Brazil Offshore Injuries
Major finds of oil in deepwater off the coast of Brazil have reshaped the world map of petroleum resources and drawn the interest of international oil companies. Some American rig workers have taken offshore jobs in the Campos, and Santos basins off the coast of Brazil because of the uncertainty about new rules for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. If you are seriously injured while working offshore for a U.S. company in Brazil, you need a Jones Act and maritime accident lawyer knowledgeable about handling personal injury accident claims in foreign waters. Arnold & Itkin LLP has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We are aggressive injury attorneys who have experience dealing with offshore accidents, including foreign waters injuries and claims. We are proud to represent American offshore workers injured in the foreign waters of Brazil and are skilled at getting these cases heard by U.S. courts, where your legal rights are strongest.
Information About Brazil’s Offshore Oil Production
Brazil has the second largest amount of proven oil reserves in South America and is South America’s second largest oil producer after Venezuela. The vast majority of oil is found in the Espirito Santo, Campos and Santos basins of the Atlantic Ocean — about 50 miles offshore of Rio de Janeiro. The country’s oil production has increased steadily and is projected to reach 2.81 million barrels per day in 2010. A number of international oil companies have obtained concessions to explore for oil offshore of Brazil. Shell was the first non-Brazilian oil production company to operate there. Shell’s Bjupira-Salema project in the Campos Basin produces about 50,000 billion barrels per day. Shell’s BC-10 project, begun in 2009, is designed to produce 100,000 billion barrels per day. Chevron started operation at its Frade project in 2009 with a design capacity of 100,000 billion barrels per day. In recent years, BP has purchased offshore blocks from Devon Energy Corp., which had concessions in Brazil.
With increased oil production, there are more production-related offshore accidents. Brazil’s oil regulators halted operations on one offshore platform in July 2010, citing safety concerns after a vapor leak and a fire. Fires and explosions are a serious hazard on all offshore platforms. Eleven workers died in 2001 when a platform exploded and sank in the Atlantic off Rio de Janeiro. One worker was killed and two others seriously injured on another rig offshore Brazil in 2009 when a shutoff valve failed, causing oil and water to gush out at high pressure. Workers can suffer a serious injury on an oil platform no matter whether they have a job in drilling or as a roustabout, floorman, rig welder, rig mechanic, or even those who have an FPSO or rig catering job. Regardless of the job title and job description, working on an offshore rig is dangerous, and serious injury accidents are all too common. Many serious, and even fatal, accidents are caused by an employer’s lack of focus on safety, failure to train workers adequately, and lack of routine maintenance of equipment on an offshore platform. Any of these factors can support a claim of negligence or wrongful death if a rig worker is injured or dies as a result of an offshore accident.
Why hire a Jones Act lawyer from our firm?
A serious injury offshore is more complex because of its location and the jurisdiction of maritime law. A serious offshore injury in Brazil or other foreign waters adds additional legal complexity to a Jones Act or maritime law claim. Because of the complexity of these cases, an injured offshore worker should consult an attorney who is knowledgeable about handling injury claims in foreign waters. If you are an American platform worker who is recovering from a serious injury while working for a U.S.-based company in Brazil, contact attorneys who are truly prepared to handle the complexity of a foreign waters injury accident claim.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, based in Houston, Texas, we are experienced trial lawyers and skilled negotiators ready to help injured overseas rig workers. We have stood up to some of the world’s largest oil companies on behalf of injured rig workers and achieved success for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (888) 493-1629 or by using our online contact form. We will discuss your case free of charge and will develop a strategy for success to help you move on with your life after a devastating offshore accident.