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Drilling Rig Injuries

Oil and gas rig workers endure some of the most dangerous job conditions in the country. An average drilling operation often exposes a worker to many potential accidents, such as being hurt by a crane, burned during a blowout, exposed to hazardous chemicals, or injured by falling objects, just to name a few. These accidents can cause an injured worker to suffer through physical and emotional pain, medical bills, permanent scarring, and lost wages.

Worker exhaustion and equipment failure are some of the factors that make drilling rigs one of the most dangerous jobs in America. For example, a tired worker, who has been working a 10 or 14-hour shift, may be so exhausted that may accidentally commit a mistake that puts the safety of other workers a risk. Similarly, it is common for rig workers to work under difficult conditions such as high elevations or extreme temperatures which also increase the risk of injury.

A study by the Department of Health and Human Services explains that it is seven times more probable for an oil rig worker to suffer a fatal accident in comparison to any other worker in the United States. At the Merman Law Firm, we understand that accidents at drilling rigs are often a result of long work hours, demands for higher productivity, poor training, and unsafe working conditions. Regardless of the type of accident or the size of your injury, you need to be represented by qualified attorneys who know exactly how to win your case.

There are a number of different laws that were made to compensate a worker who has fallen victim to a drilling rig accident. An injured worker is usually protected by Workers’ Compensation laws, Product Liability laws, or Negligence laws. Similarly, if the accident happened at an offshore drilling rig, an injured worker may be protected under the Jones Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Land Act, or other laws that apply exclusively to accidents at sea.

That said, while many protections exist to help injured workers recover from an accident, each law has many factors that need to be clearly established before a worker may file a lawsuit or receive compensation. If you are seeking to file a lawsuit because you or a loved one has suffered an accident while working on a drilling rig, you need the best oil rig attorneys to help you get all the compensation that you deserve.

Whether you worked as a rig manager or a roughneck, a driller or a deck hand, an engineer or a swamper, the law may entitle you to the compensation that you are seeking. The oil rig attorneys at The Merman Law Firm understand a worker’s life on the rig, they can carefully review every detail of your case, and they can walk you through every step of the way until you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.   

We realize that a drilling rig accident may cause physical, emotional, and economic damages to injured workers and their families. We can help you through this difficult time. Whether you seek to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, trauma, wrongful death, or any other loss, call the oil rig injury lawyers at the Merman Law Firm today for immediate assistance.