Common Questions: Oil Rig Explosions
There are very few accidents which have the capacity for causing damage as much as oil rig explosions. Unfortunately, these are not nearly as uncommon as one would hope - with dangerous working conditions and hazardous weather conditions often leading to a "perfect storm" of factors. Should an explosion occur, it can leave all crewmembers with life-altering injuries, both physical and psychological. It is therefore extremely important to get the representation that you deserve from an experienced lawyer. At
Arnold & Itkin, LLP, we understand the complexities surrounding these cases and we are dedicated to giving you the support that you deserve. Below, we have included some of the most commonly asked questions. If you would like to learn more or to discuss your potential case with our firm, please contact us today!
What are some of the most common causes of explosions?
In most cases, oil rig explosions can be tied to some level of human error. For example, if the wiring throughout the rig is improperly grounded, it can lead to complications which can lead to fires and explosions. Similarly, defective ventilation systems, improperly storing the fuel or not taking care of all pipelines can all lead to circumstances which can cause serious explosions. Other causes include not properly training crewmembers about how to handle combustible materials during the course of their job.
What types of injuries can be sustained in an explosion?
The types of injuries that oil rig workers can sustain from an explosion are endless. There are some, however, which are more common - for example, burns, scarring and disfigurement. In some cases, the sheer force of the explosion can be enough to cause broken bones and lacerations, as well as crush injuries. Other common injuries include toxic chemical exposure, electrocution, loss of hearing, brain damage and loss of limb.
Could I be able to file a Jones Act claim to protect my rights?
Whether or not you are able to file a Jones Act claim will depend entirely on several different factors - namely, whether or not you were legally considered a Jones Act seaman at the time of the incident. There is generally a three-prong test which is used to determine whether or not someone is covered under the Jones Act statute. First, the seaman must have been employed upon a vessel or fleet of vessels on a navigable waterway. Second, they must have been contributing the vessel's function and/or mission. Third, they must have been connected to the vessel substantially.
What benefits could be recovered under the Jones Act?
What you are able to recover will be dependent on the circumstances of your case. Generally speaking, the Jones Act allows for injured seamen to recover compensation to cover all medical bills, as well as past and future wage loss, as well as pain and suffering. In some cases, you may even be able to seek punitive damages, depending on the circumstances.
How much does it cost to hire Arnold & Itkin, LLP?
One primary concern for someone looking to file a maritime claim is the cost of hiring a lawyer. At our firm, we are proud to represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Put simply, this means that unless we are successful in making a recovery for you, you don't pay! This is possible by essentially entering into a partnership with our firm where we share the risk of the claim and the rewards. If you would like to learn about this and the other available fee arrangements that we offer, contact us as soon as you can.
If you have further questions that you would like answered, please do not hesitate call our firm today!