Decades Of Experience Fighting For Offshore Oil Workers
For offshore oil workers, the job is demanding. Long hours, exhausting labor and hazardous conditions make it a far cry from an office job. But it’s also rewarding. The long stretches of time off — and the camaraderie with your coworkers when you’re at sea — make it all worth it.
Any number of things can go wrong in this dangerous line of work. Fires, explosions, crashes, falls — in the blink of an eye, your life may never be the same again.
To make matters even more complicated, you may feel at a complete loss for how to tackle the legal issues. What type of compensation can you get? Will your medical bills get covered? How do you go about starting a claim?
We’ve Won Millions Of Dollars For People Like You
You don’t have to face these challenges alone. At the maritime law firm of attorney Larry Curtis, we’ll handle all the legal issues, freeing you up to focus on getting better.
Our firm has a proven track record of success when it comes to offshore injury cases.
Making Sense Of Your Options For Compensation
Offshore oil accidents are complicated for many reasons. Depending on the nature of your job and where you were stationed, different laws may apply, including:
- State workers’ compensation law
- The federal Jones Act (which provides compensation for injured seamen)
- Maintenance and cure (coverage for medical expenses, transportation, food and housing while you’re injured or sick)
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (a federal law that covers certain maritime workers)
- The Death on the High Seas Act (for fatal accidents)
Generally, if the accident occurred on a fixed oil platform, the law of the nearest state will apply. Injuries that take place on drilling ships, support vessels, helicopters, jack-up rigs and other movable vessels typically fall under federal law.
It also matters whether you’re an employee of the oil company or a contractor. These technical details can make a big difference in your ability to sue for negligence, if warranted.
Get Answers By Contacting A Lawyer
With almost 40 years of experience, our lawyer understands how to untangle even the toughest cases. We can help you determine which law applies and walk you through all potential sources of recovery.