Texas Oil Rig Accident Lawyer
Oil rigs have become a way of life for many of us along the Gulf Coast, as husbands, fathers, and other family members leave for weeks on end to make a decent living on offshore oil rigs. The oil industry is a major industry in the gulf and is the leading industry for prominent jobs within Texas. With these jobs come great risks to your well-being, but this does not mean that you have accepted injury in taking a job on an oil rig. If you have been injured while working on an oil rig, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to understand your rights and remedies in any legal claims.
Oil Rig Accidents in Texas
As a worker on an oil rig, you have legal rights that must be protected. Life on an oil rig requires long hours and long weeks away from your family, which make accidents more prevalent due to lax conditions as time goes on. Accidents occur on oil rigs frequently due to unsafe conditions and regulations that have not been followed. Many are caused by unpreventable accidents that are a way of life on oil rigs, but oil companies are still liable for these accidents. Other injuries can be caused by toxic fumes that are not adequately discovered.
Injuries on oil rigs can be quite widespread and can include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Chemical inhalation
- Chemical burns
Claims for Oil Rig Accidents
Workers’ compensation claims can cover many injuries aboard oil rigs, but there are expanded protections for workers on offshore oil rigs. Oil rig workers who are injured at sea can fall under either federal or state jurisdiction. The federal Jones Act was created specifically for workers at sea who undertake dangerous jobs and helps to compensate oil workers who are injured due to negligence. The Jones Act allows workers to recover medical compensation, lost wages, and loss of future income. Additionally, families of workers who are injured or killed on oil rigs may be compensated for unearned future pay under the High Seas Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers act. In these limited scenarios, workers do not need to prove that their employer was at fault in order to receive compensation.
Brian White | Houston Oil Rig Injury Attorney
If you or a family member were injured due to an oil rig accident, it is important to know your legal rights and your right to compensation for your injuries. Brian White has extensive experience in personal injury cases and has represented many oil rig workers who were injured while at work. Brian White is based in Houston, Texas and has a thorough understanding of maritime law and the dangers involved with oil rig work. It is important to contact an attorney with knowledge of both personal injury law and maritime law in order to receive the compensation you deserve.
Call us today for a free initial consultation so we can review your case begin critical investigation as soon as possible. Personal injury cases must be brought within a specific time period, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible so we can ensure your case gets settled and you can continue the process of healing from your injuries.