KTRK-TV recently reported on a fatal oil rig accident that cost a 43-year-old man his life. Reportedly, the incident involved a snatch block, which is used to pull pipes up and down on oil wells, falling, hitting the 43-year-old oil rig worker and pinning him to the floor of the rig.
After the snatch block, which weighs 2,500 to 3,000 pounds, struck the man, he died instantly. As of this writing, authorities were still investigating what caused the snatch block to fall.
What Should I Do If I Lose a Family Member in a Fatal On-the-Job Accident?
If you lose a loved one in a fatal on-the-job accident, you and your family may be able to bring those responsible to justice through a third-party claim or wrongful death lawsuit. You may also be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
To figure out which of the above options may be available to you, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about your situation. During this initial meeting, which is generally cost-free, the lawyer will analyze your situation, tell you whether you have a case, answer your questions and explain your options.
Galloway Jefcoat, LLP is a Louisiana personal injury law firm that helps injury victims and their families explore legal options regarding oil rig accidents, including filing workers’ comp, third party liability and wrongful death claims.