Hurt in an Oil Field Accident?
The oil industry is a unique and potentially dangerous place to work. While tremendous prosperity is one of the benefits, there is also the devastating harm that can come with an oil field accident. An oil well blow-out can lead to serious burn injuries. A fall from an oil derrick can cause catastrophic injuries to a worker. Contact with energized equipment can result in horrific injury or death by electrocution. It is a dangerous work environment, and safety is a number one concern. Falls can occur due to slippery surfaces; pipes and equipment can fall or be dropped; limbs can get caught in machinery; cables, pipes or hoists can swing loose and injure workers; equipment can fail because it has not been properly maintained.
Have You Been Involved in an Offshore Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered an offshore accident, there is help out there for you. You have rights and protection under the law for such an occurrence. While an offshore accident injury in many cases can be extremely severe, the financial hardship it can create may be devastating as well. Contact a Texas work injury attorney from our firm today to find out what your legal rights are.
In 1920 the federal government passed the Jones Act, a maritime law which provides recourse for workers injured on a ship or vessel and subsequently came to include Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU). The Jones Act allows for seamen, maritime workers and sailors to directly sue their employer for their losses. The law provides for the injured workers to receive maintenance and cure in the event that the vessel owner was found negligent by allowing its lack of seaworthiness. For a vessel to be deemed not seaworthy the vessel or its owner could possess the following:
- An untrained crew
- Poor maintenance
- Faulty equipment
- Disregard for safety
While under normal circumstances these infractions may seem minor, with regard to the seaworthiness of a vessel, they can prove quite hazardous. In many cases, serious accidents and catastrophic injuries may be the result. Our caring and knowledgeable attorneys can help you understand your rights and how to proceed with a Jones Act claim.
Oil Field & Offshore Accident Lawyer Serving Longview, Houston & All of East Texas
The oil field and offshore accident lawyers at the Sloan Firm will fight vigorously for you. Our attorneys are part of a team, including investigators, paralegals and support staff that are compassionate, skilled and ready to assist you. We don’t just look at the injuries; we look at the people behind the injuries.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an oil field accident, contact an East Texas work injury attorney at the Sloan Firm. We know precisely what you are facing at this most difficult time, and we want to help you by pursuing a positive outcome for you and your family.