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Lafayette Offshore Injury Lawyer

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Craig out on a Rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 1995.

If you were injured in an offshore oil accident, you may face a long recovery—or even permanent disability—with limited opportunity to work and provide for your family. You may be entitled to compensation for the harm you suffered.  Unfortunately, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, offshore injuries are sustained every single day in the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore injury cases in Louisiana are usually very complex. The litigation involves some of the most complicated laws that any attorney can handle. 

According to U.S. law, individuals who wish to claim compensation for their offshore injuries must do so before their statute of limitations expires. Should they fail to do so, they will almost certainly lose their right to file suit against the person or business that caused their offshore injury.

Therefore, if you have suffered any offshore injuries, it is vital you hire an experienced offshore injury lawyer to help navigate filing a suit. One that has worked out there, will travel out to a rig and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.

Due to his history on the rig, Craig Davis is well-versed in all laws that protect workers in case of an injury or the loss of their loved ones, including the Jones Act which protects American workers who are injured at sea.

When seamen and oil rig workers need an offshore injury lawyer to help them fight for compensation, they know that there is only one law firm they need to turn to and that is Craig A. Davis, APLC.

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Offshore Injury Lawyer in Lafayette

Offshore rig working is extremely dangerous and unfortunately injuries and/or fatalities happen. According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement there were 199 injuries reported in 2022 due to offshore injuries. That is up from 2021 when there were 164 injuries. There have been 53 deaths offshore and 43 explosions since 2007. 

If you have sustained injuries or you have lost a loved one due to an offshore accident, it’s important to have a knowledgeable offshore injury lawyer that knows how to fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. While no amount will ever bring back your loved one or will bring you back to pre accident life, we will do everything we can to make sure that financial worry is something you will never have to face again. 

Many law firms claim to handle offshore injury cases, but few can claim the level of experience and expertise it takes to successfully represent an offshore injury victim. Offshore injuries and accidents should only ever be handled by a offshore injury lawyer with a record of success taking on the big companies. Craig Davis is that offshore injury lawyer.

Our team has worked tirelessly on offshore injuries for years and should you need a lawyer, we would love to do the same for you.

How We Can Help With Your Offshore Injury

Louisiana is home to many offshore jobs in and around the Gulf.  Unfortunately, offshore injury or accidents are far too common.  Even worse, the possibility of experiencing a medical emergency out in the middle of the ocean makes working offshore very dangerous.  Not all vessels and rigs are equipped with onboard medical facilities.  When it comes to serious accidents, it can take much longer for a life flight helicopter to reach injured workers.

Craig and his staff understand the complexities of and offshore injuries and their cases.  We have helped many victims of offshore injuries get the compensation they deserve after an accident.  We fully understand the difficulties that workers face on large vessels.  

Most Common Type of Offshore Accidents

  • Offshore Oil Rig Accidents – Offshore oil rigs can become incredibly dangerous places, as machinery and equipment accidents, fires, explosions, or toxic spills can leave rig workers trapped with little or no opportunity to escape.
  • Offshore Drilling Accidents – Offshore drilling is considered one of the most dangerous U.S. industries. Many companies in Louisiana that are involved in offshore drilling may not prioritize safety in a way necessary to ensure their workers remain safe while working on an offshore rig.
  • Fires and Explosions – Fires and explosions are among the most catastrophic types of offshore injuries. They may be caused by poorly maintained equipment, improperly stored fuel or flammable substances, and collisions between vessels.
  • Equipment Failure – Broken or malfunctioning equipment poses an extreme hazard to workers, who can be burned, electrocuted, or mutilated by those failures.
  • Falls From Heights – Offshore rigs and vessels have high and exposed places that workers must regularly access. In poor weather conditions and without proper safety equipment, workers face a significant risk of injury in falls from great heights.
  • Dropped Objects – Heavy objects and materials, especially when suspended from heights, can cause head trauma and crush injuries when they are dropped or fall on an offshore worker.
  • Crushed by Equipment – Workers can suffer crush injuries when they get caught in machinery or are crushed by vehicles such as forklifts or boats.
  • Exposure to Toxic Chemicals – Offshore rigs and vessels, particularly those involved in the oil and gas industry, are loaded with numerous toxic chemicals and substances. When these substances are not properly stored or transported – and when workers are not given the proper protective equipment – exposure can cause debilitating or even fatal diseases and other medical conditions.
  • Helicopter Crashes – Helicopters are frequently used to transport people to and from offshore platforms and vessels. Crashes represent a real risk due to causes such as pilot error, improper maintenance, design or manufacturing defects, and poor weather or sea conditions.
  • Barge and Tugboat Injuries – Individuals can suffer from an offshore injury from barges and tugboats due to fires and explosions, electrocution injuries, or crush injuries when accidents occur during transport while embarking on or disembarking from other vessels.

