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Oil Rig Accidents

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:

  • Oil spills
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Drowning accidents
  • Equipment accidents

Liabilities of an Oil Rig Operation

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:

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Common Oil Rig Injuries

The most common oil rig injuries for workers are:

Can I File a Lawsuit?

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.

Should I Get an Oil Rig Accident Attorney?

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.

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Last Modified: 02-11-2015 12:31 PM PST

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