Let Our Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers Help You Seek Compensation After an Oil Rig Accident

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If you or a loved one works on an oil rig, you know how dangerous a workplace accident can be. Injuries suffered on an oil rig are extremely serious and often include burns, broken bones, and head or spine trauma. The injuries are more serious because you’re dealing with larger equipment, harmful chemicals, and equipment that can be very hot. These injuries are life changing injuries, and action should be taken to protect the injured employee.

The oil rig accident attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have devoted more than 30 years to representing injury victims from oil rigs all across the state of Louisian from Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe, Lafayette, Alexandria and the neighboring small towns. Contact us today at (318) 561-2500, or submit an online request for a free evaluation of your case.


Offshore Drilling Rig Injuries

We know how difficult your job as an oil rig worker is – and that if you are hurt, your livelihood and your ability to provide for your family may be in jeopardy. We also know that too many oil rig accidents are preventable and that your injuries may have been caused by unsafe working conditions or defective equipment. Oil rig accidents can happen for a variety of reasons.

Some of the more common causes include:

oil-rig-law-drilling Defective drilling rigs, wellheads and other machinery
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Improperly designed or installed safety features

oil-rig-law-leaks Gas leaks
oil-rig-law-structural Structural damage to the rig
oil-rig-law-weather Hazardous weather conditions

The Jones Act

Oil rig accidents are different from other work-related accidents because workers on an oil rig are usually subject to a special category of injury laws. The Jones Act is a law that regulates compensation to injured seamen who become hurt on the job. A seaman is someone who works on a boat or other vessel in the ocean or inter-coastal waterways – and an oil rig worker meets that definition.

Under the Jones Act, an injured seaman has two primary rights:

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“Maintenance and cure” – the financial equivalent of the room and board he or she would normally receive at sea, plus medical treatment.
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The right to file legal action against the employer if the worker’s injuries occurred as a result of negligence. That is a key difference between Jones Act occupations and traditional jobs covered under workers’ compensation. It’s important to note that employers may be deemed negligent if they fail to provide a safe working environment or if the actual rig or vessel is considered “unseaworthy” (unsafe or otherwise unsuited for the work required).

 

The right to file legal action against the employer if the worker’s injuries occurred as a result of negligence. That is a key difference between Jones Act occupations and traditional jobs covered under workers’ compensation. It’s important to note that employers may be deemed negligent if they fail to provide a safe working environment or if the actual rig or vessel is considered “unseaworthy” (unsafe or otherwise unsuited for the work required).
 
If you have been injured on an oil rig, you need the assistance of a law firm experienced in Jones Act and other relevant maritime regulations. The oil rig accident lawyers at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault will review your case to determine what caused your injury, which laws cover your injury, and the amount of damages that your injury warrants. We’ll develop a legal strategy designed to obtain maximum benefits for you and your family. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Oil Rig Accident Attorneys

If you have been hurt in an oil rig accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights and contact the oil rig accident attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault. We’ve helped personal injury victims from Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe, Lafayette, Alexandria and surrounding communities throughout the state. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Call (318) 561-2500 today, or submit an online request.

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Our Areas of Practice

Louisiana injured accident victims have rights, and the attorneys of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault want to help fight for them. Our attorneys understand that serious accident injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life, and we will work hard to help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of accidents and other situations. Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, exposure to toxic substances, and more are all avoidable circumstances that can lead to the unnecessary injury to a victim. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that leave them facing a difficult recovery or even a permanent disability. When that happens, victims should be able to focus on their health and recovery, not the complex and often frustrating details of a legal case.
When you are injured or become ill because of a dangerous drug, defective medical device, or a toxic consumer product, you are very likely not the only person to suffer. When a product harms a large number of people, a court may determine that the case can be filed as a mass tort action, which saves time, effort, and money for each individual plaintiff. Our mass tort attorneys are prepared to take on major manufacturers to get you the compensation you deserve.

Why Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Is Your Best Choice

You have a lot of choices when it comes to personal injury attorneys in the South Central U.S., so why choose us? Our results speak for themselves. Through our commitment and dedication, we are able to negotiate maximum settlements for our clients and we take pride in holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they have caused. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you can expect:

  • Experience in all areas of injury law. Our team of 16 attorneys has handled every type of personal injury claim—from motor vehicle accidents to nursing home abuse—and we will match our experience to your specific case. You can rest assured that we understand the best approach for your unique claim and we will pull out all the stops to fight for you.
  • Commitment to clients. We value each and every one of our clients as an individual and our entire team—from our friendly receptionist to our highly skilled attorneys—will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. You will always feel like you are our top priority and we will see your case through to the end.
  • Maximum results. Our many years of experience and knowledge of the law allow us to evaluate the strength of your case and adopt the best strategy to pursue the maximum settlement available. If more than one party may be held responsible for your injuries, we will file multiple claims to make sure you get every penny you are owed to help you recover and support your family.

While our large staff and comprehensive services offer the advantages of a big law firm, our personalized service and individual attention give our clients the feeling of a small town family firm. With Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you get the best of both worlds!

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