Fixed Platform Injuries

The oil and gas industries have been important parts of the Texas economy for more than a century. They have always been dangerous industries, but the development of workplace regulations was intended to allow workers to enjoy safer, more secure work environments.

Unfortunately, despite the significant strides taken in that time, tragic accidents still may strike. Safety oversights, poor snap judgments, rough weather, and other factors may lead to accidents and injuries aboard fixed platforms, which are secured to the seabed. Fixed platforms are viewed differently under federal laws than motorized vessels and floating platforms, which can make cases involving accidents on fixed platforms complicated.

For those reasons, it’s important to hire the right maritime injury lawyer after sustaining a fixed platform injury. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. is staffed by
maritime accident lawyers with extensive experience handling offshore injury cases. We are equipped to assist workers who have been injured or the families of workers who were killed in a fixed platform accident.

If you are the victim of a fixed platform accident, or you are the surviving family member of someone who was killed in a fixed platform injury, you may be able to recover compensation for injuries and other losses. Contact our Houston maritime injury attorneys for a free consultation today to learn how we can help at .

Common Offshore Fixed Platform Accidents

A fixed platform is a type of offshore platform used in oil and natural gas production. These platforms are anchored to the seabed using concrete or steel legs and support a deck with space for drilling rigs and production facilities.

Fixed platforms may be safer today than ever before, but they aren’t insulated from offshore accidents and may be susceptible to a variety of mishaps. Some of the accidents and oversights that might lead to a fixed platform worker getting injured in the Gulf of Mexico include:

  • Insufficient manpower or improperly trained employees
  • Slippery decks or platforms
  • Oil or gas explosions
  • Collapsed platforms or grates
  • Breathing intoxicating vapors or chemicals

When a Texas Fixed Platform Worker Sustains Serious Injury

When your injury on a fixed platform occurred in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas, the Houston maritime injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can fight compassionately and proficiently on your behalf to obtain justice and monetary compensation.

These accidents, no matter how minor, may have devastating consequences. The potential for injuries aboard fixed platforms is substantial and may lead to the following:

  • Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries after a blow to the head or fall
  • Severe burns after explosions or fires
  • Respiratory ailments after inhaling toxic chemicals or fumes
  • Broken bones after falls or blunt force trauma
  • Amputated limbs
  • Spinal cord damage or paralysis
  • Fatalities

If you are a fixed platform worker assigned to an oil rig or other platform used for the production of oil or gas, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.

Damages in Fixed Platform Cases

If you’ve sustained a fixed platform injury, you may be entitled to compensation to offset some of your mounting medical costs, loss of earning capacity, and other losses caused by your injury.

Fixed platform employees are covered under different sets of maritime laws than people who work on ships or vessels. Legally, fixed platform workers are considered longshoremen and may be eligible for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). This act allows fixed platform workers to receive workers’ compensation benefits. It also allows them to sue a third party when their injuries are caused by negligence.

Employees who meet certain requirements are typically eligible for payment of:

  • Temporary or permanent disability payments
  • Medical treatment
  • Transportation costs
  • Rehabilitation costs

The LHWCA also allows certain injured workers or surviving family members to sue a third party for negligence in causing injury or death. In a negligence lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Physical limitations
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish

The experienced Houston maritime accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can discuss the circumstances of your offshore injury and explain what options for compensation might be available to you.

How Our Houston Maritime Injury Attorneys Can Help

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston personal injury lawyers are well-versed in federal maritime laws as well as Texas personal injury laws. We will fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury and draw on decades of maritime injury experience to help you decide the best course of action. Our goal is to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to move forward with your life after a serious accident and to hold negligent parties accountable for causing your injuries.

We are proud of our work on maritime and general personal injury cases throughout Texas, including those cases representing people who have been injured on fixed platforms. In each case we handle, we fight to obtain the maximum compensation available. Our track record includes obtaining numerous multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of clients who suffered debilitating maritime injuries.

If you have been injured in a fixed platform accident, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at to find out how we can help you.