Injured in a platform accident? A hard-working San Antonio attorney is here for you
In Texas, oil production workers are tough, hard workers who oftentimes work long days in all types of different weather conditions. But serious accidents can happen fast and lead to a lifetimes of physical, emotional and financial complications. If you or a loved one was injured in an offshore oil platform accident, contact a knowledgeable and experienced law firm that has devoted years to serving injury victims and understanding the complexities of the law.
A production platform is permanently attached to the sea floor. An accident on a platform can lead to complex legal issues. A platform is not considered a vessel. Workers injured on production platforms generally will not be protected by the Jones Act.* However, injured production platform workers may be entitled to compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and under state law on platforms in state waters.
* The Jones Act is intended to address the specific scenarios that put vessel crew members and other seamen at risk of injury. The law has changed and evolved over time so that professions not previously under its jurisdiction now may benefit from its provisions. Depending on the circumstances, rig workers and general tradesmen injured in an offshore or maritime accident may qualify. We urge you to contact us with any questions about your case.
We know that employers may try to get around regulations for safety and worker protection on a seagoing vessel, a production platform or on submersibles, jack-ups, inland barges, or drill ships. They may use any of the following excuses to deny your claim:
- A drilling accident is the fault of the operator.
- The injured parties in a barge accident were not under their control.
- They are not responsible for an accident that occurs when a boat is still moored at a wharf or pier.
How to pursue a production platform injury claim
In most cases, production platform workers cannot sue their employers, but they can pursue a claim through the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.*
* The LHWCA is similar to state-law workers' compensation and provides injured maritime employees with workers' compensation remedies against their employers for work-related injuries. The LHWCA usually applies to workers hurt on drilling platforms.
If a third-party (someone other than your employer) was negligent or contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to pursue additional damages.
For a free consultation, call 1-800-455-1054. Let a tough-minded Texas accident lawyer work for you! Contact The Herrera Law Firm. We're on your side.