Offshore maritime jobs are some of the most dangerous in the world. The nature of the environment where oil rigs, large fishing vessels, natural gas wells and other facilities are found is often harsh. For this reason, maritime workers face the risk of getting serious injuries or even die while on duty due to faulty equipment, negligence by fellow workers, failure by employers to provide safety gear and not so ideal working conditions. When offshore equipment are not properly serviced and proper safety measures put in place, offshore injuries are always imminent.
Common accidents and offshore injuries
Improper equipment upkeep, unsafe working conditions and lack of ideal safety standards can lead to deadly explosions, raging fires, and blowout catastrophes. Not every offshore accident has to be major to cause injuries. Other incidents other than explosions and platform sinking can result is fatalities and serious injuries. They include: overboard fall, exposure to toxic chemicals, fumes and extreme temperatures, being hit by falling objects or cranes as well as trips and slips. Seamen and workers may suffer burns, multiple broken bones, trauma, scarring, nasty lacerations and compression injuries related to spinal cord. These accidents may lead to permanent disability, loss of limbs and damage to the lungs.
Understanding your offshore rights
Maritime workers often get pushed to return to work before full recovery and also to reduce the liability of the company in your claim. It’s therefore wise to know your rights in case you are injured while working offshore. While Injuries can happen even in perfect weather conditions, negligence is still a problem. The matter is even worse since medical facilities are not located anywhere close. In case of any injury, you have the rights to an attorney, independent medical attention, right to not talk as well as right to recover and have your medical bills paid.
You going to need the services of an offshore injury attorney. In your injury claim, the maritime law will guide your proceedings through the Jones Act and the Long shore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. In most cases, you are going to sue for compensation for injuries due to negligence. For this reason, you want an attorney who has sound knowledge and experience to litigate on behalf of you. A typical compensation should cover all your medical bills, loss of income and legal fee. On that count, an attorney should not charge you any upfront fees and should therefore offer no claim – no fee option.