Texas and Louisiana offshore oil rig accidents lawyers

Oil rig accidents

When disaster strikes offshore, trust Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers for skilled representation. We navigate the complexities of maritime law to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation and let us be your advocate in rough waters. Your path to justice starts here.  While our offices are in Texas and Louisiana, we help clients across the United States get the justice they deserve.


Protecting Workers:

Offshore Oil Rig Accident Lawyer

When offshore oil rig accidents strike, we’re here to fight for your rights and pursue just compensation. At Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers,we are dedicated to safeguarding your well-being and helping you navigate the complex process when you have been injured on an oil rig.

Offshore oil spills may draw media attention, but the human toll of offshore oil rig accidents is equally significant. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial burden these accidents impose on workers and their families. That’s why our team at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers is committed to providing top-notch legal representation. Whether seeking benefits from state and federal governments or filing a legal claim based on negligence, we are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Your well-being matters to us, and we will tirelessly fight to protect your rights and secure a brighter future for you and your loved ones.

Oil Rig Accident

Statistics on offshore oil rig accidents

According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), 2021 saw: These numbers have dropped significantly since 2009, when there were 260 injuries, including 148 fires/explosions, 26 collisions, and 243 lifting accidents. Even so, there are always ways to make the offshore drilling rig environment safer.


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Statistics on oil rig deaths

Oil rig deaths, injury and burn accidents are a sobering aspect of the oil and gas industry. While the sector plays a crucial role in meeting energy demands, it is also known for its inherent risks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatality rate for oil and gas extraction workers is alarmingly high, with a rate of 20.2 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, which is more than seven times the national average for all industries.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reports that there were a total of 19 fatalities and 106 injuries in the offshore oil and gas industry in the United States from 2015 to 2020.

Common causes of accidents include equipment failures, blowouts, fires, and explosions. In addition to fatalities, oil rig accidents often result in severe injuries, making it crucial for the industry to continually improve safety protocols and invest in advanced technology to mitigate risks and protect the lives of those working in this demanding environment.

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With a proven track record, our experienced legal team fights relentlessly for justice. We handle the complexities of  oil rig accidents and take on powerful corporations to secure the compensation you deserve. 

Trust us to be your strongest advocate during this difficult time.

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Frequently Asked


Why are offshore drilling rigs so dangerous?

Offshore drilling has become more dangerous over the years as locations become deeper and further from the coastline as shallow fossil fuel reserves become exhausted. The complex equipment required to drill to such depths is not immune to malfunction and has many potential weak points. Secondly, workers face harsh offshore environments with severe storms making it more difficult to maintain equipment and safety or promptly reach emergency personnel. Thirdly, the inexperience of oil companies at operating at great depths causes management to be unprepared for the hazardous conditions that may arise.

Types of oil rig accidents

Oil rig accidents resulting in death or injury may include:

  • Boat capsizing and sinking incidents
  • Collisions
  • Crane accidents
  • Equipment failure
  • Falling loads or dropped objects
  • Fires, explosions, gas leaks, and blowouts
  • Helicopter crashes
  • Natural disasters
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
Types of oil rig injury

Offshore maritime injuries that may warrant a lawsuit include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns and permanent disfigurement
  • Crushed limbs and amputations
  • Head and face lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lung irritation from inhaled smoke or fumes
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Workers suffer financial losses due to missed time from work, reduced capacity to work, and medical bills. They may become permanently disabled or suffer tremendous emotional pain and suffering as a result of the accident. Families who lose a loved one suffer loss of financial support, guidance, and companionship, in addition to incurring unexpected funeral and burial costs. All of these losses are eligible for compensation when an offshore accident is someone else’s fault.

Causes of oil rig accidents

A European Commission report identified the following human causes of offshore drilling accidents:

  • Unsafe act (44%)
  • Unsafe procedure (37%)
  • Third party error (9%)
  • Improper design (8%)
  • Act of war / sabotage (1%)
  • Other (1%)

Of the equipment failures, they found:

  • Equipment malfunction (34%)
  • Ignition (26%)
  • Weather (25%)
  • Foundation & structural failure (8%)
  • Third party equipment failure (5%)
  • Other (2%)
  • Safety system malfunction (0.18%)
  • Earthquake / volcanic eruption (0.18%)

Whether it’s the lack of proper training, improper operation of equipment, improper pressurization, failure to maintain equipment, violations of safety procedures, insufficient safeguards put in place, poor communication between workers, or shortcomings of working in a fast-paced environment, a worker can be injured or killed through no fault of his or her own.

Getting compensation for offshore oil field injuries

There are many different ways to seek compensation when an injury has occurred. Any contractor who provides services offshore is considered to be a “Longshoreman,” eligible for coverage under the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Individuals who are stationed on a ship or fleet during their time at sea may be able to seek compensation under the Jones Act. Knowing how and when to file is crucial for obtaining benefits.

There are several differences between the two pieces of legislation. The LHWCA provides payments under an administrative system overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor, while the Jones Act allows an amount determined by a judge through the court system. The LHWCA may provide enough money to cover medical bills, lost wages and funeral costs, while filing a lawsuit and Jones Act proceedings generally entitle you to greater amounts for transportation, costly ongoing therapies, pain, suffering, loss of companionship, and punitive fees. Filing a claim under the LHWCA results in a payout regardless of fault. With the Jones Act, you will need to prove another party’s negligence.

Speaking with a compassionate and qualified attorney who specializes in maritime law can help you obtain the maximum compensation allowable by law.

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Call Louisiana oil rig accident lawyer Bart Bernard now and take a step towards justice. With his extensive personal injury and product liability expertise, he has secured millions in compensation for clients. Benefit from his compassion and vast research network as he fights for your rights and helps you recover losses after an offshore accident. Find closure for your loved ones and seek the answers you need. Contact us today.

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