The most common types of offshore accidents include equipment failure, personnel mistakes, and extreme or hazardous weather – such as seismic activity, hurricanes, choppy seas, etc. However, there are also many other types of offshore accidents that have caused major injuries and even fatalities.
Jim M. Perdue Jr. and Donald H. Kidd are board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and are members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The attorneys of Perdue & Kidd are committed to securing full and fair compensation for the victims of offshore accidents. Our firm deals with all sorts of offshore accidents and specializes in:
Third Party Longshore
When longshoremen and shore based workers are injured on the job, there are many protections for the employer, even if they are clearly negligent and responsible for the accident. However, Third Party Longshore law allows a worker to file a claim against any agent of the employer, such as the owners or operators of the vessel, dock, port, and other offshore or maritime areas.
In the past, when a worker was injured on a vessel, the employer could argue that United States courts had no jurisdiction if the accident happened in international waters – even if they were clearly responsible for the accident. The Jones Act ensures the safety of all workers aboard vessels no matter where the vessel was located when the accident happened.
Workers who are being transported to and from a vessel are in one of the most dangerous scenarios for offshore accidents. Whether by dock, smaller vessel, and especially basket transfers, these injuries can be severe and difficult to prove without an attorney.
Other Offshore Accidents
As stated by Science Direct, “underreporting of maritime accidents is a problem not only for authorities trying to improve maritime safety through legislation, but also to risk management companies and other entities using maritime casualty statistics.”
Another disturbing finding in the study was that the number of unreported offshore and maritime accidents made up approximately 50% of all occurred accidents. In addition to the above, other offshore accidents can involve:
- Drilling accidents – Most famously the BP oil spill resulted in 11 deaths and numerous injuries to workers. The accidents are usually associated with unexpected blowouts of gaseous or liquid materials from inside the well due to abnormally high pressure and improper safety precautions. Not only can drilling accidents cause numerous injuries and fatalities, they can cost business and home owners billions in property damage.
- Transportation and tanker accidents – Shuttle tankers are often the most common way of delivering hydrocarbons and fluids from offshore drills to onshore terminals. Transportation accidents involving tankers that can end in injury or death include running the tanker into shore reefs, running the tanker aground, collisions with another vessel, fires, improper storage of the cargo, and others.
- Storage accidents – Underwater reservoirs for storing gases and fluids are used to hold these materials until they can be moved by tanker and have capacities of up to 50,000 cubic meters. Any failure in these storage tanker can be hazardous and can be brought by a flaw in the system, which usually manifests during tanker loading operations or severe weather conditions.
Offshore Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been in injured or killed in an offshore accident, contact us as soon as possible to learn your rights and discuss your case with no obligation to you.