Offshore Rig & Platform Accidents
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The Jones Act Protects Injured Seamen
Work on a ship, motor vessel, jackup rig, or offshore rig has special hazards. The Jones Act recognizes the difficult conditions seamen face when they are injured.
At the Tylka Law Firm in Galveston, Texas, you will find an attorney experienced with offshore rig accidents and the rights of workers under the Jones Act. Call us now. We can help.
Seaman and Offshore Rig Workers Face Dangerous Conditions
Offshore rig and platform workers experience dangerous conditions at work, including explosions, slip and fall accidents due to oily decks and unsecured equipment, malfunctions of equipment, and injuries caused by being forced to work shorthanded. They should know that the law protects them, and that Tylka Law Firm can help enforce their rights under the law.
The Jones Act can be a confusing area of law, and employers might not explain all of a seaman’s rights. An offshore rig accident attorney experienced with Jones Act rights and litigation can advise injured seamen and their families. Call us now. We can help.
Jackup rigs are considered boats under the law when they can be moved under their own power. The Jones Act — and the all the rights of the Jones Act — apply to workers on the rigs. The rights also apply to seamen on oil tankers, container ships, offshore supply boats, cruise ships, barges and other watercraft on brown water or blue water, in the Gulf of Mexico or in more distant international waters.
Jones Act rights apply to everyone on board. This can include:
- Deck hands
- Barge workers
- Line workers
- Crew members
An experienced offshore rig accident/maritime attorney can enforce those rights for you.
Seamen often sustain serious injuries, but medical care may be limited to basic first aid. Injuries can get worse quickly even as supervisors may downplay the seriousness of the injury. It is a highly dangerous environment, and injuries that require care often wait until the employer provides transportation to a medical facility.
Maintenance and Cure
In maritime cases, cure refers to the medical care you are entitled to for injuries suffered at work. Maintenance is the compensation your employer is required to pay you while you are unable to work.
When Justice Matters… We Will Be There for Our Clients
If you have been injured on the job at sea or on a river craft, talk to a lawyer experienced with Jones Act rights. The Tylka Law Firm provides free consultations in all injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us by phone or online. Hablamos Español.