Offshore Accident Attorney

Offshore Accident Attorney

Large offshore oil rigs can be extremely dangerous places for employees. In fact, oil drilling is an inherently dangerous endeavor. It’s important for rig workers and oil companies to adopt extreme caution during all stages of the drilling process. When it comes to the safety of employees, oil companies often tend to cut corners. By doing so, they risk the lives of their working personnel.

Fires and explosions are some of the most dangerous types of accidents that can occur on oil rigs. The injuries sustained from such an incident may lead to long-term consequences.

Common Oil Rig Accidents

  • Collisions
  • Loss of control
  • Lifting problems
  • Fires and explosions
  • Pinching and crush injuries
  • Objects striking the eye
  • Slips, trips, and falls

In offshore cases, both state and federal governments have compensation plans to reimburse workers for medical bills and loss of wages. But there are times when the compensation offered to oil rig workers isn’t sufficient to cover all the expenses arising from the accident.

If you are struggling to recover financially after an injury, you need to reach out to well-qualified and experienced attorneys. Solicitors at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have more than two decades of experience in handling complicated offshore accident cases.

Offshore workers are often subject to:

  • Chemical burns
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Blunt trauma
  • Paralysis

Call our office today for a FREE initial analysis of your offshore accident case. Our attorneys work on a contingent agreement basis, i.e., we receive payment only when we resolve a case successfully.


Don’t Delay! Your claim may be valid. Let our attorneys fight for your compensation before the statute of limitations expires!

Offshore Accidents Require Specialized Legal Knowledge

If you or your loved one has a maritime related case, don’t hesitate to reach out to our attorneys 

Why Hire an Offshore Accident Attorney

Handling maritime accidents often require extensive experience. Offshore injury lawyers in Ruston, LA at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have built a reputation of tenaciously fighting on behalf of workers who have been injured due to dangerous conditions on ships and rigs. Our personal injury lawyers are always aware of the specific dangers that employees face when working in dangerous conditions.

Your Legal Rights

As per state and federal laws, seamen cannot file a worker’s compensation claim like any normal employee. Thus, the Maritime Act and Jones Act are in place to make sure that offshore workers are treated fairly.

Jones Act

These rules apply to people who spend at least 30% of their time in navigable waters. The Jones Act covers a variety of injuries such as neck injury, broken bones, eye injury, head injury, brain injury, burns and spinal cord injury. Under this law, you may get compensated for:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Medical expenses

Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act

This act covers employees who work on docks. Shipbuilders, longshoremen, builders, and harbor construction personnel are all covered under this act. The law makes provision for medical costs and lost income.

Death on the High Seas Act

Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) allows family members of the deceased maritime worker to file a lawsuit against the owner of the vessel.

Legal Remedies under DOHSA

  • Funeral expenses
  • Counseling expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Other financial expenses

Maintenance and Cure

This is one of the most basic rights of an offshore worker. Under ‘Maintenance and Cure’, all medical expenses and transportation costs are covered.

Unfortunately, despite modern safety measures, tragic accidents still occur. Safety oversights, rough weather, poor judgment, and other factors lead to deadly accidents and injuries.

If you’ve become the victim of an offshore accident, corporations may sometimes deny your rights. If your rights have been violated, it’s time to seek justice.

It’s important to hire specialist maritime attorneys who have extensive experience in handling offshore injury cases.

Call the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess

Handling offshore accidents require specialized legal knowledge

Importance of Hiring an Offshore Accident Attorney

When an offshore employee is injured on the job, they are legally entitled to receive compensation for treatment and recovery. However, in most instances, employers and their insurers attempt to pay only a fraction of the expenses. Only experienced attorneys have an in-depth understanding of all the nuances of maritime law. This helps them push for the maximum eligible compensation for your injuries.

As offshore accidents occur far from where the actual investigation can be carried out, lawyers play a pivotal role in carrying out all the necessary investigations. When there is an offshore accident, the employer sends lawyers and investigators to ensure all the evidence is collected and works in favor of the victim. Only offshore injury lawyers are trained and capable of detecting such tactics.

Apart from compensation for medical expenses, maritime workers are also entitled to compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering. A proficient offshore accident attorney will apprise you of your options and assist you in filing for damages.


A vessel may not be seaworthy for multiple reasons. Machinery and other equipment may not fit properly. There may also be negligence in repairs. There are safety staff on each vessel to ensure that procedures are followed. An offshore accident attorney will thoroughly investigate all the safety and maintenance records and also review all the certifications.

Offshore Accident Attorney

After an injury, money is often a major concern. Just like any personal injury claim, medical bills start piling up. The attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess exist to make your life simpler in such difficult times.

We can help you in evaluating liability factors such as:

  • Failure to train seamen
  • Insufficient maintenance of safety equipment
  • Failure to hire qualified workers
  • Failure to maintain the vessel

Irrespective of what your income or job title is, there’s no need to tackle all your problems alone. Offshore accidents can result in significant losses and even wrongful death. Don’t Delay! Call Clay! We are also equipped to handle car accident and truck accident cases with skill and efficiency.