Platform Injuries

Oil workers on both fixed and tension-leg platforms in the Gulf of Mexico face many dangers on a daily basis. From hurricanes and other storms to health and injury risks created by oil companies’ poor safety practices, it is easy for something to suddenly and unexpectedly go wrong. When it does, it is often the oil companies’ platform workers who pay the price.

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we help injured platform workers and their families win just compensation for offshore accidents. Platform injury cases can be complicated – and the oil companies will be fighting hard to make sure you recover as little as possible – so you need an experienced maritime attorney on your side. Attorneys Nick Morrow and John D. Sheppard have extensive experience in cases involving offshore injuries, and they can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Platform Injuries

Out on the open water, things can get bad in a hurry. Storms can creep up suddenly, and workers who aren’t warned and who are unprepared can quickly find themselves in harm’s way. Even in favorable conditions, you could be days away from the medical treatment you need for your illness or injury.

Some of the issues that commonly lead to dangerous offshore platform injuries include:

  • Equipment failures due to defects, inadequate maintenance or inadequate repairs
  • Saltwater corrosion
  • Mistakes by other crewmembers
  • Slips and falls
  • Rig collapses
  • Dangerous weather conditions

In any case, it is critical that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to understand your rights.

Understanding Your Rights: Tension-Leg Platform Injuries

A tension-leg platform is a buoyant facility that is vertically moored to the seabed. Since tension-leg platforms float, injured workers’ claims are generally governed by the Jones Act. Under the Jones Act, injured platform workers are entitled to no-fault “maintenance and cure” benefits to cover their medical bills and living expenses. In addition, they can seek full compensation for their pain and suffering and other losses from their employer and any other parties that were negligent in causing or contributing to their injuries.

Understanding Your Rights: Fixed Platform Injuries

Offshore workers who are injured on fixed platforms will generally have claims under either the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (the “Longshore Act”) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).  These laws are similar to the Jones Act, though they differ in a number of important ways as well.

Regardless of whether you were injured on a tension-leg platform or a fixed platform, the most important thing to know is this: You are likely entitled to compensation, and an experienced maritime injury attorney will be able to help you stand up for your legal rights.

Speak With an Experienced Houston Maritime Attorney About Your Platform Injury Today

The attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP provide vigorous legal representation for injured platform workers and their families. If you have a claim, we will fight tirelessly to secure maximum compensation for your losses. For a free, confidential consultation, call (800) 489-2216 or tell us what happened online today.

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