ADMIRALTY / MARITIME LAW

Offshore workers have a dangerous job

| Jul 10, 2020 | Maritime Law |

Many people in Louisiana have a job that involves the water. Whether it is working along the rivers, bayous or in the ocean, these jobs can be dangerous. For those who are working offshore, there are certain risks that they face each day which can lead to a serious accident.

Offshore jobs are common in Louisiana. Those who work in the offshore petroleum industry face many job risks. One common risk are the platforms that the workers stand on. These platforms can be confined areas where there are risks of tripping and falling due to stairs and irregular surfaces. Offshore workers also have a greater risk of chemical exposure. There is also a harder time managing environmental spills. Workers can face gas leaks, explosions, and fire hazards.

Any accident on an offshore site can be dangerous. Many workers are injured or killed each year in an offshore accident leading to a worker facing a major disability and an uncertain financial future. A legal professional who is skilled in maritime law can help their client get the answers they deserve as to what happened to cause the accident. They can also help their client recover financial compensation for their injuries using the Jones Act which protects maritime workers from a negligent employer. There are many ways in which a maritime employer can be negligent, including insufficient training, equipment that needs to be repaired, lack of necessary equipment and poorly maintained decks.

Those who are injured in a maritime accident have legal rights to hold their employer accountable for their negligence. A maritime accident can affect a family in many ways, risking their financial future.