Best Law Firms 2023
Best Law Firms 2022
The Best Lawyers in America
Rated by Super Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Best Law Firms, Ranked by BestLawyers - United States 2024
AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2022
Best Lawyers Anderson Blanda & Saltzman 2022
Best Law Firms 2020
Best Lawyers Anderson Blanda & Saltzman 2024
10 Best Attorney

When Everything Depends on Finding the Right Offshore Injury Attorney

Offshore Injury After years of challenges and stagnation, Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is coming back in a big way. This is great news for our economy, for jobs and for offshore workers ready to get back to work.

However, the “boom times” bring with them some measure of risk. Though the oil and gas industry is subject to OSHA regulations and other safety rules, the risk of injury continues to plague offshore, pipeline and rig construction op erations. And when sudden, violent, catastrophic accidents occur on these job sites, workers are often severely injured, or even killed , in a matter of seconds.

Rig workers put in 12-hour shifts and deal with highly combustible materials on a platform surrounded by heavy equipment. Medical and emergency response aren’t all that close when you’re working miles off the coastline. That makes fires, explosions and equipment failures are even more dangerous than usual.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that around 1,250 employees experience "injury and illness” ever y year due to their work. Transportation accidents cause about half of those offshore drilling deaths; workers whose occupations are classified as "transportation and material moving" are at the greatest risk.

Low Probability, but High Consequence

Like plane crashes, major catastrophic incidents in the offshore drilling industry are few and far between—but they have a huge effect both regarding the potential for harm and in calls for a regulatory overhaul that come after.

One notable example was the 2010 Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. Some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, 11 workers were killed when a blowout and subsequent fire sank the Horizon and created the largest oil spill the U.S. had ever seen.

A federal District Judge found BP (the company leasing the rig) guilty of “gross negligence and willful misconduct.” BP was on the hook for an approximate $7.8 billion in victim compensation, on top of fines and cleanup costs.

Deepwater Horizon was a well-known, headline-making tragedy but more common, non-fatal injuries are perhaps a greater concern to the ordinary offshore worker.

Injuries caused during extraction or construction and maintenance of pipelines can involve long recuperation periods, not to menti on devastating personal and financial consequences.

Laws to Protect You

One energy industry watchdog group reports that human error is behind four of every five major offshore accidents. That’s why safety training and risk assessments are a big part of maintaining offshore oil rigs.

The causes of these injuries might include:

  • Careless and reckless actions by employers and coworkers ;
  • Misuse of equipment;
  • Inadequate worker training;
  • Failure to repair defective equipment.

Many federal maritime laws cover e mployees who work offshore and on rigs, including:

  • The Jones Act: Protects workers who spend the majority of their time at sea ;
  • The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA): Provides compensation to the families and dependents of seaman and maritime workers who die as result of negligence;
  • The Oil Pollution Act (OPA): Provides compensation for injuries sustained by a spill or ot her refinery or rig catastrophe;
  • The Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (LHWCA): Protects maritime workers in non-seaman occupations, including those who work on oil rig s and other offshore facilities;
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act: Extends the protections afforded to employees under the LHWCA to employees exploring, developing and extracting natural resources on the outer continental shelf (OCS).

How does an injured worker or his survivors know which act (if any) applies to his situation? Sometimes , it depends on how far offshore the rig worker was at the time of the incident. At times, it depends on whether or not he was on a U.S-made vessel. At other times, it depends on what his job title, with “seaman” being the title that invokes specific maritime protections.

Know Your Options

If you were the victim of a pipeline, industrial, refinery or construction accident in Louisiana or along the Gulf Coast, you might be eligible for workers' compensation to cover medical costs. However, it will not address your lost wages or pain and suffering. Hiring an offshore injury attorney to pursue your legal options under a personal injury claim is often your best course of action.

If so, you need a personal injury attorney who will aggressively protect your rights. You need an experienced maritime injury attorney who can collect the compensation to which you are legally en titled.

You need a lawyer who will:

  • Investigate the cause of the accident—not just take the “company man’s” word for it ;
  • Negotiate with insurers to ensure fair outcomes;
  • Litigate if your employer refuses to accept responsibility for what happened.

Anderson Blanda & Saltzman can help you determine which laws apply to your case. We also know what steps to take to secure you and your loved one's maximum compensation. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.

Client Reviews
Finding yourself in the middle of a personal injury case is not a pleasant experience. I could not have been more blessed than to have Mr. Boyd Anderson represent me in that difficult time. He treated me and my family with respect and earned my complete trust. Mr. Anderson is an extremely skilled attorney and did an exceptional job with my case. His support staff, Tammy and Donna, are also amazing to work with. They are very thorough and took care of every detail, so that I could concentrate on healing. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Boyd Anderson to family and friends. Angie T.
Boyd Anderson, along with his associates and staff always keep you in the know. He is very personable, offers great advise and he saw my suit to the end personally. It’s very rare that an attorney personally responds back to emails and calls. Not to mention the accolades, experience and expertise is top notch and really impressive. I would definitely recommend this firm to anybody if they are serious about winning. This firm gets the job done and exceeds expectations. Shantele J.
With the plethora of advertisements one sees nowdays, it's difficult to discern just who is best qualified to represent you if you need legal assistance. An overabundance of tv commercials does not necessarily point one in the correct direction. When I needed help, I choose Boyd Anderson and his firm. Best decision I ever made. Superlative service throughout the legal process...and I very much appreciated the prompt attention to details I suspect other firms would have probably overlooked. Anderson's team and experience made a huge difference in my exceptional group of professionals...for sure. Paulette P.