Oil rigs are large platforms that allow companies to drill and mine for oil and natural gas offshore. Extracting these resources is a dangerous job and accidents can often happen in this line of work. An oil rig accident can cause major or minor damages and can result in:
Due to the nature of operating oil rigs, liability is high for a company because the damage can affect people both on and offshore. The United States government takes an active role when it comes to oil spills and requires oil companies to comply with the specific laws and regulations. These laws include the:
Oil companies and personnel may also be criminally charged if an accident resulted in the injury or death. Also, individuals and agencies can file civil lawsuits for damages. Such agencies include the:
The most common oil rig injuries for workers are:
You may file an oil rig accident lawsuit and receive compensation under the Jones Act if you are an oil rig worker. The Jones Act is applied to crewmembers and falls under maritime and admiralty law. To file under the Jones Act, a person must qualify as a "seaman" as defined in the act.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an oil rig accident, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer or an admiralty lawyer immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies.
Last Modified: 02-11-2015 12:31 PM PSTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.