Ask just about anyone from outside of Texas about the state, and one of the first words that springs to mind will be “oil.” The oil and natural gas industries have been central to the Texas economy for more than a century and continue to provide a considerable number of jobs.
A significant portion of oil and natural gas exploration has moved offshore into the Gulf of Mexico, which can be a dangerous environment for workers. When something goes wrong while exploring an oil or natural gas repository, fires or explosions may result. A worker on an oil or natural gas platform who is burned will have extensive medical bills and a lengthy recovery time with a likelihood of permanent damage.
Offshore oil and gas platforms are environments rife with the possibility of many types of accidents that may result in serious or fatal injuries, such as:
Blowouts that result in fires or explosions
Workers falling from a height onto the deck of a rig or into the ocean
Unsecured tools or objects falling and hitting workers
Improperly maintained equipment may fail
Leaking of toxic chemicals or fumes
Broken cables falling and hitting workers
Pipe tongs breaking or malfunctioning
Helicopter or boat accidents while traveling to or from a platform
Accidents such as these can result in catastrophic injuries that include mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries, amputations, severe burns, paralysis, and other significant injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in an offshore drilling accident, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and damages. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer or against a third party that caused your injuries through negligence.
Why Consider a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
When you’re hurt while performing backbreaking work on an offshore drilling rig, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages, including payment of:
Loss of earning capacity
When you are hurt because of someone else’s negligence, the legal system is intended to make you whole again. The purpose of financial compensation is to ensure that you can get the medical care you need and to restore your losses.
However, it may be difficult to obtain the full value of your losses without filing a lawsuit. The oil company, contractor, or insurance company will want to make your case go away with as small a payout as possible. The initial offer might look attractive when medical bills are stacking up, but it is actually far less than you might receive with the help of an experienced offshore injury lawyers
Offshore Drilling Injury Laws
Offshore drilling injury cases often involve laws that are unique from other types of personal injury cases or workers’ compensation. Depending on your circumstances and the type of rig where you were hurt, you may be able to obtain compensation under the Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, or under the doctrine of Maintenance and Cure.
It’s important that your lawsuit is brought under the right maritime law so that you’re able to recover all of the damages to which you’re entitled. Your future depends on obtaining help from a maritime accidents lawyer who knows details of the various laws that might apply to your case.
Skilled Representation for Your Offshore Drilling Injury Case
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have extensive experience with virtually every type of offshore accident and injury. We fight to obtain justice for injured maritime workers and to recover the maximum compensation possible when we take a case to court.
The outcome of any particular case will depend on the unique fact pattern in the case, but we can assure you that when we handle your case you’ll get exceptional representation from a team of dedicated and knowledgeable offshore injury lawyers with a track record of standing up to large companies and their teams of high-priced defense lawyers.
We have the skill and the resources to take offshore drilling injury cases to court using the best experts in the country to support your claim and convince a jury to give you fair compensation for your injuries.
Types of Offshore Drilling Injury Cases We Handle
In our decades of practice, The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has represented people hurt in numerous types of offshore drilling accidents. A sample of some of the types of accidents and injuries we can handle includes: