerline keeps refineries and terminals supplied over a vast operating region that extends from the United States’ largest ports to some of its most rural locations.”
Chevron is a global oil and gas company that owns Texaco and several other brands. It conducts exploration and production operations around the world, “working in extremely difficult environments, and [with] major operations in some of the world’s most important oil and gas regions.” This includes the Gulf of Mexico, among many others.
Diamond Offshore Drilling
Diamond Offshore Drilling is an offshore drilling contractor headquartered in Katy, Texas. It operates multiple drilling rigs, semi-submersible platforms and drillships in the Gulf of Mexico and other waters. It operates both deep-water and ultra-deepwater units.
Exmar Offshore bills itself as, “a multi-disciplinary maritime and offshore solutions provider, designing and delivering sustainable and efficient value to its customers.” The company operates liquified petroleum gas (LPG) shipping vessels, provides floating infrastructure solutions and provides technical and crewing services for other offshore and maritime companies.
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, ExxonMobil is one of the largest oil companies in the world. It conducts exploration, drilling and other offshore operations on an enormous scale, employing individuals in all offshore and maritime occupations on land, onboard vessels, and on rigs and platforms at sea. Among other notorious incidents, ExxonMobil remains well-known for the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.
Global Marine Safety
With offices in Texas and around the world, Global Marine Safety offers support for fire, rescue and safety marine services. It also provides equipment calibration, navigation, communication, lifeboat, davit and winch system, marine engineering, and other services to offshore and maritime companies in the U.S. and globally.
Kirby Corporation’s website says that the company, “operates the largest inland and offshore tank barge fleets in the United States.” Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company provides inland and offshore marine transport, ocean transport, distribution and other services.
McAllister Towing & Transportation
Headquartered in New York, McAllister Towing & Transportation operates a fleet of more than 75 tugboats, crew boats and barges. It provides services including LNG bunkering and support, offshore and contract towing, ship docking, and wind farm support along the East Coast of the United States and in Puerto Rico.
Murphy Oil Corporation
Murphy Oil Corporation is a hydrocarbon exploration company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company also touts, “a long history of crude oil and natural gas production and exploration across the globe.” It operates drillships, semi-submersible rigs, floating production systems (FPS), pump jacks and other facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is a Norwegian company that operates in more than a dozen countries, including the United States. Its operations, “support the energy industry, including oil & gas, offshore renewables, carbon capture and storage,” and its fleet includes a variety of operational, flexible and support vessels.
Valaris PLC, formerly Rowan Companies, Inc., is another Houston-based drilling company. It currently conducts drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and various other locations around the world. It operates jackup rigs, semi-submersibles, drillships and managed platforms, and claims to provide, “drilling services across all water depths with unmatched scale, geographic presence and customer relationships.”
Superior Energy Services
Superior Energy Services is an oilfield services company that is also headquartered in Houston, Texas. According to the company’s website, it “serves the rental and well servicing needs of oil and gas companies worldwide through a portfolio of specialized oilfield services and equipment,” and it owns several brands of oil and gas equipment and machinery as well.
Tidewater Inc. is a Houston-based company that provides vessels and marine services to other companies in the offshore petroleum and wind energy industries. It claims to operate the largest fleet of offshore supply vessels (OSVs) in the industry, and it operates large fleets of anchor handling towing supply vessels, offshore tugs, crew boats and fast supply vessels (FSVs) as well.
Protecting Injured Maritime Workers and their Families
The Willis Law Firm understands just how traumatic maritime injuries can be. We know the recovery process is long and painful and in many cases the maritime worker will never get well enough to return to his former job. If you have been injured in a maritime accident, the loss of income combined with staggering medical bills can leave you wondering whether you will ever have the financial stability you need to recover and move forward with your life. While working in the maritime industry is a risky occupation, you probably never anticipated just how quickly a workplace accident could change your life and the lives of the people you care most about.
Whether you have been injured at sea, on a lake or river, or on a port, dock, rig, chemical plant or terminal, or other maritime structure the Willis Law Firm is focused on helping you obtain the maximum relief you are entitled to. Your employer and the other companies who may be responsible for your injuries are likely to do everything they can to limit their exposure and protect themselves from financial liability. Our firm is well aware of how these corporations operate when a serious maritime accident occurs and we will do everything within our power to protect your legal rights and make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Contact Our Jones Act Law Firm for a Free and Confidential Consultation
If you work for any of these companies – or any other offshore or maritime company – and have been injured on the job, we encourage you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation. We can assess your rights under the Jones Act and other federal maritime laws, and we can fight for just compensation on your behalf. To schedule an appointment as soon as possible, call our Jones Act law firm at 800-468-4878 or tell us how we can reach you online now.