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Seadrill Rig Accidents

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Seadrill Offshore Injury Attorneys

Top-Rated Drillship, Semi-Submersible & Jack-Up Rig Accident Lawyers

Seadrill is a deep-water drilling contractor for the petroleum and gas industry. Based out of Houston, Texas, the company operates semi-submersible platforms, drillships, and jack-up rigs. As of 2021, Seadrill has an estimated fair equity value of $2.1 billion, not including the impact from a restructuring of the organization that has been going on since 2020. The plan has yet to be approved by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy court in the U.S.

If you work on a Seadrill rig, you have the right to expect that proper training and safety procedures are being implemented and followed, that equipment is being maintained, and that you will receive treatment and support if you’re injured. Unfortunately, some oil and gas companies cut corners and put worker safety on the back burner while they try to boost profits and productivity. This increases the risk of serious accidents and catastrophes.

At Arnold & Itkin, we won’t let offshore safety violations stand. Call our Seadrill accident lawyers today to find out how we can help if you’ve been injured: (888) 493-1629.

Seadrill Accidents & Injuries

Dropped Riser Joint (2020)

In October of 2020, a riser joint weighing 26.5 tons came free on a rig during exploration in the Barents Sea and dropped to the drill floor. The drop occurred because the hydraulic riser running tool did not have sufficient grip on the joint. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The falling riser joint, however, damaged other pieces of equipment on the rig, and the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) issued Seadrill a safety order addressing the incident.

Seadrill West Sirius Semi-Submersible Injury Report (2013)

On March 31, 2013, a lead roughneck on the Seadrill West Sirius semi-submersible rig was seriously injured. He was performing routine maintenance when his right index finger became trapped between two pieces of equipment. On his way to receive medical treatment, the crew member lost consciousness. He was treated on the rig and was then transported to a hospital in Galveston, Texas for additional treatment. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement lists human error as the cause of the accident.

West Atlas Rig Fire & Oil Spill (2009)

On August 21, 2009, the West Atlas, a jack-up rig owned by Seadrill and operated by PTTEP Australasia was the site of a blowout that led to one of the worst oil disasters in Australian history. 69 workers were evacuated from the rig when the blowout occurred. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the resulting spill lasted for 75 days. A fire also broke out on the West Atlas on November 1, just 2 days before the well was finally capped.

Millions of gallons of oil were released into the Timor Sea.

Representing Seadrill Offshore Workers & Their Families

By its nature, offshore work is challenging. Long hours, rough seas and weather, heavy machinery, and complex equipment can present dangers for every person on a rig. These dangers increase exponentially when oil and gas companies do not make safety a priority. They may delay turnarounds, ignore aging equipment, or allow lax safety procedures in an attempt to maintain productivity and boost profits. This can lead to serious offshore accidents that leave crew members with catastrophic injuries and families without loved ones.

Arnold & Itkin helps people who have been injured in or by:

As leading maritime law and offshore injury lawyers, we know what we’re up against when facing off against a multi-billion dollar corporation like Seadrill. They have teams of attorneys, but we have our own resources and the willingness to do whatever it takes to help our clients find justice.

To learn more, contact our Seadrill offshore injury attorneys at (888) 493-1629 for your free consultation. We won’t be outworked. No matter what.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin tried a case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about a drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained for an individual ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas History Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $193 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
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