Wrongful Death from Oil Rig Explosions
Oil Rig Accident Attorneys Fighting for Grieving Families
Oil rig workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. In addition to living in small quarters and working 14-day rotations in 12-hour shifts, these workers must be alert at all times to avoid injury or death.
There is always the possibility that the pressure control systems will fail and there will be an uncontrolled release of oil on the drilling rig. Fires can also occur when workers are dealing with volatile materials, or when electrical equipment is not properly maintained. In either case, accidents may result in severe burn injuries.
Between 2001 and 2010, the US government has documented 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on offshore rigs that were placed in the Gulf of Mexico. These tragic deaths and accidents were caused by negligence, equipment failure, blowouts, and a number of other reasons.That’s why BP, Transocean, and other oil companies are subject to strict safety standards and guidelines.
When these safety guidelines are violated by failing to conduct routine maintenance checkups, using outdated machinery, or a number of other negligent practices, it is likely that serious injury or death will occur. When people die due to the negligence of another, their survivors may file a wrongful death claim against those responsible.
Arnold & Itkin has successfully represented numerous families who lost a loved one due to oil rig explosions and other accidents. We helped grieving families receive financial support during the worst times of their lives. Money can never replace our loved ones, but wrongful death claims help families grieve without worrying about financial security.
Call (888) 493-1629 today to speak with us in a free case consultation. We can determine if your wrongful death case has merit and if we can help you.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
Who has the right to file a wrongful death claim? According to the law, a claim can be filed by a representative on behalf of the survivors who suffer damage from the decedent's death. These people may include spouses, children, life partners, financial dependents, and extended family members. These laws vary from state to state, and it is wise to seek the help of a skilled legal professional who can help you determine if you have the right to file a claim.
Wrongful death claims seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages:
- Lost wages from the deceased
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Medical costs prior to death
- Loss of parental guidance
- Long-term financial losses
- Loss of employment benefits
According to the U.S. Minerals and Management Service, nearly 24% of oil-rig accidents that happened between 2011 and 2007 were due to human error. These accidents happened because there was a lack of communication between workers, written procedures went missing, and standardized procedures weren't enforced.
It is the duty and responsibility of rig operators and managers to enforce these rules, and they must be held accountable for when they fail to do so and cause serious injuries.
Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer: Fighting for Justice
Here at Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have extensive experience in wrongful death cases related to oil rig accidents and explosions. We understand the devastation that comes after an unexpected death occurs, and we stand up for the rights of families who have lost a loved one.
Injuries and fatal accidents not only occur while on the rig, but they can also happen in between the oil rig and the shoreline. After an oil rig explosion or another type of incident occurs, there is extensive cleanup and additional work required. Depending on their assignments, oil spill cleanup workers face hazards from falls, heat, drowning, loud noises, fatigue, sharp objects, and other injuries from insects, snakes, and other wild species in the Gulf Coast region. Exposure to oil by-products, crude oil, cleaning products, or other chemicals that are used to clean up the oil spill can also cause injury or illness.
Regardless, you can find the compassionate and reliable advice you need when you call our oil rig injury lawyers. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, so we know how to fight for you.
Call (888) 493-1629 today to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who truly cares about you and your future.