Drill Ship Accident Lawyers in Houston, Texas

Drilling to a depth of up to 40,000 feet in as many as 12,000 feet of water or even deeper, drill ships changed the offshore oil and gas exploration industry when they were first engineered in the 1940s. Unlike many jack-ups and semisubmersibles, drill ships are self-propelled, allowing them to move from one well to the next in deep water hundreds or thousands of miles offshore.

However, for drillers and other workers onboard, this mobility presents numerous mortal risks. For example, mooring accidents are common; and, according to Rigzone:

“While capable of drilling in deep and ultra-deep waters, a disadvantage to using a drillship is its susceptibility to being agitated by waves, wind and currents. This is especially troublesome when the vessel is actually drilling, because the drillship is connected to equipment thousands of feet under the sea.”

Experienced Attorneys for Drill Ship Accidents

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we are committed to helping injured drill ship workers and their families fight for just compensation after offshore accidents. We have years of experience successfully representing offshore accident victims, and our attorneys use this experience to provide straightforward case assessments, perform thorough investigations and fight aggressively to win the compensation our clients deserve. If you or a loved one was injured on a drill ship, there are several companies that could all be responsible for your losses. Contact us to learn more about your rights today.

Who Is Responsible for Drill Ship Accident Injuries?

After a drill ship accident, identifying the company (or companies) responsible is the first step toward securing just compensation. Depending upon who is to blame, as the victim of a drill ship accident, the Jones Act, the law of unseaworthiness and other maritime laws may all provide you with opportunities to secure a financial recovery. Drillers, captains, crew members, other offshore workers and their loved ones will often be entitled to seek compensation from:

  • The Offshore Worker’s Employer – As seamen, workers injured onboard drill ships can seek compensation from their employers under the Jones Act.
  • The Owner of the Drill Ship – If an unseaworthy condition caused the accident, the drill ship’s owner may be liable as well.
  • Contractors and Subcontractors – Many times, multiple companies will have employees onboard a drill ship. If another company’s employee caused you or your loved one’s injury, that company may be financially responsible.
  • Helicopter, Crew Boat and Supply Boat Operators – Collisions and other drill ship accidents involving transportation of workers and supplies can give rise to additional claims for compensation.
  • Tool, Equipment and Machinery Manufacturers – When a defective tool, component or piece of equipment or machinery causes an injury, the manufacturer and any other companies involved in the “chain of distribution” can be held strictly liable.

Have You Been Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Drill Ship Accident? Contact Morrow & Sheppard LLP Today

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a drill ship, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we offer free initial consultations, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we win your case. To speak with one of our experienced maritime injury attorneys in confidence, call our Houston, Texas law offices at (800) 489-2216 or request an appointment online today.

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