Injured in an oil rig accident off the shore of Texas?
The Gulf of Mexico plays host to a number of oil rigs as part of the vast offshore drilling industry, which is an industry that is extremely dangerous for its employees. At Brasher Law Firm, PLLC, we have seen numerous cases involving injuries sustained while working on an oil rig, and understand the gravity of the circumstances you face. If you’ve been injured as an employee of an offshore drilling vessel, your pain and suffering may have been supplemented by medical costs and a loss of wages. Our team of Beaumont personal injury attorneys is dedicated to fighting for the compensation that you deserve so that you are not burdened by financial instability.
Common dangers of working on an oil rig include:
- Falls from heights
- Falling objects and equipment
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Chemical exposure
- Slips and falls on deck
Workplace Safety Rules
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) governs the offshore drilling industry, specifically pertaining to the safety of operations, in order to mitigate the occurrence of incidents that can lead to harm to both the environment and oil rig employees. They have implemented a Workplace Safety Rule, officially titled the Safety and Environmental Management Systems Rule (SEMS), which decrees certain procedural regulations for oil rig owners and operators to adhere to.
Operational regulation requirements under the SEMS include:
- General provisions for the planning, implementation, and supervision of operations
- The provision of data concerning safety information, including diagrams detailing processes and mechanical apparatuses
- An examination of hazards at facility-level
- Job-safety assessment
- Evaluation and written protocol of operational procedures
- A system of administration for carrying out any changes to facility or operations
- Employee guidelines for standard and safe workplace behavior
- The periodical review and consistent upkeep of mechanical systems
- Training procedures for technical, operational, and equipment safety
- Plans for emergency response
- Stop work authority in the event of impending risk or danger
- Clear definition of tasks and duties, including the establishment of authority
- The implementation of regular audits
- Measures for the investigation and follow up of accidents
The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that employers are creating a safe work environment that is regulated, supervised, and consistently maintained by all staff, crew, and management. If these regulations were neglected or violated in any way, leading to an accident that causes you injury, you have the right to seek compensation for any damages.
Seek the Compensation You Deserve
If you’ve been injured in an offshore drilling accident, you should be compensated for any medical bills or financial losses you have suffered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). This act declares that injured employees are entitled to benefits for disability, costs of medical treatment, transportation expenses, and rehabilitation.
Have a Qualified Attorney in Your Corner
Our Beaumont personal injury lawyers at Brasher Law Firm, PLLC have the experience and credentials that you need to fight for your legal rights. Attorney Clint Brasher is board certified in personal injury trial law and was recognized twice in Texas Monthly as a rising star by Super Lawyers®. This means that when you work with our firm, you are working with an expert attorney who can advocate on your behalf with a proven efficiency and effectiveness that only 10% of Texas lawyers can claim.
We have investigated and handled numerous cases against drilling companies for unsafe operations and procedures, as well as other injury cases involving the oil and natural gas industry. Additionally, at Brasher Law Firm, PLLC, you won’t pay attorney’s fees unless we win a recovery for your claim, no matter how many hours we work on your case.
After I was hurt on the job, my company tried to keep me from filing worker’s compensation. Instead, they offered to pay me cash. They told me not to file a worker’s compensation claim – that they would take care of me. When I went a got an MRI on my own, they fired me. Clint Brasher took my case all the way to trial. My employer offered a $25,000.00 right before trial to settle the case. Clint said no and convinced a jury to award me $852,000.00 plus interest. I recommend anyone with a legal problem to call The Brasher Law Firm.Jimmy Couch Jr.Beaumont, Texas
After being told by multiple lawyers that I really had no case or that my chances of being awarded any settlement was very slim, I was referred to the Brasher Law firm. Nishi worked on my case and with very little effort on my part, she put together my case with an opening statement and presentation that put my opponent on their heels. She set a goal from the start and didn’t relent until her goal was met and I got what was owed me. Thank you Nishi for knocking it out of the park!L. Smith