Equipment Failure Accidents

As an offshore worker, you expect the equipment on your rig or vessel to operate safely. You expect your employer and the rig or vessel owner to maintain their equipment appropriately, and to repair or replace any units that present a risk of injury.

Unfortunately, while these expectations are more than reasonable, many oil, gas and other offshore companies fail to make worker safety a top priority. They put their profits first, and they do not do what is necessary to prevent equipment failures from causing serious harm to their workers.

As a result, if you have been injured or a family member has been killed in a vessel accident resulting from an equipment failure, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The Jones Act and other maritime laws make employers and vessel owners financially responsible for many equipment-related accidents, and in some cases equipment manufacturers and other companies can be held liable as well. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we are experienced in seeking maximum compensation for offshore workers’ injuries, and if you or a loved one has been injured due to an equipment failure our attorneys will fight vigorously to win the compensation you deserve.

Common Offshore Vessel Equipment Failures

On vessels at sea, equipment failures can result from a number of different causes. A piece of equipment could fail because it was improperly designed. It could fail because of a defect in the manufacturing process. It could fail due to inadequate maintenance; or, it could fail due to improper use by untrained or inexperienced personnel.

Regardless of the cause, if you or a loved one was injured offshore due to an equipment failure, you have legal rights. Our attorneys can help you recover just compensation for failures involving:

  • Cable and rope systems
  • Cranes and booms
  • Drilling equipment
  • Hydraulic systems and engine room failures
  • Ladders
  • Mooring and rigging equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Transfer baskets
  • Winches
  • Other offshore vessel and rig equipment

Common Injures in Equipment Failure Accidents

Equipment failures at sea often leave unsuspecting workers suffering from serious, life-changing and sometimes life-threatening injuries. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we can help you seek compensation for:

  • Back, neck and spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
  • Broken bones
  • Burns and permanent scarring
  • Electrocution injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Ligament, muscle and tendon damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Traumatic brain injuries

After an equipment-related accident, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. While you may have no choice but to see the ship doctor for immediate treatment, when you get back to land it is extremely important that you see your own physician. You have the right to independent medical advice, and you do not want to rely solely on the advice of a doctor who gets paid by your employer.

Learn More About Your Rights – Contact Morrow & Sheppard LLP Today

If you would like to speak with an attorney about your rights under the Jones Act and the other laws that may apply to your situation, contact the Houston, Texas law offices of Morrow & Sheppard LLP for a free consultation. To speak with an experienced attorney in confidence, call (800) 489-2216 or tell us about the accident online now.

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