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.

Do Not be Another Victim of a Jet Ski Accident

Jet skis, which are very popular personal watercrafts (PWC) were introduced during the late 1960s. Personal watercraft vessels, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, are less than 13 feet long and designed to be operated by one or more person sitting, standing or kneeling on the craft instead of being inside the confines of a hull.

Affordable, easy to use, and with low maintenance costs, the production of jet skis in the United States immediately increased due to the significant rise in the number of water-based enthusiasts, especially those who “fell in love” with their use. This increased use, however, also resulted to a rise in the number of hazards and, besides accidents involving under-trained, underage and undereducated jet skiers, the U.S. Coast Guard also cites inattention, excessive speed, alcohol consumption, reckless operation and violations of the “Rules of the Road” (contributory factors in boating accidents) to be the same factors that contribute to jet ski accidents. Currently, accidents involving jet skis, yachts, kayaks, sailboats, canoes and other recreational boats, are the second largest transportation-related causes of injury in the U.S. (the first is still automobile accidents).

Currently, the more famous jet skis owned by an estimated 1.3 million Americans and used by more than 85 million others are Kawasaki’s Jet Ski and Yamaha Motor Company’s WaveRunner. Kawasaki’s “stand-up” jet ski that is designed for a single operator was introduced in 1973: it had a tray where the operator could kneel or stand). The same manufacturer’s “sit-down” model, which allowed the operator to sit, was introduced in the late 1980s; this model had a seat that was similar to a motorcycle or snowmobile seat.

While each state has its own rules for operating a jet ski, the basic rules only include proving that one is at least 16 years old, attending (even inattentively or yawning through) a very short boilerplate safety lesson, and paying a rent fee of $95 per hour. For jet ski owners, however, enforcing the regulations constitutes a very slim chance.

Because it is smaller in size than a real boat, many mistakenly consider a jet ski more of a dinghy. The fact, however, is that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) considers a jet ski a vessel and, thus, subjects it to very same rules and regulations as a 40-foot power cruiser. Researchers from the University of Florida even found out that accidents involving this vessel registers more serious injuries than other boating mishaps. These injuries include serious trauma to the chest and abdominal areas, closed head injuries, and death.

As clearly stated by personal injury lawyers of the Clawson Staubes Injury Group, jet skis present an excellent opportunity for fun on the water, but serious injury can result when they are operated by someone who fails to exercise good judgment or follow the law and, alarmingly, many do fail to exercise good judgment and follow the law. In the event of a jet ski accident, it would be really wise to have a seasoned boating accident lawyer by your side.