Houston Offshore Injuries Lawyer
If you or a loved one work offshore, as many people in the Houston area do, then you know there is a heightened risk of injuries. Anytime an offshore worker is injured on the job, they should not have to worry about whether or not they will receive compensation. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our Houston offshore injuries attorneys are dedicated to helping ensure injured workers receive the compensation they deserve. Offshore injury incidents cannot be handled like any other workers’ compensation claim. In most cases, different laws apply to workers injured in these situations.
Why Choose Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP To Help?
In the aftermath of sustaining something as serious as an offshore injury, you need a team by your side with extensive experience handling these cases. Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP is ready to get to work on your behalf.
- We purposely limit the number of cases that our attorneys take, thereby ensuring that we have the time and resources necessary to devote to each client.
- We have a reputation for success and have collected millions on behalf of clients in cases just like this.
- We have a thorough understanding of the various maritime laws that guide compensation claims for injured offshore and maritime workers.
- We take Houston offshore injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. If we do not win, the client does not pay.
What Will An Attorney Do To Help This Case?
Due to the nature of these injuries, offshore accidents can become incredibly complex. Unfortunately, injured workers often do not have the resources or legal experience necessary to conduct a full investigation into their case and secure the compensation they need. A skilled Houston offshore injuries lawyer will be able to:
- Conduct a full investigation into the incident that caused the injury.
- Work with trusted medical professionals to assess their client’s injuries.
- Properly calculate the total losses a client will incur due to the injury.
- Negotiate with all parties involved to obtain a fair settlement.
What Are The Common Causes Of Houston Offshore Drilling Injuries?
Offshore accident injuries are often severe for workers, and they happen in a variety of ways. Workers on offshore vessels and platforms operate around heavy equipment, hazardous materials, and in ever-changing sea and weather conditions. Some of the most common causes of these incidents include:
- Onloading or offloading accident
- Mooring line incidents
- Offshore drilling accident
- Hoisting equipment incidents
- Offshore oil rig accident
- Offshore crane accident
- Basket transfer accident
- Underwater welding or diving accident
- Electrocution or shock incidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Poor vessel conditions/poor maintenance
- Explosions or fires onboard
The reality is that many employers fail to take basic steps to prevent these incidents from occurring. Unfortunately, profit is often put above worker safety. This can result in workers not having proper training or equipment or them lacking adequate supervision.
Any of these incidents can lead to traumatic injuries, and it is not uncommon for our Houston offshore injuries lawyers to help clients have sustained the following:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Amputation incidents
- Burn injuries
- Hearing and vision loss
Unfortunately, many of these traumatic incidents can lead to permanent scarring or disfigurement as well as permanent disabilities for offshore workers. These incidents can also lead to severe emotional or psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Will Workers’ Compensation Cover These Injuries?
There is always confusion about whether or not an offshore worker is covered through the Texas workers’ compensation system. In general, a worker injured offshore will likely be entitled to compensation through one of several different types of maritime injury laws.
Perhaps the most well-known of these compensation laws is called the Jones Act (The Merchant Marine Act of 1920). Under this law, an employee must have a substantial connection to a vessel or fleet of vessels and be able to prove the negligence of the vessel owner, employer, master, or other crew members, or that an unsafe condition contributed to the injury. For the Jones Act to apply, a worker must spend at least 30% of their working service on the vessel.
However, there are times when the Jones Act will not apply, but a maritime worker may be able to receive compensation under the following:
- The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
- The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- The Death on the High Seas Act (for cases when a worker dies)
When working to determine how an injured offshore worker will receive compensation, your attorney will thoroughly investigate your employment situation. This includes examining your job duties, analyzing how your employment is classified, and determining the status of your employer.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available?
If you or a loved one have sustained an injury in an offshore accident, there are various types of compensation you may be entitled to. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our Houston offshore injuries lawyers regularly help clients recovered the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Coverage of vocational rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering damages
The total amount of coverage a victim receives will vary depending on the facts related to their particular case. While filing a claim under the Jones Act (or other maritime law) may be similar to workers’ compensation claims, settlements under these laws are generally much larger than typical workers’ comp claims.
Let An Attorney Help You Today
If you or somebody you love has been injured while working offshore, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we are ready to conduct a full investigation into your claim in order to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. We are not afraid to take on major companies, and we understand the laws in place regarding offshore accidents. If you need a Houston offshore injuries attorney, you can contact us online for a free consultation of your case or by calling (713) 574-4600.