Do Offshore Natural Gas and Oil Platform Accidents Fall Under Maritime Law?

The Louisiana Record featured a report on appellate court case involving an offshore well worker suffering an injury on a natural gas platform and whether maritime law applied.

The question of whether maritime law applies to natural gas well and oil platform accidents can be complicated. In this situation, the defendants, Specialty Rental Tools & Supply LLP, Zurich American Insurance Co. and Oil States Energy Services, were seeking to overturn a lower court ruling requiring them to defend Larry Doiron Inc. and Robert Jackson’s negligence in allegedly causing a flow-back operator’s injury.

Under maritime law, Larry Doiron filed a vessel owner limitation action for exoneration from liability and Robert Jackson sought protection under a master services contract. Basically, Larry Doiron Inc. and Robert Jackson were protected from liability for their alleged negligence in causing the flow-back operator’s injury through methods only available under maritime law.

How an Injury Attorney Can Help Work Accident Victims and Their Families

As you can tell, oil platform accidents can become extremely complex when maritime law is involved. The following video features experienced personal injury attorney John Jefcoat explaining how crucial it is to have the right legal representation in your corner in the wake of a workplace accident.

Galloway Jefcoat, LLP is a Louisiana personal injury law firm that handles issues such as workers’ compoil rig accidents and other types of injury incidents.



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