The dangerous nature of maritime work often leaves employees vulnerable to serious injuries. The workers on offshore production platforms and drilling rigs carry a unique set of hazards. Crew members on service boats, shipping vessels, and oil tankers also face the very real possibility of serious injuries, or even death, in the course of their “routine” work day. When an accident occurs, and a worker is seriously injured, he or she needs the help of an experienced maritime injury lawyer.
At Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm, P.C., we have handled numerous claims in general maritime law for injured offshore workers throughout the Gulf of Mexico. We are dedicated to making sure that injured and sick maritime workers receive the highest level of protection and benefits to which they are due under general maritime law and other relevant laws. We have helped many injured workers on the high seas get financial assistance to cover their medical expenses, pay their monthly bills, and get back to normal.
To make sure that your rights are completely protected in offshore cases, it is vital that you work with an accomplished offshore accident injury attorney. At Simon and O’Rourke Law Firm, P.C., we are completely dedicated to ensuring that ship owners and employers are held responsible for injuries sustained by their employees. We strive to get injured offshore workers the maximum compensation they are owed under general maritime law. Our law office is always ready to speak to injured offshore workers and is proud to have recovered substantial compensation packages for our past clients.
How Maritime Law Works
Maritime trade has been around almost since the beginning of civilization. Ever since men could build boats haul cargo in them, and sail from one port to another, there has been maritime trade. And ever since that time, working on those boats has been a dangerous, and often deadly, way to make a living.
As maritime trade grew and evolved, so have the laws surrounding maritime activities. Also, as maritime trade has grown in its sophistication and complexities, so have these laws. The offshore injury attorneys at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm understand how to handle the complexities involved in these claims.
Before You Sign Anything, Contact An Offshore Injury Accident Lawyer
Even the most generous employer must keep an eye on its bottom line. When a worker is injured in an offshore accident, employers and their insurance carriers may draft a document for the injured worker. These documents will offer the victim a small, lump-sum payment in exchange for the victim’s agreement not to pursue legal action against the employer. These offers help employers and their insurance providers protect their profit margins, while still providing some assistance to the injured worker.
Injured workers and their families may be tempted to sign such an agreement, especially as medical bills mount up, monthly household bills come due, and the prospects for additional income shrink. Employers and their insurance providers often count on this level of desperation to persuade injury victims to sign away their legal rights. The best way for injured workers to protect themselves, as well as to maximize their potential compensation, is to talk with a seasoned offshore accident injury attorney.
Injured Workers Need An Experienced Offshore Accident Injury Attorney
When an injured worker chooses to pursue legal action against an employer, they often face an uphill battle The employer and the insurance carrier are working toward protecting their profits, so they use teams of attorneys to attack a worker’s injury claims. In some cases, they may offer a small settlement to avoid the time and expense of going to court. In other instances, they may try to find ways to deny the claim or place the blame on the victim to keep from paying any amount at all.
The best way that workers can protect their rights is to work with an experienced offshore accident injury attorney. The attorneys at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm are familiar with the complex nature of offshore injury law, as well as with the strategies and tactics used by insurance carriers and their attorneys. We know how combat these strategies with techniques of our own, and we always strive to get the maximum compensation available for our clients.
Compensation Available In Offshore Accident Injury Lawsuits
Most workers who are injured in offshore accidents are eligible to pursue damages against their employers and the employers’ insurance carriers. These damages can cover a number of expenses related to the accident, including physical pain, emotional stress, and financial hardship.
Compensatory damages include costs directly related to the accident, such as:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency room costs
- Surgical procedures
- Hospital stays
- Prescription medications
- Doctor’s office visits
- Physical therapy sessions
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earnings
- … and much more.
Non-compensatory damages include secondary costs related to the accident, such as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- … and much more.
Punitive damages are damage awards intended to punish the employer for their actions or negligence that led to the injury. A jury can award punitive damages if jury members believe that the employer’s actions were found to be especially harmful to the victim and/or other employees.
Get Help From A Skilled Offshore Accident Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured from an offshore accident, you will need competent and capable legal advice to get the compensation you deserve for those injuries. You need to speak with an experienced and seasoned offshore workplace injury lawyer who understands the intricate details of maritime law. The attorneys and staff at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm, P.C., are here to help. Fill out the email form to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consulting session. We can examine your case, go over the details of the incident that led to your injury, and develop a winning strategy.
Contact us today for more information.