Oil platforms, also known as offshore drilling rigs, are large structures that hold facilities for petroleum and natural gas extraction, storage, and processing. Workers on these platforms are subject to falling objects, commercially-sized swinging cables, raised loads, unsecured ladders, wet stairs, and slippery catwalks. Additionally, many of the materials used are extremely flammable, putting seamen at risk of fire.
A rigger works moving large, heavy objects around with the assistance of machinery. They're responsible for maintaining and setting up drills and drill accessory equipment. Not only do riggers work in the presence of dangerous materials, like oil or gas, but they also deal with rough seas, long hours, and subpar safety regulations.
Shipyard employees are injured more than almost any other profession. Their duties include dismantling, building, and maintaining ships, which comes with a multitude of risks. These craftsmen may be responsible for moving heavy materials, utilizing dangerous equipment, and handling chemicals. The Longshore Act covers most accidents that happen in shipyards.
Commercial fishermen have unique compensation laws because of their workplace. They’re protected by federal maritime law as well as the Jones Act. The rough sea can jostle platforms and cause employees to fall from the open deck or through an open hatch. Head and back injuries tend to be most common.
Injuries stemming from crane accidents are rare, but when they happen, they have grave outcomes. Workers may be subject to impacts from a crane collapse or being struck by a crane jib. When these accidents occur, they injure the head, back, and spine -- all absolutely vital areas of the body.
Spud barges are marine construction work platforms, held in place by steel shafts that anchor floating platforms to prevent movement and drifting. Spuds, or the anchoring stakes, may accidentally drop or slip due to operators’ poor training or lack of standard operating procedures. In addition, the stabilizing pins can become dislodged and fall onto employees.
What should I do if I/my family member experience an off-shore injury?
Off-shore injuries are incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons, which is why immediate medical assistance should be sought. In cases resulting in fatality, we recommend the family contacts an attorney as soon as possible. We’ll help you gather any missing documentation, and get you the compensation your family deserves.
What can I receive compensation for?
The gravity of these situations makes you eligible for a range of compensation types depending on your specific situation. Compensation may be awarded for mental and emotional anguish, medical expenses, disfigurement if applicable, and any lost wages.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Settlements can be complicated. Employers and insurance adjusters fight aggressively to minimize the compensation they provide. Our firm understands the necessity of defending the Jones and Longshore acts, and we’re here to protect the rights of sailors, marine workers, and dockworkers.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Most off-shore injury cases are settled outside of court, which makes them speedier processes. On average, the parties may come to a settlement within 30 to 60 days. Like any other lawsuit, resolution is affected by case specifics, like time lost from work, recovery time, and injury severity.