Jack-Up Rig Accident Attorneys
Jack-up rigs are dangerous pieces of machinery. It is a huge mobile platform that rests on the sea floor, functioning as a kind of barge that can be raised or lowered by gears driven by hydraulic or electric motors. They are used for offshore oil and natural gas drilling. Such a huge and complicated piece of machinery carries with it certain risks for the workers who are handling it.
The Dangers of Jack-Up Rigs
Jack-up rigs can capsize if they are not properly secured, and the mechanical equipment can malfunction if it is not carefully maintained. With all the electrical lines that it takes to operate the rig, fires and explosions are possible risks. Another common injury that jack-up rig workers can sustain are head traumas. From concussions caused by a blast or from tools that fall from a higher platform, head traumas are a regular occurrence. Additionally the machinery is large, so there is always risk that pieces of the machine can strike a worker, causing blunt force injuries.
Clearly, jack-up rig workers are in danger from a variety of different sources due to the complexity of operations. Statistics show that jack-up rigs are dangerous work environments. According to the U.S. Minerals Management Service, in less than a 10-year period there have been more than 900 fires and explosions, 60 deaths, and 1,548 serious injuries related to offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Studies have also shown that maritime employees are twice as likely to sustain serious injury while on the job when compared to United States construction workers.
What Are Your Rights After These Types of Accidents?
Jack-up rigs are known for moving locations in the same general area. Since jack-up rigs do technically move from one sea area to another, they are considered maritime vessels for the purpose of maritime law. This means that many aspects of the Jones Act and various other maritime laws apply to jack-up rig workers. If a jack-up rig were not considered a maritime vessel, your jack-up rig employer would be difficult to sue.
For example, you can recover maintenance and cure, injury compensation, and much more under a lawsuit filed in the Jones Act category. The fact that jack-up rigs are considered Jones Act vessels means you have compensation rights under American law. If negligence was involved, you will need the help of a seasoned maritime injury attorney to craft a strong Jones Act claim.
How Arnold & Itkin Can Help: Call (888) 493-1629 Today
If you were involved in a jack-up rig accident, you may be liable to compensation. You may not know where to turn after sustaining injuries at your offshore work environment, but that's what we are here for. A personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin will be able to evaluate your claim and determine what your legal rights are. The sooner you contact our legal team, the better chance you have of receiving the help you deserve.
There are many different types of offshore accidents you can be involved in while working on a jack-up rig, but no matter what your injury, it would be in your best interest to seek the help of our legal team to offer you aggressive representation and the legal experience that you need. Call (888) 493-1629 for a free case review!