Houston Maritime Lawyers
Every day, thousands of people in the Gulf of Mexico and the waterways around Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama work on maritime vessels including offshore drilling rigs, drill boats, supply boats, crew boats, cargo ships, tankers, barges and dredges. The work is physically demanding and dangerous. As an offshore worker in the Gulf of Mexico or another of our nation’s waterways, your own safety relies on your co-workers’ safe work practices, proper maintenance of the vessel or rig you are stationed on as well as other equipment you have to use in this dangerous environment. Too often offshore workers are injured because they are not provided the necessary equipment with which to do their jobs safely.
Common Causes of Maritime and Offshore Accidents
Serious and fatal injuries occur on maritime vessels and offshore drilling rigs as the result of many different types of unsafe work practices. Some of the most common unsafe work practices on offshore drilling rigs include:
- Unseaworthiness: Is your vessel fit for service and clean?
- Improper equipment: Do you have the equipment you need to safely do your job? Is the equipment regularly maintained in good working order?
- Inadequate training: Are you adequately trained in maritime safety procedures and in equipment operation? What about your co-workers?
- Violation of safety rules: The maritime industry is heavily regulated to ensure safe working conditions. Violation of federal, state or industry safety guidelines can result in personal injury or death.
Many injured offshore workers are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act, a federal law which covers any seaman injured aboard a “vessel” in navigable waters due to negligence or the unseaworthiness of the vessel.
Even if you are not a seaman qualified to make a claim under the Jones Act, you may be able to make a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. This is a federal worker’s compensation program available to many offshore workers which can provide you with income replacement benefits and pay your medical bills.
To successfully handle these complex maritime claims requires an Houston offshore injuries attorney with the skills, experience and resources to help you make a recovery against the person or company responsible for your injuries.
If you have lost a loved one while they were working offshore, you may have a claim against the person or company responsible. If the accident was the result of negligence or unseaworthiness, you may be able to file a claim under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) to recover compensation after the loss of a loved one.
Any offshore rig worker knows that working on an offshore rig can be dangerous. Offshore workers are exposed to unique dangers not faced by land based rig workers. More often than not, when a serious injury occurs an injured offshore rig worker is hours away from medical help. Lawsuits arising from offshore rig injuries pose unique challenges and it will take an attorney with the skills, experience and resources to be able investigate and pursue these claims. If you have been injured on an offshore rig, contact one of the attorneys at The Callahan Law Firm to discuss how we can help you make a claim against the company responsible for your injuries.
At The Callahan Law Firm in Houston, TX, our experienced lawyers are prepared to investigate and pursue legal claims arising from fires, explosions and other accidents. We know that burn injuries involve tremendous pain, extensive and costly medical treatment, and a lengthy recovery, and that your success in obtaining just, sizable compensation under the law could make all the difference for your future.