Injuries While on Hitch
The offshore work life is not only a unique form of employment, but it involves a different way of life. Offshore workers often spend weeks away from their family while performing at job sites. Given the trend in the oil and gas business, the need for experienced offshore workers will not be diminishing anytime soon, which is why oil and gas companies must continue to ensure the safety of all their offshore workers. If you or a loved one were injured in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting injuries.
Offshore Work and the Hitch
Offshore work comes with the lingo of the trade (in addition to several sailor terms). The number of weeks you are offshore at a rig or platform is known as a “hitch.” A hitch is often two to four weeks and is often followed by several weeks at home. Military seamen also refer to their time offshore as a hitch, such as a “three year hitch” in the Navy. Offshore life is drastically different than the 8-hour days the majority of employees work around the country. Many offshore workers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times and must be ready to spring into action regardless as to what time it is. A worker’s hitch does not just mean 12 hours of work and 12 hours of rest, but often requires 24/7 attention to detail. Therefore, any injury that occurs while offshore means that the offshore company should be held liable for the resulting injuries.
A hitch is an important factor in any offshore injury claim because it directly proves that the worker was at the rig, platform, or vessel at the time of the injury. Each worker’s hitch should be well documented by their employer and therefore will be helpful in preparing the claim. There are many different federal and state laws that govern accidents at the high seas, and an experienced maritime attorney will help sort through these laws to determine which is applicable. It is important that you prepare your claim as soon as possible to ensure you bring it within the appropriate limitations period.
A worker who is injured while in the course of their offshore duties may be able to receive compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and future earnings. An experienced maritime law attorney will be able to assist you with your claims as well as calculate the amount of damages you are entitled to receive.
Malley Law Firm | Maritime Law Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured while on a hitch, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling all types of maritime claims, including injuries received during the course of your offshore employment. Contact our Texas offices today for your initial free consultation.