Offshore Oil Rig Accidents
Alexandria Oil Rig Injury Attorney
Injuries on offshore oil rig platforms are quite common. In fact, the likelihood of an injury has contributed significantly to high oil rig worker pay. Regardless of the inherent risks involved in the industry, oil rig operators still have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe working environment given the circumstances. Failure to do so could expose them to liability, and it could give the injured worker an actionable claim for damages.
Application of the Jones Act
Offshore oil rig platforms are constructed on “navigable waterways,” and as such, workers who spend a significant portion of their time on an oil rig will be classified as seamen under the federal Jones Act.
The Jones Act gives a seaman the right to bring a negligence-based injury claim against their employer for failure to maintain the vessel (the oil rig platform, in this case) in a reasonably safe condition. A broad range of damages are available, including pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and more. Further, the employer may be held liable even if they are only partially responsible for the damages suffered.
Common Negligence-Related Causes of Oil Rig Injuries
When bringing an injury claim against the defendant-operator of the oil rig platform, you’ll have to establish that the defendant was negligent. In other words, you’ll have to show that they failed to exercise ordinary care in maintaining a reasonably safe work environment.
Oil rig injuries can be caused by a variety of negligent acts, including but not limited to the following:
- Failure to hire competent, qualified oil rig workers
- Failure to properly supervise oil rig workers
- Failure to properly train oil rig workers
- Inadequate maintenance of oil rig equipment
- Failure to provide adequate safety equipment (i.e., fire suppression tools in the event of a fire-related incident)
- Inadequate security
- Dangerous conditions of property (i.e., slipping hazards, tripping hazards, etc.)
- Reckless chemical exposure
Though the operator of the oil rig may be liable for the damages you suffered aboard the offshore oil rig, there may be other liable defendants, too. In the offshore oil rig context, for example, there are often contractors and other third-party teams providing outsourced services to the oil rig workers. If those third parties are negligent, and they thereby cause you harm, then you could ostensibly bring an independent injury claim against them for damages.
Consult an Experienced Alexandria Oil Rig Injury Attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel for Help
At the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, we relentlessly advocate on behalf of those who have suffered injuries in various maritime-related accidents, including offshore oil rig accidents.
The process of securing compensation for your injuries can be a challenging and confusing journey, and as such, we maintain a highly-communicative relationship with our clients to ensure that they are kept apprised of case developments. This dynamic also ensures that we have all the information we need to act decisively when necessary in order to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
If you’d like to learn about how we can help, call 318-445-2121 or send us a message online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an Alexandria oil rig injury attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel.