The boating industry has been an important part of the country since its early days. Cities around the country were founded based on the easy access to water, and therefore trade. Over the past few decades, the offshore oil industry has emerged as a contender to the maritime industry, and involves thousands of employees who spend weeks at a time on offshore oil rigs. Since the early days of seamanship, federal and state laws have been implemented to protect seamen and their loved ones when serious injuries occur.
Maritime law offers protection to seamen and employees who are injured while offshore. When a seaman in the early twentieth century was injured or killed in a tragic accident, their families were often unable to provide for themselves after the accident. Modern maritime law is a unique combination of federal, state, and international laws which are in place to protect injured workers after accidents occur. However, the type of recovery will largely depend on the type of accident and resulting injuries. Sailors and oil rig workers alike look to the maritime and admiralty courts for recovery after injuries in state and federal waters.
The Malley Law Firm has years of experience in assisting and fighting for our clients after devastating accidents leave them incapacitated and without an income. Our offshore accident claims include the following:
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Equipment failure
- Negligent Operation
- Oil rig explosions
- Tugboat accidents
Tony Malley has extensive experience with the different maritime laws which protect seaman and oil rig workers, including:
- Jones Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
- General Maritime and Admiralty Law
As a seaman or offshore oil rig worker, you are accustomed to life on the high seas. Many workers have years of extensive training and are well equipped to handle any situation. Unfortunately, many other workers do not heave the requisite training which will assist them in case of an emergence. New oil and gas workers are often unable to stop a blowout from occurring when the pressure builds up, leading to an oil rig explosion. The failure to properly equip and train all employees on a vessel is the failure of the company, and they should be held accountable for the aftermath of the injuries. Most offshore workers spend weeks, if not months, away from their families to be able to provide for them – many are contract workers without the appropriate redress options in case of accidents.
It is important to keep in mind that you always have options if you have been injured due to the negligent actions of another person.
Malley Law Firm | Maritime Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in a maritime or offshore accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their maritime and offshore accident injury claims. Contact our Beaumont and Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.