Attorneys For Offshore Oil Rig Accidents

If you are injured in an Oklahoma oil rig accident, seek medical attention immediately. Consider getting a second opinion from an independent physician, especially if the company doctor tells you to return to work despite your injuries. You should also strongly consider seeking the help of an experienced Oklahoma offshore oil rig accident lawyer. The attorneys at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City will help you find a qualified physician who can assess the full impact of your injuries and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Dangerous Work Conditions

United States oil companies operate over 1,800 oil rigs. Many of them are offshore oil rigs designed for drilling in the ocean. Workers on these oil rigs may be assigned to them for six months at a time. Oil rig workers take on rigorous shifts, sometimes working eight to 12 hours a day in dangerous and isolated conditions. The oil rigs themselves may be in disrepair, using outdated equipment, or staffed with workers whose employers have not taken the time necessary to train them fully.

Common Injuries

Injuries on oil rigs are far too common. Oil rig work is difficult and dangerous, and the demand for oil rig production is high. Unfortunately, many offshore oil rig accidents could have been prevented. Whether a worker is injured due to failing equipment, working required overtime without rest, being expected to follow unsafe procedures or another cause, offshore oil rig workers are often able to recover compensation for injuries caused by someone else's careless or negligent behavior.

Workers on U.S. offshore oil rigs may also be protected by the Jones Act, a federal law that covers workers on boats, floating oil rigs and similar vessels. Under the Jones Act, an injured worker can take his or her case to a jury if a negligent employer doesn't offer a fair settlement. The Jones Act requires employers whose negligence injured a worker to provide that worker with compensation for his or her injuries. Compensation can include payments for medical expenses, therapy or rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Workers can also recover the full amount of wages lost when the injury prevents them from being able to do their job.

Get Top Legal Representation Today

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an offshore oil rig accident, please get in touch with the experienced Oklahoma offshore oil rig accident lawyers at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst. After a free and confidential consultation, our experienced legal team will investigate the circumstances of your accident and fight aggressively to help you recover costs for medical bills, physical therapy, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages. Call us at 800-539-0652 today to schedule your free consultation.