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Any explosion can lead to devastating injuries for victims, but oil rig explosions can be particularly severe and result in significant injuries or death for victims. Oil rig workers operate in an environment much with a higher risk of explosions and heavy machinery incidents. In many cases, these injury incidents are caused by employer carelessness or negligence. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our Dallas construction accident attorneys are ready to help if you or a loved one are injured. Let us investigate the incident and secure any compensation you are entitled to.

These incidents can lead to severe injuries

There are many ways that oil rig explosions can occur. Those who work on oil rigs regularly operate around heavy machinery and combustible substances. Oil rigs also present challenging and unpredictable environments, such as rough seas and severe weather. A single mistake on the part of anybody on board an oil rig can lead to a serious explosion or accident. Some of the most common hazards on an oil rig include:

  • Heavy equipment and machinery
  • Defective ventilation systems that cause a buildup of toxic fumes
  • Poorly maintained pipelines or other equipment that leak or spray fuel
  • Improper use of tools, particularly welding and torch devices
  • Corrosion of mechanical equipment or electrical parts
  • Improper storage of materials on board

Injuries that occur on an oil rig are often severe. While not a complete list, some of the most common injuries that occur on an oil rig include:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Internal organ damage or bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Impalement
  • Severe burns
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Occupational illnesses (chronic respiratory injuries, cancers, etc.)

It is also not uncommon for oil rig injury victims to experience tremendous emotional and psychological trauma due to the incident that caused their injuries. This can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Oil rig accident workers’ comp claims are handled differently

Work injuries on an oil rig are going to be handled through the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. This law was designed to provide compensation for any person who is employed on a vessel on navigable US waterways and was:

  • Contributing to the vessel’s function
  • Was connected to the vessel substantially at the time their injury occurred

This law also allows for family members of those killed in the course of their employment on vessels in US waterways to bring a civil action against the employer.

Let us get to work on your behalf

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an oil rig accident, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we have vast experience helping clients in the aftermath of these injury incidents, and we will work to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This can include:

  • Coverage of all medical bills related to the oil rig explosion
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work while you recover
  • Temporary or permanent disability benefits as needed
  • Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the oil rig operators

If you need a Dallas oil rig accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.

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