Offshore Accident2021-10-11T18:08:15-05:00

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Coastal states like Louisiana have thriving offshore maritime industries, including workers on oil rigs, natural gas wells and other types of boats and facilities.

In many cases, the conditions at these facilities can be quite harsh, which results in a higher risk of accidents and injuries.

Whether your injury is a result of a lack of proper safety measures, unsafe work practices or poor maintenance of machinery or vessels, you need the assistance of a skilled offshore injury attorney in Lafayette to get the compensation you deserve in your case. Contact us at Mark Artall, APLC today to schedule your free consultation and begin your injury claim.

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Common Types of Offshore Accidents

Here are just a few examples of some of the most common types of accidents at offshore maritime facilities:

  • Falling objects
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Accidents involving heavy equipment (such as workers being hit or crushed)

  • Exposure to toxic materials

  • Exposure to fires or explosions

  • Equipment failure

These types of accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, lacerations, paralysis, burns, spinal cord injuries, scarring and lung damage, among other types of common injuries.

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Most offshore workers who are injured on the job are covered by legislation such as the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which clearly identify the types of compensation a worker can recover in the event of an injury and outline the rights these workers have to file injury claims against certain parties.

Our firm has a significant amount of experience in practicing in this area of law. You can trust that when you work with us, you will have constant access to our team, and that our biggest focus is on making you feel comfortable and fighting to get you the best possible result in your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Offshore Accident Cases

We’ve collected a few of the questions we most commonly receive about offshore accident cases to provide you with some further information. Here are a few examples:

What is admiralty jurisdiction?2020-11-05T09:24:51-06:00

A case is typically considered to be under admiralty jurisdiction if the accident occurs on US navigable waters and involves some form of maritime commerce. It can also be applied to crimes committed against a US citizen or vessel on the high seas. 



What should I do if I get hurt offshore?2020-02-13T13:22:45-06:00

First and foremost, you should get what medical attention you need and follow whatever reporting processes exist within your company for your injury. That may involve reporting your injury to your direct superior, as well as to other people within your company. You should then get in touch with an attorney to discuss the next steps, whether that means filing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim for your offshore injury.

What should I do if I’m told not to report my injuries to my company’s HR department?2020-02-13T13:23:40-06:00

If you receive this instruction from your employer, this is a big red flag and you should seek legal representation immediately. There is a chance your employer will attempt to hinder your ability to receive the compensation you deserve if they do not want you to report it to HR.

Can I go to a doctor of my own choosing after an offshore accident?2020-02-13T13:25:22-06:00

Your employer is obligated to arrange for medical treatment and pay for care after you are injured. However, you can select a doctor of your own choosing. Your attorney can assist you with this.

What happens if workers’ compensation doesn’t pay for my doctor?2020-02-13T13:26:28-06:00

There are some circumstances in which a workers’ compensation insurance company or employer will try to minimize the benefits it pays out, which could result in doctor’s bills going uncovered. Your attorney will be able to advocate for you in such a circumstances—people without representation may be nervous about pushing back in these cases, but experienced attorneys know exactly how to fight for their clients.

Should I file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim?2020-02-13T13:27:13-06:00

This depends on the specific issues at play in your case. You would only file a personal injury claim if you believe the accident that caused your injury was a result of someone else’s negligence. Workers’ compensation is for accidents regardless of fault.

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