Offshore Oil Field Accident
Oil companies make billions of dollars drilling for oil and gas on inland waterways and the Gulf of Mexico of the Texas coast from Beaumont to Corpus Christi. Many times oil field workers are injured because of negligent acts by drilling companies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations, working with old or faulty equipment, required to work long hours to meet demands of corporate oil production goals, and in many cases without any regard for their workers health and well being. As an oil field worker, you need to aware of your rights and responsibilities in the event you are injured in an oil field accident.
If you have been injured in any type of offshore accident, you may be covered under a special law known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides special protection to oil field workers on boats and other types of vessels like jack-ups or oil rigs. The team of Carabin Shaw has the experience to help prove negligence because of unsafe work environment which will help you recover compensation for pain, suffering, and/or permanent disability. Under the Jones Act, any injured person who is not offered fair compensation by an employer can have his or her case decided by a jury. The benefits to you are immense because jury members typically have much more in common with injured workers than oil and gas companies and their insurance providers. Simply, they want to limit their liability by proving that the accident was caused by your negligence not theirs. If you have been injured in an oil rig accident, the employer’s doctor is most likely to be biased and advise you to not seek the medical attention that you need. It’s very important in any type of oil rig injury that you seek a subsequent medical opinion from a board certified doctor on the advice and consent of your legal team.
Oil field companies have hired the best lawyers money can buy to limit their liability and negligence in accident cases with their employees. You want to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve so you can take care of yourself and your family.