Working environments for offshore employees are hazardous. Offshore injuries run rampant both on and off the vessel. The laws protecting workers at sea are not the same as the laws protecting workers on land. While this can make the recovery process more confusing, Jeff Green has the experience to help you navigate the system and increase your recovery. Jeff will take a comprehensive look at your case, determine what laws apply and take decisive steps to protect your rights.
The first concern of any individual involved in an offshore accident is getting proper medical care. We will assure your rights are protected with regard to past, present and future doctor's bills.
I represent workers who have been injured during drilling or oil production operations on both land and water in a wide range of offshore and general maritime personal injury cases for accidents which may occur on any of the following:
- Offshore oil drilling rigs
- Oil platform accidents
- Jack-up rigs
- Floating production systems
- River vessels
- Land rigs
- Helicopter transport
- Ferrying to and from the rig
- Oil rig explosions
Many offshore and oil field accidents involve the Jones Act, which covers injured seamen assigned to a rig and injured on that same vessel. If your accident falls under this category, you may have a claim against your employer for negligence, as well as the vessel owner, captain or crew members. Seamen may also file suit if they were injured because a vessel was unseaworthy.
Maintenance & Cure
In addition to filing a claim for personal injury and damages under the Jones Act or General Maritime Law, injured seamen may be eligible for maintenance and cure. Maintenance is a daily worker's compensation rate for seamen, while cure is your employer's obligation to provide proper medical treatment.
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How Offshore Accidents Occur
As the demand for natural resources increases, the oil and gas industry increasingly puts its employees in compromising work environments in order to maximize their profits. Considering offshore work environments are hazardous to begin with, as a greater number of employees operate within the same limited space, the likelihood of personal injury increases. Common offshore accidents include:
- Cathead slips
- Falling objects
- Cables snapping
- Dangerous grating
- Negligent equipment operation
While the Jones Act protects the right of workers involved in offshore accidents, they must be recognized as a seaman. In order for maritime workers to qualify for seaman status, they must meet three qualifications:
- Assignment to a "vessel" that operates on a navigable waterway
- Their responsibilities must contribute to the vessel's operations
- Their contribution must have occurred over a prolonged time period and been significant
If you have been injured in an offshore accident, you should hire an attorney experienced in offshore legal work. Jeff Green once represented large drilling companies, and he knows how they operate. Contact him now to discuss your case.As always, no fee or expenses if no recovery.