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. Offshore workers should not have to worry about whether they will receive compensation if they are injured. 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 managed 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 managing these types of cases. Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP is ready to get to work on your behalf.
- We purposely limit the number of cases 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 yours.
- 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 legally intricate. 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.
- Accurately 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?
Workers on offshore vessels and platforms operate around heavy equipment, hazardous materials, and in ever-changing sea and weather conditions, so if an injury is sustained, it is often severe. Some of the most common causes of these incidents include:
- Unloading 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 on-board
The reality is that many employers fail to take basic steps to prevent these incidents from occurring. Unfortunately, profit is often valued above worker safety. When this happens, workers do not receive proper training or equipment or lack 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, disfigurement, and 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 Your Injuries?
People are often confused about whether the Texas workers’ compensation system covers offshore workers. 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 prove the negligence of the vessel owner, employer, master, or other crew members or prove 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, if it is a situation where the Jones Act does not apply, 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. Investigations include examining job duties, analyzing how employment is classified, and determining the status of the employer.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available?
If you or a loved one have sustained an injury in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to several different types of compensation. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our Houston offshore injuries lawyers regularly help clients recover 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 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 to secure any compensation to which you may be entitled. 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.