Oil company employees and other offshore and maritime workers in the Gulf region are often exposed to dangerous working conditions that can lead to explosions and fires. From malfunctions on oil rigs to maintenance issues with vessels and land-based machinery, it is frightening to think about just how many risks offshore and maritime workers truly face on a day-to-day basis.
Unfortunately, these risks too often lead to life-changing and fatal accidents. While many explosions and fires are the tragic result of bottom-line thinking at the oil companies, many more result from simple mistakes and unexpected equipment failures. From electrical issues to massive oil and gas leaks, there are countless dangers that can change people’s lives forever in the blink of an eye.
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we are aggressive advocates for individuals and families who are suffering due to injuries and loss of life resulting from maritime explosions and fires. We have extensive experience handling maritime injury and wrongful death claims, and we have the skills and resources necessary to take on the big oil and shipping companies doing business in the Gulf of Mexico. With offices near downtown Houston, we represent victims and their families throughout the Gulf region, and our lawyers are available now to stand up for your legal rights.
Without question, one of the worst and most well-known explosions in the Gulf of Mexico was the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. Eleven oil rig workers died and millions of barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf. Investigators ultimately attributed the Deepwater Horizon explosion to a number of different contributing factors, ranging from a top-down de-emphasis of safety protocols to the misinterpretation of pressure test results following sealing of the well.
Along with these types of mistakes, a wide range of other issues continue to lead to offshore and other maritime explosions and fires every year. Some of the most common causes include:
Regardless of the cause, as a maritime worker (or the close relative of a maritime worker who was killed in an explosion or fire), there are special laws that may entitle you to recover significant financial compensation for your losses.
Laws like the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Death on the High Seas Act provide special protections for maritime workers and their families. Recognizing the dangers that maritime and offshore workers face on a daily basis, in many cases these laws provide for no-fault compensation. This means that victims and their families are often entitled to compensation regardless of the cause of the explosion or fire. However, these laws also allow for fault-based claims, and in many cases filing a fault-based claim is necessary in order to recover full compensation.
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, a Houston fire injury lawyer will help you seek the largest possible settlement or verdict for your losses. We will take on the responsible parties to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your legal rights, schedule a free consultation today.
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing injured maritime workers and their families, and we can help you fight for just compensation. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about protecting your legal rights, call (800) 489-2216 or request a free consultation online now.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.