Workers on Jack-Up Oil Rigs in the Gulf at Risk for Serious Injuries
Used extensively in offshore oil and natural gas drilling operations—particularly in the Gulf—jack-up oil rigs are mobile platforms that have built-in electric or hydraulic motors that allow them to be raised or lowered as needed. While these rigs are huge money-makers for the companies that own them, they can be extremely dangerous for those who work on them.
Every year, maritime workers are injured or killed in jack-up oil rig accidents that range from simple slips and falls to fires, electrocutions and explosions. In extreme cases, these hulking and complex pieces of machinery can even collapse or capsize.
Not surprisingly, the injuries sustained in jack-up oil rig accidents can be devastating. Common injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Crushed or amputated limbs
- Back and spinal cord injuries
Depending on the severity of their injuries, jack-up oil rig workers may find themselves out of work temporarily or even permanently after an accident. Fortunately, maritime laws such as the Jones Act offer protection for seamen injured as the result of an employer’s negligence. The Jones Act allows these workers to seek compensation for economic damages—such as medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning potential—as well as non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement. Similarly, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) offers oil rig workers protections similar to standard workers’ compensation benefits.
Do You Need Help Pursuing a Maritime Injury Case?
Being injured in a jack-up oil rig accident can leave maritime workers feeling powerless and worried about their futures. However, if you were seriously injured in an oil rig accident, you have legal options, and the experienced maritime and admiralty attorneys with Steve Lee Attorney at Law are committed to helping you find the legal solution that’s right for you and your unique situation.
If you’re considering seeking compensation under the Jones Act for injuries sustained in a jack-up oil rig accident, contact Steve Lee’s Houston law office today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial case consultation.