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.