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Oil Rig Accidents: A Texas and Louisiana Guide for Injured Workers


For nearly 30 years, I’ve seen the devastating toll oil rig accidents take on workers and their families across Texas and Louisiana. These accidents are far too common in our states, which are at the heart of the nation’s oil and gas industry. I’ve felt the heartache of injured workers and the determined spirit of those seeking justice for a loved one they’ve lost. If you’re facing the aftermath of an oil rig accident, know that you’re not alone.

Oil Rig Accidents: The Devastating Statistics

  • In 2019, according to the BSEE, offshore oil rigs resulted in six deaths and 222 injuries. Such figures are the most since 2010 when there were 12 fatalities and 220 injuries in just one year.

Understanding the Laws That Protect Oil Rig Workers

  • The Jones Act: This federal law provides injured seamen with strong rights. It allows you to sue your employer for negligence and provides for maintenance and cure (medical costs and basic living expenses).
  • OSHA Regulations: Oil rig operators must follow strict safety guidelines set by OSHA. When they violate these rules and workers are injured, it gives rise to a solid basis for a claim.
  • General Maritime Law: If you’re a crew member on a vessel involved in a rig accident, this body of law provides additional protections and the right to pursue claims based on the “unseaworthiness” of the vessel.

Common Causes of Oil Rig Accidents

In my experience, the most frequent causes of oil rig accidents include:

  • Blowouts and Explosions: [Share a brief example from your practice]
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: [Explain common scenarios and resulting injuries]
  • Equipment Failures: [Detail the types of equipment that most often lead to accidents]
  • Lack of Proper Safety Gear: [Highlight specific safety gear failures you’ve seen]
  • Fatigue and Overwork: [Discuss the connection to accidents]

What to Do After an Oil Rig Injury

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Get the care you need promptly.
  • Report the Accident: Follow company procedures and notify relevant authorities.
  • Document Everything: Write down details, get witness names, take photos if safe to do so.
  • Don’t Sign Anything: Insurance company representatives may pressure you. DO NOT sign anything without consulting an attorney first.
  • Types of Compensation You May Be Entitled To:
    • Medical expenses (including future care)
    • Lost wages and reduced earning potential
    • Pain and suffering
    • Disfigurement or disability

Why You Need an Experienced Oil Rig Accident Lawyer

  • These Cases are Complex: Navigating multiple laws, insurance companies, and liable parties requires specialized expertise.
  • Insurance Companies Will Fight Hard: They have teams of lawyers; you deserve the same level of representation.
  • Maximizing Your Compensation: A skilled attorney knows how to assess the full extent of your losses and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Don’t let an oil rig accident derail your life. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence in an oilfield accident, the personal injury attorneys at our Lafayette, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, offices can help. We understand the emotional and financial hardships this can cause, and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Attorney Bernard today for a free consultation. We will review your case and answer any questions you may have about Oil Rig Accident lawsuits in Louisiana or Texas.

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