Many Louisiana residents work out at sea, as living on the coast the jobs are plentiful and they usually pay pretty well. Unfortunately, they are also very dangerous. If you work on an oil platform, heavy equipment and machinery are all around you. Sometimes equipment fails or human error occurs causing employees to suffer injuries. When it does maritime law can help injured workers fight for fair and full compensation.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an oil rig accident, the steps you take after the incident could hurt or help you. Workers’ compensation is available to offshore workers, but there are no guarantees that the coverage offered will actually cover all of your losses. So, what can you do?
First off, certain offshore workers may be entitled to increased workers’ comp benefits. This can certainly help to some degree. Legal counsel may be able to help you fight for these increased benefits.
Secondly, did you know you may also have the ability to file legal claims against your employer and/or any other party deemed responsible for your injuries? Certain maritime laws make this possible. To learn more about these laws, please take moment and visit our firm’s website.
Louisiana-based offshore oil rig workers have difficult jobs. They spend extended periods of time away from their families, in an environment that is less than ideal. If injured on the job, they deserve fair compensation for their losses. With the assistance of an experienced maritime law attorney, they can take the actions necessary to fight for just that.