Oil Rig Accidents

Rig Injury Lawsuits

Rig injury lawsuits are filed on behalf of oil rig workers that are injured while on the job. Wrongful death claims can also be filed on behalf of families whose loved ones are killed in an explosion or other type of oil rig accident. To speak with a qualified maritime lawyer about a possible claim, contact us today.

Serious Injuries Caused by Oil Rig Accidents

Work on an offshore oil rig is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Accidents and tragedies are a regular occurrence. There is an ever-present danger of fire and explosions, risks of falling from heights, slipping on a water-slick deck, tripping over equipment or lines, being hurt or crushed by heavy machinery, or drowning.

According to a report by the U.S. Minerals Management Service, between 2001 and 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico there were 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions.

Among the kinds of injuries that oil rig accidents cause:

  • Limb Amputations
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Severe burns

Types of Oil Rig Accidents

Fires and explosions are an ever-present concern. Other accidents include:

  • Falling off of a rig
  • Falling from ladders
  • Being hurt by shackles or heavy lines
  • Failure of equipment such as a tow winch
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Exposure to harsh elements
  • Being hurt by falling heavy machinery
  • Drilling accidents
  • Slipping or tripping on deck

Seamen working on an oil platform have recourse to reimbursement through the Jones Act. The act was passed in 1920 to enable workers to sue for their injuries and for their survivors to receive death benefits. Until that time, the laws favored employers or the companies for which the seamen worked. To qualify for compensation under the Jones Act, the seaman must show that his lawyer or a coworker was negligent.

These types of claims can be complicated. It is important for injured workers and their families to have the help of a qualified and experienced maritime lawyer. If you believe that you might have a rig injury lawsuit, contact our rig injury lawyers for a free assessment of your case.