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Oil Rig Accident Lawyer

offshore oil rig / drilling rigThe location of New York and New Jersey near the Atlantic Ocean brings home the dangers of off-shore work. When an on-shore employee is injured on the job, the process, though not necessarily easy, is relatively straightforward: the employee makes a workers’ compensation claim and in certain situations may bring a lawsuit over the injuries. When it comes to oil rig and drilling accidents, however, workers’ compensation is not available and the process is much more complicated. In these situations, it is essential to work with an experienced oil rig accident attorney who can protect your rights.

Ways to recover for offshore oil rig accidents

Instead of worker’s compensation, people injured in oil rig and drilling rig accidents are eligible for compensation under the Jones Act or the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). These laws, however, apply to different individuals and follow different procedures so it is important to understand the criteria for each in order to file for the correct benefits.

Those who meet the definition of “longshoremen” are covered by LWHCA. These claims are overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor and are similar to workers’ compensation in that the claimant does not need to prove fault in order to recover.

Other maritime workers may be covered by the Jones Act, which operates on a very different system. Jones Act claims entitles an injured seaman to maintenance and cure benefits and also allows a lawsuit when the injuries were caused by negligence. This requires the claimant to establish that his or her injuries were caused by someone else – either the employer or a co-worker – and the first step is gathering proof. Ensuring the claim follows the proper path is something a skilled drilling rig accident lawyer does to ensure the claimant receives full compensation.

Working with a drilling rig accident lawyer

Oil drilling rigs are widely recognized as dangerous job sites. Oil rig workers face unique hazards like oil platform accidents, explosions and fires, oil spills, and rig collapses. This puts rig workers at risk for burns, brain injuries, amputations, permanent eye damage, and even death.

For more than 60 years, the oil rig accident attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have assisted injured maritime workers in recovering compensation for:

  • Lost wages and ability to earn
  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Past, present, and future physical and mental suffering
  • Wrongful death benefits for spouses

It takes a confident, caring, and skilled maritime lawyer to maximize compensation for victims of offshore drilling rig accidents. Some of the hurdles include proving the extent of negligence involved in Jones Act claims, and establishing the severity and impact of the injury in both Jones Act and LHWCA claims. The lawyers at EKJ understand the intricacies of admiralty laws and they grasp the impact that serious injuries have on victims and their families. We put our dedication and experience to work for you so you can receive the compensation you deserve.

How much is my oil rig accident worth?

Like other types of personal injury claims, there are number of factors that determine the monetary value of an injury. In a drilling rig accident, those factors include:

  • The extent and prognosis of the injury
  • Medical bills incurred
  • Days of work missed
  • In Jones Act claims, the extent of employer of co-worker negligence

Many claims involved relatively minor but still impactful injuries like low back injuries. These may entitle the worker to compensation for medical treatment and lost wages. At the other end of the spectrum, serious oil rig explosions resulting in worker deaths have led to multi-billion dollar trusts to be apportioned among the families of the victims. The attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye carefully evaluate each case regardless of where it falls on the spectrum to ensure clients’ rights are protected.

Speak with a NY and NJ oil rig accident attorney

Oil rig accidents raise complicated procedural, legal, and factual issues. If you have suffered an offshore injury, team up with the New York maritime lawyers of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. We offer personalized attention, committed advocacy, a network of helpful experts, and invaluable industry knowledge to help you succeed on your claim. Call us at 1-800-469-7429 today to schedule a free, no-obligation confidential consultation.

Additional resources for offshore drilling rig accidents:

  1. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Offshore Incident Statistics, https://www.bsee.gov/stats-facts/offshore-incident-statistics/incident-stats-and-summaries
  2. Federal Bar Association, Navigating Maritime Personal Injury and Death Cases, http://www.fedbar.org/Sections/Admiralty-Law-Section/Admiralitas/Winter-2016/Navigating-Maritime-Personal-Injury-and-Death-Cases.aspx