Jacksonville Oil Rig Worker Injuries
Contact Our Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
It’s incredibly dangerous to extract oil and gas from the Earth – which means that oil rig workers face incredibly high risks while on the job. Facing threats that range from major explosions to daily chemical exposure, oil rig workers suffer injuries and fatalities at a much higher rate than employees in other industries.
At Herbert Chestnut & Associates, our seasoned Jacksonville workers’ compensation lawyer can help those who have been hurt while drilling for oil. Being an oil rig worker carries some clear inherent dangers, and you’re entitled to receive fair compensation if you are temporarily or permanently disabled as the result of an accident. With an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and decades of legal experience, our team is ready to help you negotiate with the insurance company.
Call (770) 661-0091 for a free consultation in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas!
Common Causes of Injury on Oil Rigs
Most workplaces have hidden hazards, but offshore oil drilling rigs carry far more dangers than the average American worksite. According to a 2005 study published in International Maritime Health, there are dozens of possible causes for injury on an oil rig.
Here are some of the most common causes for injury they discovered:
- Worker fatigue due to exhaustion and poor conditions
- Lack of adherence to safety standards on the ship
- Defective rigging equipment and tools
- Toxic chemical leaks and other forms of exposure
- Lack of training provided to new oil rig workers
- Failure to supervise the team
Because of the persistent dangers on oil rigs, there are many legal remedies available to oil rig workers, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). This federal legislation was passed in 1953, extending the existing Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to cover those non-seamen who worked on offshore oil rigs. In addition to OCSLA, there are other federal and Florida state laws requiring your employer to carry valid workers’ compensation insurance.
Powerful Representation for Workers’ Comp Claims
Whether your injuries take place on the dock, on the rig itself, or during transport, your employer must promptly a claim for any injuries, disabilities, or deaths sustained over the course of their operations. Of course, it can sometimes be difficult to get the compensation you need without a seasoned legal advocate.
When you turn to our team here at Herbert Chestnut & Associates, you can rest assured that you’ll get the personalized legal assistance you need for your workers’ compensation claim. Skilled at working with the insurance companies and fighting for your rightful benefits, we will be there for you every step of the way.
Contact our team today at (770) 661-0091 for more information about our Jacksonville legal services.
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