Houston Oil Rig Accident Attorneys
Have you or a loved been injured in an offshore drilling rig accident? Houston personal injury attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman aggressively represent injured platform workers in accident cases all along the Gulf Coast.
Offshore oil drilling and exploration is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. It's also one of the biggest industries in Texas. Tens of thousands of platform workers risk their health and lives every day on jack-up rigs and floating rigs of our nation's coast. These hostile work environments contain heavy machinery, toxic elements, combustible materials, perilously high derricks and other hazards for workers.
No lawyer understands these dangers more than Houston personal injury attorney Jed Silverman. After earning a B.A. in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University, Jed worked aboard vessels for several years before going to law school. During this formative experience, he learned first-hand how offshore worker injury and fatality affects the lives and family of his fellow seamen, and the countless hazards faced by American maritime workers on a daily basis.
If you or a loved one have been injured or fatally wounded from an offshore drilling rig accident, and you believe negligence played a role, it is important that you contact a qualified oil rig accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal right to fair compensation.
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Common Oil Platform Accidents, Injuries & Illnesses
Oil platform workers are typically required to wear hard hats and steel-toed boots, but even with these and other safety standards, offshore disasters happen all the time. Common causes for reported oil rig accidents and injuries include:
- Bone fractures or breaks from being struck by objects or equipment
- Chemical or third-degree burns from well blowouts, fires and explosions
- Head or brain injuries from falling pipes, cables, casings and other equipment
- Paralysis (permanent and partial) or spinal cord injury due to falls from derricks, ladders, platforms, slick stairways and other unguarded heights
- Loss of limbs from getting crushed by heavy cargo or machinery
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How Common are Oil Rig Accidents?
Oil rig workers are often expected to work long shifts for several days or weeks in a row. Considering the fatigue of the job and the many hazards around every corner of an oil platform, it's no wonder why so many oil rig accidents and fatalities occur. As the oil drilling industry grows, the injury and death rate increases as well.
In the oil and gas drilling industry alone (which the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics differentiates from oil and gas production), the total number of recorded cases of nonfatal injury and illness ranged between 2,400 in 2003 and 4,700 in 2005. The most recent data gathered by the BLS found 4,200 recorded oil rig accident cases in 2007, which is 4.6 out of every 100 workers - most of whom were men. This is slightly higher than the national average of 4.2 full-time workers across all industries.
One of the most recent oil rig accidents that comes to mind is BP's Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In this case and many others, efforts to reduce cost gave rise to shoddy equipment, inadequate safety precautions and insufficient training - resulting in one the worst offshore disasters in modern history.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with protecting oil rig employees and other U.S. laborers from unsafe working conditions, and they have fined oil and gas companies millions of dollars for neglecting to provide an adequately safe work environment. Unfortunately, the dangers of working on an offshore oil platform continue to be a major concern as oil companies try to cut corners and reduce costs further. When these actions result in serious injury or fatality, negligence has occurred.
How Severe are Drilling Rig Accidents?
The number of days an injured worker is away from work is often used to determine the severity of the accident. In 2007, the BLS found that the median time a worker spent away from work after an oil drilling accident was 30 days - significantly higher than the national median of 7. This fact is not surprising considering that oil rig accidents are commonly catastrophic and deadly when they do occur.
Even seemingly minor accidents can have devastating and lifelong repercussions, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn injury and other damages. No matter how small the accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your rights and ensure that you and your family are properly taken care of.
How an Oil Drilling Accident Attorney Can Help You
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an offshore drilling accident, you may feel as though you are left stranded to pay for medical bills that are piling up. Houston oil drilling accident attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are here for you and your family. We are committed to helping victims of devastating oil platform accidents recover physically and financially from their injuries.
By applying our in-depth knowledge of the Jones Act, the OCS Lands Act, the Longshore Act and other federal regulations, we will secure the best possible outcome in your case and help fight for fair compensation for your injuries, including:
- Hospital bills
- Doctors' visits
- Vocational training
- Funeral costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of companionship
We believe you deserve compensation for harm caused to you because of the carelessness of another person or company, and we pledge to fight aggressively for your rights to secure the best possible outcome. Talk to our Houston personal injury attorneys today to schedule your free consultation. If they don't win your case, you don't pay a penny. That's our No Fee Guarantee.