Texas offshore oil rig workers: Do you know your personal injury rights if you are injured on a drilling or offshore rig at sea?
Working on an offshore or oil rig is a dangerous job. Employees work with ropes, ladders, complex machinery and the risk of accidents, spills and fires are high. There are many safety regulations to protect workers on these drilling and oil platforms, but no matter what precautions are in place workers employed on rigs and platforms are at a much higher risk of accidents than most employees.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion is an example of how dangerous these occupations can be. BP faces lawsuits from individuals and businesses who are seeking compensation for economic and personal injury damages.
The Jones Act and Maritime Law
For workers who have been injured on one of Texas' many offshore rigs , federal maritime law may allow you to collect compensation for your damages if you are injured in this line of work. The Jones Act or maritime laws govern the legal options if you have been injured on an oil rig. Unfortunately, large corporations have enough power to try to avoid paying injured oil rig workers any compensation. The sooner you contact an attorney about your case, the better.
Offshore drilling accidents and injuries
An oil rig is a dangerous place to work. Serious accidents can occur on any platform, regardless of the many safety requirements. Injuries from offshore or oil rig accidents can include, but are not limited to:
- Amputation of limbs
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Equipment negligence
- Various types of drilling rig accidents
Drilling rigs and other offshore structures in the Gulf Coast expose oil and gas workers to dangerous environments
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows that a serious maritime accident or offshore fatality can be complex. If you have been injured in a serious maritime accident, contact a board certified personal injury lawyer to investigate the facts of your case. You can fill out our contact form or call toll-free 877-342-2020 for a free case evaluation.