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Causes of Oil Rig Explosions: Negligence

Understanding Your Rights Under the Jones Act

With more than 4,000 oil rig platforms currently in operation in the Gulf of Mexico—25% of which are manned by workers—this region has grown to become one of the top oil producers in the world. This means that a large number of people along the southern coast rely on the work being provided by the oil industry. Make no mistake, however, this job is not for everyone. Not only is this field extremely dangerous, but it is very physically demanding. Workers are expected to long hours under rigorous conditions while operating heavy machinery and utilizing various types of equipment.

Although a great number of safety regulations have been put into place by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, human error can be attributed to many of the accidents that have plagued the Gulf in the past several years. For this reason, it is important for all offshore workers to be aware of what rights they possess under maritime law and, more importantly, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920—which is also known as the Jones Act. Since offshore workers are subjected to a number of hazards that are uniquely specific to the job that they do out on the water, they must be protected as such.

The Jones Act was enacted decades ago to provide seamen of all kinds with adequate legal protection against the negligent actions of their supervisors and/or fellow crew members. For example, if an oil rig owner asks their employees to work under unsafe conditions and someone is hurt as a result, that worker should be able to recover compensation for their injuries. Under the Jones Act, this can be done. Whether a worker was permanently disfigured in an oil rig explosion or they were harmed by faulty equipment, they have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit. If you believe that your injuries were caused by another's negligent actions, you should not hesitate to consult with a knowledgeable oil rig explosion attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP today.

Did negligence play a role in your injury?

Working on an oil rig platform day-in and day-out can prove to be quite rigorous. Employees are expected to work more than 12 hours at a time under uncertain conditions, so the last thing that they should have to worry about is being injured by the careless actions of a fellow worker or supervisor. This is the very scary reality that many workers are forced to brave on a daily basis, however, as they can only account for their own actions. Fortunately, if you have been involved in a preventable accident while on the job, there are ways in which you can recover just compensation. With the help of a qualified lawyer, you can pursue damages through a civil lawsuit.

In doing so, you may be able to obtain reimbursement for the cost of any medical treatment that you have received, the earnings that you have missed out on in the time of your recovery and possibly even for the cost of the living that was covered when you were working offshore. For this reason, you should not disregard the need to take action in the wake of a serious oil rig injury. Obtaining compensation may be the only way that you can comfortably manage the aftermath of an accident, so the legal team at our firm prompts you to find out how we can assist you. To get started, call our office today or submit a free case evaluation form online.

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