Oil rig workers face many dangers while working shifts that can exceed 12 hours or more. High seas conditions are often very dangerous work environments. Workers must endure dangerously extreme weather, all while working under extreme pressure. Many times, workers will travel from rig to rig across dangerously rough waters, working at multiple stations a day.
The Jones Act is designed to protect the legal rights of oil rig workers as well as the rights of those who work on jack-up rigs, barges, drill ships, crew boats, and other moveable vessels. Under maritime law, oil rigs are considered vessels and that means protection for people injured while working on an oil rig.
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The Houston oil and gas lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm handle cases nationwide, helping victims and their families to recover compensation from severe injuries after an oilfield accident.
We help victims of oil rig and gas explosions recover compensation for damages such as:
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A Forbes magazine report listed working on an oil rig as one of the top ten worst jobs in 2010. The report evaluated several different jobs by set criteria which consisted of work environment, physical demands, extreme stress, median income, and hiring prospects. Oil rig work ranked so low becasue of the high amounts of stress, the extreme physical demand, and numerous onsite hazards. Many of these hazards associated with the job could result in severe injury or death. Injury on the job can lead to major financial strain such as:
If you have been injured while working at sea on an oil rig, oil drilling ship, semi-submersible, crew boat, or oil supply ship, you may have a claim for money damages under Federal Maritime law. The Jones Act and general maritime law create rights for damages against your employer which includes coverage for all medical expenses.
When you are injured because of the negligence of an employer, you may be entitled for compensation for lost past and future wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, future medical expenses, and costs of retraining. Because of the extreme physical requirements placed on offshore workers, injuries that result in a worker unable to complete any of their duties may make them unfit for work. There are few if any light duty jobs for workers on an oil rig, oil supply ship or crew boat.
In most instances, jackup rigs, floating oil rigs, and lay barges that move from location to location are vessels in navigation and create rights under the Jones Act for workers injured while working aboard these structures. In most cases, the Jones Act provides more liberal damages than damages available to workers on fixed production platforms who are limited by compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
To learn if you do indeed have a personal injury case the first step is to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer . In general, you and your personal injury attorney will have to prove three things in order to recover in a personal injury case: that you suffered damages, that the defendant was negligent, and that the defendant’s negligence caused your damages. Even if you have a valid claim, though, your personal injury attorney will have to investigate whether or not you would be able to collect on your claim. If the other party does not have insurance or other assets, then it may be that you have a valid claim but will not be able to collect on it.
First, look for a law firm that has experience working with and winning the kind of case you will be pursuing. Whether you are the victim of an SUV rollover, post-collision fire or product defect you deserve an attorney who knows how to win for you. Some personal injury lawyers have never seen the inside of a courtroom. The insurance companies know this and don’t want fair settlements. At The Ammons Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have a record of winning. Rob Ammons is board certified in personal injury law in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is individually rated “AV” by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the directory’s highest rating. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, call The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.
The monetary value of your personal injury claim depends on any number of issues. For instance, a case’s value is influenced by the nature and extent of your personal injuries; the amount of your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other financial losses; pain and suffering; and present and future disability. However, even taking those conditions into consideration there are significant differences in the amount of money a plaintiff can expect to actually collect. This is based on the amount of coverage offered by an insurance company, or the assets of the defendant. Other factors influencing collection including any partial fault on the part of the injured person, the amount of time the victim(s) choose(s) to spend with litigation versus a quick settlement. There is no way for any personal injury attorney to accurately predict the value of any personal injury case. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer should be able to consider the particular factors that weigh into your case and give you an overall picture of what to expect in general terms.
The primary goal of most insurance companies is to protect their bottom line- not your particular interests. The lifeblood of any insurance company is to take in as many premiums as they can while paying out as few claims as they can. Many insurance company employees are trained to minimize or deny your claim as quickly as possible. Representatives from insurance companies use a variety of tools to do this sometimes even pretending to be on your side and want to help you get your claim resolved quickly. A good personal injury lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies as your representative and either work with-or against-them depending on what your claim needs.