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Suffering from a Transocean work injury? Our Jones Act attorneys are here to help.

Guilty Waters: Transocean Work Injuries and Negligence

Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom


Transocean is one of the world's largest offshore drilling contractors, with a fleet of over 35 massive drillships. In recent years, the company has been involved in a number of high-profile accidents, including the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

If you sustain injuries aboard a ship, the company may bear responsibility for the damages.

In a court of law, this is called negligence, which can more specifically be defined as a company's failure to act reasonably and carefully.

Common Types of Negligence On Transocean Vessels

  • Failure to properly maintain equipment: Transocean has a duty to ensure that its drillships and equipment are properly maintained and inspected. Failure to do so can lead to catastrophic accidents.
  • Cutting corners on safety: Transocean has a duty to put safety first. However, in an effort to save money or increase profits, the company may sometimes cut corners on safety. This can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
  • Failure to follow proper procedures: Transocean has established procedures for its drillship operations. However, employees may sometimes fail to follow these procedures, which can lead to accidents.
  • Fatigue: Drillship workers often work long hours in demanding conditions. This can lead to fatigue, which can increase the risk of accidents.
  • Inexperienced workers: Transocean may sometimes hire inexperienced workers to save money. However, inexperienced workers are more likely to make mistakes, which can lead to accidents.

Holding Transocean Accountable

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Transocean drillship accident, you may be able to file a Jones Act lawsuit against the company. The Jones Act is a complicated piece of legislation that protects those who work at sea. If you have questions, click here to view a list of resources.  To win a Jones Act lawsuit, you must prove the following elements:

  • Duty: The duty in a Jones Act case refers to Transocean's responsibility to provide a reasonably safe working environment for its employees. This duty includes maintaining the vessels, equipment, and premises in a manner that minimizes the risk of harm.
  • Breach of duty: To establish a breach, you must show that Transocean failed to fulfill its duty. This could involve neglecting proper maintenance, inadequate safety protocols, or overlooking potential hazards. Evidence of negligence or substandard practices is crucial in proving a breach.
  • Causation: This element requires a clear connection between Transocean's breach of duty and the injuries sustained. It involves demonstrating that the negligent actions or conditions directly led to the accident and subsequent harm. Causation can be a complex aspect, often requiring expert testimony and detailed investigation.
  • Damages: In a successful Jones Act lawsuit, you need to present the damages suffered due to the injuries. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. Thorough documentation and expert testimonies may be necessary to quantify and support these damages.

If you are successful in your lawsuit, you may be awarded damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

VB Attorneys: Fighting for the Rights of Transocean Drillship Accident Victims

At VB Attorneys, we understand the challenges faced by victims of Transocean work injuries. We are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients and ensuring that they receive the compensation they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drillship accident, contact our Jones Act attorneys today for a free consultation. We will review your case and discuss your legal options.