Workers in the oil and gas industry who work on rigs and other offshore vessels face hazardous conditions every day. The rate of injury among these workers is significantly higher than for most other industries in America. Even when the weather and seas are calm, oil and gas workers face a higher rate of accidents and injury. When an accident occurs, workers at sea must also wait for appropriate medical help to arrive, increasing the effects of some injuries on a worker’s overall health.
To secure your rights to injury compensation after an accident, contact an Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Attorney at Lapeze & Johns. Their primary office is located in Houston, Texas, but their attorneys have substantial experience with clients throughout the Gulf Coast. Lapeze & Johns attorneys Keith and Christopher know maritime law inside and out and are ready to take on your case so you can get back to living your life.
Consequences for Unfair Working Conditions
As an offshore oil and gas worker, you have the right to fair working conditions on the job. Your employer is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment and keeping equipment in safe operating condition. Vessel owners and operators must follow legal regulations for safety, as well as provide fair working conditions to prevent exhaustion. Employers must also prepare for emergencies and provide employees with the training and protection to deal with unforeseen circumstances. Inspection of these standards only happens when a ship is in dock, leaving the remainder of time at sea up to an employer’s discretion.
If you are injured due to the negligence of your employer in any of the aforementioned standards, you are eligible to file a maritime injury claim. Contact our Offshore Oil and Gas Worker lawyers to start the process.
It is important to note stationary oil rig and well workers are not covered by the Jones Act, which applies to other seamen. Instead, stationary workers are covered by traditional workers’ compensation policies or LHWCA, which is a federal program that covers workers who are injured or fall ill in U.S. waters. Lapeze & Johns can help you determine under which injury law your claim falls and recommend appropriate courses of action.
An injured seaman has the opportunity to receive three kinds of compensation during the course of a maritime injury claim. You may sue your employer, as well as the owner of the oil or gas vessel, for negligence. You are also entitled to “maintenance and cure,” which is available regardless of liability and requires a maritime employer to care for a seaman and his medical expenses and provide room and board. The maintenance aspect of the coverage also secures home costs, such as housing payments, utilities, insurance, taxes, and food.
Injuries that qualify under maritime injury law extend far beyond physical accidents. Food poisoning, chemical and hazardous substance exposure, and mental exhaustion may also be covered. Going through health and safety training can minimize the chance of accidents, but even the best laid plans may go awry at sea.
For the best opportunity at being compensated for your injury as an oil and gas rig worker, contact Lapeze & Johns. Our maritime attorneys in the Gulf Coast provide honest advice to help you make the best decisions about pursuing your claim.
We understand you have a lot to think about after your accident. We know that worry about job security is a factor if you pursue a claim against your employer or a vessel owner. Many maritime workers are afraid they will get blacklisted or blackballed for pursuing compensation in a maritime injury claim. Our first concern is laying to rest your concerns and determining the right course of action for you and your family.