Common Offshore Injuries Caused by Accidents

Offshore platforms rank among the most dangerous worksites for workers from Lafayette, Louisiana and South Louisiana.  They can lead to catastrophic offshore injuries. Nearly any type of injury can be suffered by workers and visitors to offshore sites and platforms.

Common offshore maritime injuries include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Amputations – Permanent life-altering injury where an offshore worker suffers the loss of all or some of a limb, finger, or other extremities. Amputations are extremely likely to happen due to the dangerous conditions of the work.
  • Head Injuries 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury – In an instant your life can be changed should you suffer a traumatic brain injury. You can lose the ability to work, do activities you once loved or struggle with everyday tasks. 
  • Burns – Burns are painful injuries that leave a lifetime of scarring, nerve damage, mental anxiety and possible disfigurement.
  • Electrocutions – Electrocutions can lead to permanent life changing injuries such as burns, organ failure, needed amputations or even death. 
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Crush Injuries
  • Exposure to Infectious or Toxic Chemicals and Substances – Many chemicals can be toxic if inhaled, come in contact with skin, or accidentally ingested. Individuals exposed to toxic substances can suffer various injuries and illnesses, depending on the specific substance and length of exposure.

Consult With A Lafayette Offshore Injury Lawyer Today

For over 30 years, Craig and his team has helped thousands of personal injury victims pursue compensation for damages owed to them. We are dedicated to providing competent, compassionate legal support, and giving you and your family the personalized attention you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. Give us a call today. Our conversations are always free and you don’t pay anything unless we win your case!

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What Happens If You Have An Offshore Injury?

When an accident or offshore injury happens at sea, what often happens is that injured offshore workers are taken back to shore for medical treatment. At the same time, their company may pressure them to sign documents waiving the worker’s rights or absolving the company of liability. However, as an offshore worker, you’re entitled to maintenance and cure, i.e. the full cost of your medical care and basic needs while you recover. Below is a group of questions we frequently answer when it comes to offshore injuries. 

What's a Offshore Attorney?

An offshore injury lawyer is an attorney who focuses on handling cases for offshore workers and their families after they’ve been injured or killed. They help the workers or their families recover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the accident. If you’ve been injured at sea, you should speak with an offshore attorney as soon as possible, if only to learn your options. 

What's the jones act?

The Merchant Marine Act—commonly referred to as the Jones Act—was passed in 1920. Among other things, it provides protections to offshore workers that they didn’t have previously. Before the Jones Act, injured offshore workers couldn’t hold companies liable for negligence and could only seek damages for the immediate costs of their medical care and living expenses. With the Jones Act, workers can seek compensation for the full scope of damages caused by a preventable offshore accident. 

What Can I recover With an Offshore Case?

Offshore injuries can be life-changing. When a worker is injured offshore, filing a Jones Act claim can get them compensation for lost wages, medical bills, the loss of the ability to work, and the costs of future care. Every case is unique, and understanding what you might be able to recover is vital. 

Can I file a Lawsuit After a Loved One died?

Yes, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was passed in 1920 and allows families to seek financial compensation after a loved one was killed due to negligence at sea. If your loved one was wrongfully killed while at sea, you could seek compensation for their lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and more.

Can I get backlisted for suing due to injury?

No, a person cannot get blacklisted from the offshore industry for suing their employer. Company owners have spread this myth across the industry with the hope that it will deter workers from holding them accountable in court. Our firm has never seen this blacklist, and many of our clients have returned to working offshore after their case.

Should I just accept my company's offer?

After an accident, workers want to believe that their company will treat them right. This isn’t unreasonable, because this is exactly what should happen. However, if a company offers a settlement shortly after an incident, it’s important to avoid signing or accepting anything. While it might seem like a company is doing the right thing, they usually aren’t. Often, settlements are much lower than a worker deserves, and they’re designed to absolve a company of liability as cheaply as possible.

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