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The various causes of an explosion or fire on an oil rig are virtually innumerable. An offshore oil platform is a hazardous place. Workers are required to operate or work in close proximity to heavy machinery and combustible substances. Rough seas and heavy weather can make the environment unpredictable at best. All it takes is a single mistake, defect in a piece of equipment or freak accident to cause a fire or explosion that leads to the injury or death of numerous workers and even the sinking of an entire platform.
Some examples of potential hazards that may cause explosions:
- Improperly grounded electrical equipment or wiring.
- Defective ventilation systems that cause a back-up of hazardous fumes.
- Improperly stored fuel or other combustible substances.
- Poorly maintained pipelines that leak or spray fuel.
- Improper use of welding devices or torches near combustible substances.
- Corrosion of electrical equipment.
What type of injuries can be sustained in an explosion?
The types of injuries that oil rig workers can sustain from an explosion are endless. There are some, however, that are more common; for example, burns, scarring, and disfigurement. In some cases, the sheer force of the explosion can be enough to cause broken bones and lacerations, as well as crush injuries. Other common injuries include toxic chemical exposure, electrocution, loss of hearing, brain damage and loss of limb.
Can I file a Jones Act Claim to protect my rights?
Whether or not you are able to file a Jones Act claim will depend entirely on several different factors, namely, whether or not you were legally considered a Jones Act seaman at the time of the incident. There is generally a three-prong test that is used to determine whether or not someone is covered under the Jones Act statute. First, the seaman must have been employed upon a vessel or fleet of vessels on a navigable waterway. Second, they must have been contributing the vessel's function and/or mission. Third, they must have been connected to the vessel substantially. What you are able to recover will be dependent on the circumstances of your case. Generally speaking, the Jones Act allows for injured seamen to recover compensation to cover all medical bills, as well as past and future wage loss, as well as pain and suffering. In some cases, you may even be able to seek punitive damages, depending on the circumstances.
How many people get injured by oil rig explosions?
According to the most comprehensive data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15% of fatal work injuries are the result of oil rig explosions or platform fires. Roughly 10 to 18 workers die a year on average from these causes. However, in many of these cases explosions will cause multiple fatalities—so the incidence rate is not as high as the fatality rate.
When should I call an oil rig explosion attorney?
Ideally as soon as you get medical attention. Your employers may try to send you to one of their doctors to downplay the extent of your injuries or may limit your medical care in order to get you to waive your right to a lawsuit. In either case, having a lawyer could prevent companies from taking advantage of you with unethical practices.
Do you have experience handling these cases?
Arnold & Itkin is known nationwide for being the law firm that represented more Deepwater Horizon crew members than any other law firm in the nation. We have fought for offshore workers and oilfield employees for the entirety of our firm’s existence, securing billions of dollars for the injured. In short, we know how to successfully investigate and litigate oil explosion cases.
When you call Arnold & Itkin LLP about an accident on an offshore oil rig or platform, you will benefit from our insight and caring legal representation. We have a proven record of success in handling these cases. In fact, we have won billions in settlements and verdicts, and we have earned a reputation for our commitment to client service and maximum compensation for every case. Our team has been involved in some of the most complex offshore injury cases over the years, and we have gained an intimate understanding of this area of the law.
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