Let an Offshore Accident Lawyer work for you
Working offshore, be that as a sailor, oil worker, or on a cruise ship can be very hazardous, and many workers deal with serious risks and hazards on the job. Unfortunately, there are also some fatalities most years, which is why it is critical to have an experienced offshore accident lawyer available in case you are one of those people injured as a result of your job.
There are a lot of specific maritime laws, which need to be enforced and navigated, and this requires knowledge and expertise, which is why the victims of these incidents need to employ the services of a specialist offshore injury lawyer. If you or a family member have been injured offshore, then an offshore injury lawyer can guide you, represent you and perhaps most importantly of all, prevent you from making mistakes. Simple legal errors could ultimately result in your case being rejected due to a lack of legal knowledge on your behalf. An offshore accident lawyer will work hard to help you be financially compensated for that incident, which in turn will help you and your family get back on their feet.
There is the potential for literally hundreds of accidents to happen at sea every day, cold, inclement weather conditions, slippery surfaces, and unforeseen situations mean that the life of an offshore worker is fraught with risk. That is one of the reasons why so many laws have been written to try and cover every situation. These laws aim to protect and support offshore workers. Unfortunately, these laws, by their very nature, are technical; many people are surprised to learn, for instance, that anyone who works on an oil platform or rig, is not considered to be a seaman. In this situation, any case they are involved in is covered by the Outer Continental Shel Lands Act (OCSLA). Think of this law as a federal workers’ compensation plan specifically created to cover those workers who were not classified as seamen or harbour workers.
People who do qualify as a seaman are covered under a different type of legislation known as the Jones Act. Any accident which occurs on your ship, which is offshore at the time, is covered by this act and qualifies you to recover damages under the law. Because there are so many complexities with maritime laws, you must have a lawyer who is well versed in the law as it applies to offshore accidents.
Not all accidents involve blame; perhaps there was a particularly violent storm, which caused you to be thrown onto the deck, causing a broken arm, which then prevented you from working for six weeks. All of the equipment on the boat was maintained correctly; there was nothing that your employer could have done to avoid the accident. There is still potential for you to claim some compensation even though your employer can demonstrate that there was no negligence involved. However, to do this, you will need to employ the services of am offshore injury lawyer.
It is true to say in our experience that the vast majority of accidents do involve some aspect of negligence. If your employer had put suitable precautions in place, then it is highly unlikely that the accident would have occurred in the first place. If your employer has neglected to train their staff correctly, has not maintained the equipment, or ensured that proper safety equipment is on board, then he or she is negligent, and it is highly likely that you would be able to pursue a claim against them.
How Can An Offshore Injury Lawyer Help You?
Unfortunately, in many of the situations that we have seen in the course of our work, when a maritime worker has been injured on the job, either the employer of their insurance company tries to deny any compensation or offers an inadequate settlement figure. These are the two main reasons why you need a fully qualified offshore accident lawyer. Always consult with an offshore accident lawyer before signing any offer from an insurance company or employer. Once you have signed and agreed to the initial offer, then in most cases, you are unable to sue for further compensation at a later date.
Unfortunately and understandably, for many people, the thought of fighting their employer, who is backed up by an insurance company, can be very intimidating. Our team of maritime lawyers go toe to toe with the big insurance companies on a daily basis and are not scared to challenge them on your behalf. If you have been the victim of an injury at work, either offshore or in harbor, book a free consultation today with one of our maritime lawyers. It could be the best decision you will ever make.