Offshore Accidents and Jones Act Injury Cases
The State of Louisiana has for many years relied on off shore employment. This segment of the State’s economy not only provides good paying jobs for our citizens, these opportunities also carry many challenges. Working in the oil and gas industry is an exciting and rewarding career, but it is also a dangerous one. Employees are often in dangerous situations. The British Petroleum explosion in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrated these dangers with tragic consequences. We know that employees who live and work on oil platforms face danger every moment of every day. Whether on a rig or on vessel, employees and their families can experience life altering changes in a matter of seconds, as life offshore can be fluid and unpredictable.
In 1920, the Congress of the United States enacted the Merchant Marine Act, also referred to as Death in the High Seas Act. Today the law is known as the Jones Act. This important Act seeks to protect the rights of injured seamen and platform workers as well as their right to bring legal action against the employer for damages resulting from his or her injuries on the vessel or rig. None the less, while providing valuable protection to injured parties, the Jones Act is a complicated law that requires experience lawyers. Regan, Littlefield, Thomas & Sandhu can provide an injured rig worker with in-depth knowledge and experience required to execute in-depth analysis of the circumstances facing the injured party as well as their families.
Help with Offshore Accidents and Jones Act
Therefore, when you seek experience on matters regulated by or relative to the Jones Act, you should seek our Team. We are a group of lawyers that have what it takes to take on the oil companies on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been involved in an offshore accident or the Jones Act, we urge you to contact Regan, Littlefield, Thomas & Sandhu. Whenever you seek a law firm large enough to offer you substantial representation – and a law firm small enough to deeply care about the circumstances you and your family face, then Regan, Littlefield, Thomas & Sandhu is for you. We are here to help you determine if you are eligible for compensation. Our Team can advise you on whether or not you qualify for a Jones Act case. A key element to qualifying for a Jones Act case is that the injured person must be classified as a seaman.
Seriousness of Offshore Accidents
An individual working offshore on an oil rig faces extremely harsh and difficult conditions. Because of the harshness of the environment accidents can be extremely serious. Weather conditions can be difficult and an oil worker is subject to an extreme environment and injuries can be life threatening. If you are hurt while on the job get medical help. Accidents can cause severe injuries or even death resulting in hospitalization, multiple doctors’ visits and therapy which may trigger significant medical costs. Call our Team. We are here to help, we can protect your rights with regards to medical expenses as well as with all other matters.
Types of Offshore Accidents
Injuries often associated with offshore accidents include:
- Broken Bones
- Back / Neck Injuries
- Chemical Exposure and many others
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