Despite safeguards and safety protocols designed to protect seamen onboard tanker ships, fires, explosions and other accidents continue to happen at an alarming rate. These accidents frequently result in serious injuries, leaving injured workers and their families to struggle through life facing the consequences of someone else’s mistake. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we are committed to fighting for offshore workers and their families, and if you were injured or lost a loved one in a tanker accident, we can help you win the compensation you deserve.
Tanker ships carrying oil, natural gas, and other fuels and substances present numerous risks for crew members and other seamen onboard. Along with the risks inherent in traveling on any commercial vessel in open water (such as the risk of a slip or fall), tankers present a number of unique dangers as well. When tanks are not properly sealed, when tanker ships are not properly maintained, and when other mistakes leave seamen exposed to dangerous conditions, it is often just a matter of time until something goes tragically wrong.
On top of these concerns, in many cases, oil and shipping companies cut corners. When it is time to ramp up production or when budgets get tight, worker safety tends to fall to the bottom of the list of priorities. On tanker ships, this means that workers who are already facing dangerous conditions at sea must now endure those conditions without appropriate safety precautions.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a tanker accident, it is important for you to know that the law provides special protections for individuals and families in your situation. Many of these protections are found in the Jones Act, a federal law that applies specifically to “seamen” and their families. General maritime law makes tanker ship owners liable for injuries sustained due to unseaworthy conditions, and laws like the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) apply to workers who may not be protected under the Jones Act or maritime law.
All of these laws give injured offshore workers and their families the opportunity to seek full financial compensation for their tanker accident injuries and losses. This includes:
Of course, recovering this compensation isn’t easy, and the companies that are responsible (including your employer) are not going to help you pursue your claim. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we have extensive experience in maritime accident cases, and we will do what it takes to help you recover maximum compensation.
To learn more about your rights after a tanker accident, contact a Houston maritime lawyer at Morrow & Sheppard LLP. For a free, confidential consultation, call (800) 489-2216 or submit your information online today.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.