What to know if you’ve suffered an injury on an oil rig

Oil rigs can be dangerous places of work and, unfortunately, some workers will suffer injuries during their shifts. An experienced oil rig accidents attorney can describe, in detail, some of the circumstances that might result in injury: inclement weather, long shifts, heavy machinery, equipment failure, fires and explosions, failure to follow safety protocols, careless or reckless behavior by workers, and poor communication on the rig. If your injury was sustained under any of these or related circumstances, you might be eligible for legal representation and compensation. It is often difficult to determine whether or not to pursue legal action, especially if you fear retaliation from your employer. Accordingly, this article is intended to provide some insight regarding the legal implications of oil rig injuries and help you decide on your recourse.

Immediately following an oil rig injury, you should be sure to seek medical care. Usually, large oil companies have a company doctor that they will encourage workers to visit following a workplace injury. It is important to remember that you always retain the right to seek medical attention from any provider that you choose. You are under no obligation to anyone, including your insurance, to see the company’s recommended doctor. Furthermore, doing so might be unwise, especially if you plan to take legal action against the oil company. Once your injuries are fully addressed, you should take time to research your options and contact a lawyer to determine your eligibility for representation.

If your injury occurred on an ocean oil rig, your situation might be different and require more legal specialization. Due to location of oil reserves, many offshore oil rigs are operated in international waters and, consequently, are not subject to the exact same laws that are relevant to land rigs. Injuries sustained while offshore are usually filed in state or federal court under the Jones Act or Merchant Marine Act of 1920. If you were injured while working on one of these ocean rigs, you are still afforded legal rights and privileges under these laws, but your situation might be different and you should contact a specialized maritime lawyer to determine your eligibility for legal representation.

Oil rigs employ many different parties to be successful. Consequently, there are many potentially liable parties in any oil rig accident. If you have been injured while working on an oil rig, it is possible that the financial responsibility of said injury be placed on the oil company, contractors, machine and equipment manufacturers or other related parties that contributed to the conditions that caused the accident. For this reason, you should contact a competent lawyer to make a case for the financial liability of your accident.

If your loved one was killed in an oil rig accident, you may be eligible for compensation. The Death on the High Seas Act provides a course of legal action for the families of those who are killed while working in international waters. For more information regarding oil rig injuries, please contact a relevant lawyer.