What Do I Do If I Am Injured on a Drillship?

Photo of an operator checking parts on an oil and gas rigA Jones Act seaman has sued Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. for alleged negligence after the man suffered injuries working on a drillship. He claims that an unsafe working environment was the cause of his injuries.

In August 2015, the plaintiff was working aboard M/V Deepwater Asgard when an accident occurred. His resulting serious injuries lead to pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.

Because drillships are full of industrial equipment, negligence can easily lead to catastrophic injuries and even death in workplace accidents.

What Do I Do If I Suffer Injuries on a Drillship?

The laws and rules regarding drillship injuries are incredibly complicated. Your legal claim will likely fall under the Jones Act. This means that, in addition to maintenance and cure benefits from your employer, you are able to sue your employer if some form of negligence occurred. You may also be able to sue third-parties that may have been involved in some way, including the owner of the drillship, product manufacturers and suppliers and anyone who might have been responsible for keeping the boat and its equipment maintained.

Because these claims can be complex, it is important, as soon as you are able, to discuss your injuries with a qualified Jones Act and maritime accident lawyer. Your attorney will help you make sure your claim is comprehensive and filed in a timely manner, as well as identifies all possible parties as defendants to ensure that your recovery is maximized.


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