Offshore workers put their health and lives at risk every day. It is often dangerous work, and unfortunately, many employers don’t make safety a priority. If you or a loved one has been injured due to employer negligence, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what is offered by workers’ comp or the Jones Act. Our maritime injury lawyers at Pepper & Odom, P.C. represent injured victims of offshore accidents in Alabama, Mississippi and throughout the U.S. We can evaluate your case and advise you of your options.
Types Of Offshore Injuries
Injuries sustained on oil platforms and aboard ships can be devastating. Some of the most common injuries that victims suffer include:
Head Injuries – Falling equipment, a blow from a boom, falls from heights, and other hazards can cause traumatic brain injury and other head injuries. These types of conditions can range from a concussion to a brain injury that seriously impacts your quality of life and ability to work and support your family.
Back Injuries – Falls, heavy lifting, and other hard labor can lead to significant back injuries that have long-lasting effects. Common injuries such as herniated disc, cracked vertebrae, spinal cord injuries, and nerve damage may lead to chronic pain, permanent disability, and require surgery with an extended recovery period.
Burns – Combustible fumes, defective safety equipment, welding accidents, electrical issues, and loss of well control can cause explosions and fires that result in serious burns, disfigurement, or death. Inadequate safety protocols and human error are often causes of serious burn injuries. These types of injuries may necessitate multiple plastic surgeries that require painful, lengthy recoveries.
Amputation – Improper use of cables, mooring lines, and crush accidents such as getting caught under heavy equipment or between two vessels can result in life-altering injuries. The costs of prosthetics and home modifications alone can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. An injured victim may have to undergo grueling physical and occupational therapy, surgery, and other medical treatment, and can suffer serious psychological conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
Employer Negligence Causes Serious Injury And Death
Our maritime accident attorneys have handled tragic cases in which offshore workers unnecessarily lost their lives on the job. Falling cargo, explosions, electrocutions, falls, equipment failure, and other preventable accidents caused by employer negligence can result in serious injury or death. Some common types of employer negligence that can lead to injury or death include:
- Failure to implement appropriate workplace safety measures
- Inadequate or improper employee training
- Ordering workers to perform dangerous actions
- Ordering employees to perform actions outside the scope of their training
- Failure to warn of dangers
- Failure to adhere to OSHA standards
- Failure to assist injured employees
- Lying to employees
- Unnecessarily plotting a course through known hazards
- Other dangerous conditions
How Our Maritime Accident Attorneys Can Help
Our team of experienced attorneys is well-versed in the complexities of maritime law, the Jones Act, and industry best practices. We know what to look for when determining whether employer negligence may have played a role in an offshore injury case. We understand how to build solid cases and put all the evidence together to prove negligence.
Our lawyers fight aggressively to help injured workers recover the full and fair compensation they deserve. We take the weight off your shoulders so you can focus on what’s important – your healing and recovery. If you’ve lost a loved one in an offshore accident and believe that it was due to employer negligence, our maritime injury lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.
Cases involving offshore injuries and maritime law are complex. Having a seasoned maritime accident attorney by your side is critical to ensuring all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligent acts. Your initial case evaluation is always free, regardless of whether we proceed with your claim.
Contact A Maritime Injury Lawyer
Our experienced maritime accident attorneys at Pepper & Odom, P. C. are dedicated to helping injured victims and their families get the compensation they deserve to move on with their lives after an accident. Contact us online, call our Birmingham, Alabama office at 205-250-1107, or call 601-202-1111 in Jackson, Mississippi. Our personal injury lawyers represent clients in Alabama, Mississippi, and nationwide, utilizing local counsel.