Free Consultation: 205.383.1809

205.383.1809

Oil Rig Accidents Lawyers

Maritime Law Attorneys Representing Injured Victims Across the Gulf of Mexico and Beyond


Accidents and injuries among oil platform workers can be big news. Explosions, fires, and deaths garner headlines. But platform workers also suffer less spectacular but equally serious injuries every day on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore locations from falls, supply boat accidents, and malfunctioning equipment. Several laws govern how these injured workers can obtain compensation for their injuries and other losses.

Lawyers Handling Oil Rig Accidents

At the Alabama law firm Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our maritime attorneys help clients who were injured while working on offshore oil and gas rigs. We understand the various state and federal laws and regulations that apply to platforms and rigs and the remedies available to injured maritime workers. We use that knowledge to obtain maximum compensation for injured clients, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering

The benefits available to you depend on the applicable law. Our attorneys will advise you about your options.

What Injured Workers Need To Know About The Jones Act And Offshore Drilling Accidents

Eligibility for protection under the Jones Act depends on several factors, all of which must be taken into account when determining whether the Jones Act applies:

Location: Not all offshore accidents are the same. Governing law depends on where the platform is located. Is it within the territorial waters (12 miles from shore) of the United States? If so, the Jones Act applies. If the rig is further away from shore, then the Jones Act does not apply.

Type of platform: Location is not the only factor in establishing eligibility for oil rig accident compensation. The type of platform also matters. Is the platform, or its components, capable of moving? If so, an accident could be covered by the Jones Act because it would be considered a vessel.

Worker’s role and status

Another factor is the role of the injured person. Does he or she fit the definition of seaman? In general being a seaman means contributing to the purpose and mission of the vessel, usually the case for crewmembers on gas and oil rigs. Our attorneys analyze each situation to ensure that injured rig workers meet the Jones Act definition of sea man.

When The Jones Act Does Not Apply

If an injured worker cannot seek compensation under the Jones Act, there are other options. Oil platform crewmembers may be able to use the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Additionally, Alabama or other state personal injury laws, state workers’ compensation programs and the Death on the High Seas Act may apply.

Contact Our Oil Platform Accident Attorneys

With offices in Homewood, Alabama, lawyers F. Inge Johnstone and Matt Carroll help clients with oil and gas rig injury claims in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Call 205-383-1809 or contact us by email to arrange a free initial consultation with our Birmingham-area attorneys.


  • Can Punitive Damages be Awarded in a Maritime Injury Case?

    There are many risks that commercial fisherman and merchant seaman face that can, unfortunately, get them injured on the job. When these unfortunate situations arise these workers are able to receive different types of compensation, as these circumstances can lead them to lose out on earnings both present and future, incur medical bills and deal […] Read More


  • Bad Faith Claims: Can You Sue Your Insurance Company?

    Most of us purchase insurance for peace of mind. Insurance safeguards us against the devastating economic losses that come from personal injuries, medical bills, property damages, or the possibility of lawsuits that follow injuries and damages. You pay the premiums and in return the insurance company must assist you in getting the coverage available under […] Read More


  • Short Term Health Insurance Policies Increasing – Are They Leaving Folks Unprotected and Underinsured?

    The recent changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have increased the number of insured Americans and have weakened protections for those that do have insurance. What changes are we referring to? The current administration canceled payments that previously went to reducing cost sharing, and expanded short term and association health plans that lack the […] Read More