Oil Rig Injuries
The people who work on oil rigs depend on their physical health, experience, and quick-wits to earn a living, for which they are well paid. But they also face incredible risks to their lives. From storms, rough waters, and high and low temperatures, even the environment around the rig increases the danger of the job. Though the weather adds to challenges of the job, the vast majority of accidents are caused by negligence.
When someone gets hurt on a rig, it doesn’t matter how fast a ship or helicopter can get there; the injured must wait for help and lose more time being transferred for medical care. The length of time it takes to get to a hospital or emergency care center can make a big difference, especially when the injuries are severe, and many are.
In fact, some of the most common injuries suffered by people working on offshore platforms, rigs, and vessels include:
- Burn injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Toxic fume exposure
Oil Rig Fatalities
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 16 fatalities occur each year in offshore oil and gas operations. The leading causes of these fatalities are:
- Transportation (51%)
- Contact with object/equipment (16%)
- Fires and explosions (13%)
- Exposure to harmful substances/environments (13%)
Of those transportation-related fatalities, 75 percent involved helicopters and were caused by bad weather, mechanical failures, and loss of engine power. All of these accidents occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thankfully, offshore workers are protected by federal maritime laws, including the Jones Act. This law holds employers responsible for employee injuries when negligence on seaworthy vessels leads to an accident. When a worker gets hurt, this law allows them to seek compensation for their injuries and –
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Maritime law and the Jones Act are complicated laws with specific restrictions and requirements. If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in an oil rig accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for people in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information about what we can do for you.