The ocean is often a dangerous place, especially for offshore oil workers. If you’ve got suffered injuries while performing on or traveling to an offshore oil rig or platform, you’ll claim compensation for your medical costs and lost wages. When an accident is caused by the negligence of the drilling or production operator or another party, you’ll be ready to obtain additional compensation.
Zehl & Associates Law Firm in Houston, Texas, has a team of offshore accident lawyer that represents injured offshore oil workers and the families of wrongful death victims. Aggressive in our approach, we have the experience, knowledge and advocacy skills you need. As an injured offshore oil worker, you’ve got just one opportunity to get the compensation you deserve. Get legal help today.
The Jones Act
This law tackles semi-submersible platforms that you’ll see commonly used in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Any worker on these platforms has a chance at qualifying as a Jones Act seaman, due to these platforms’ ability to navigate in the water. In addition, workers do perform services that can be seen as in furtherance of the vessel’s mission.
What’s great about the Jones Act is its ability to grant seamen the right to sue their employers for their injuries. They can get enough compensation to cover the damages, which include medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
In order for your case to be considered under the Jones Act, the injured worker will have to establish that their employer acted negligently, which directly caused the injury.
Get The Jones Act Benefits You Deserve
Cases involving offshore drilling rigs present different legal issues than those on fixed offshore production platforms. At Zehl & Associates Law Firm, we have extensive experience in both types of cases. Our lawyers understand the nuances of the applicable laws and the way to get results for injured offshore oil workers.
If your accident occurred on a jack-up drill rig, for instance, you’ll be ready to claim compensation under the Jones Act. This can provide you with significantly greater compensation than you’d obtain from the workers’ compensation system. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act covers workers injured on fixed oil production platforms. Wherever you were injured, Zehl & Associates Law Firm will seek the compensation you are entitled to.
Our firm represents U.S. citizens and foreign maritime workers injured in offshore accidents. We will be your strong attorney, seeking the simplest possible result for you.
Contact An Offshore Drilling Rig Accident Attorney
For a free consultation about an offshore accident case, contact Zehl & Associates Law Firm.