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Crush Injuries & Dismemberment

The Devastating Consequences of an Oil Rig Explosion

Ever since the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in April of 2010, there has been a lot of attention on the devastating effects of drilling accidents. Not only did this particular incident lead to more than 4.9 million barrels of oil being spilled into the ocean off of the Louisiana coast, but it also took the lives of 11 workers who had been caught in the path of the explosion. Aside from the immediate damage that this event caused, countless others in the area were impacted by the aftermath, as well.

What makes these types of accidents so dangerous is that anyone who happens to be in the vicinity at the time that an explosion and/or a fire breaks out is susceptible to multiple forms of injury. Not only may a worker be exposed to a slew of toxic chemicals, but they may also be at risk of suffering serious crush injuries or even dismemberment. If you, yourself have been caught in the middle of such an incident, it is important for you to understand what rights you possess. By contacting an experienced oil rig explosion lawyer from our firm today, you can get started on pursuing the level of compensation that you deserve.

Crush Injuries Caused by an Oil Rig Accident

Of all of the injuries that can be sustained in an oil rig accident, crush injuries have proven to be some of the most life-altering. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, "a crush injury occurs when a body part is subjected to a high degree of force or pressure." Most commonly, this happens when a person is struck by a falling object or when they are wedged between two very heavy objects. When working on an oil rig, there are a variety of different ways in which an injury of this nature could be sustained. For example, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, 240 ft. of seawater, mud and methane gas erupted from the ocean and subsequently caused the ship to burst out into flames. Workers aboard the ship were forced to take cover from the various parts of the rig that had broken free.

Not only could they have been crushed by the impact of a falling object, but they were at risk of dismemberment, as well. Dismemberment occurs when a person's limb is torn off or cut from their body—whether by the downward force of a much heavier object or by being pulled in two opposing directions. This is just one of the many reasons why it is important for workers to be kept safe while working under such hazardous conditions. If you have been seriously injured while working on an oil rig, you should not hesitate to enlist the professional help that you will need to successfully recover compensation. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have been able to recover billions of dollars for injury victims and their families, so we urge you to find out how we can help you by calling our firm today.

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