If you were injured working for a negligent drillship company, time is not on your side. You have unique rights under the Jones Act, but the first thing you need to do is contact an experienced maritime lawyer to help you determine the proper next steps.
Drillships work in water depths ranging from 2,000 to more than 10,000 feet and have extensive mooring and positioning equipment, as well as a helipad to receive supplies and transport drillship workers. Drillships are unique in that they are easily mobile, unlike other offshore drilling units. They are able to propel themselves from well to well and location to location, unlike semisubs, which must rely on an outside transport vessel to transfer them from place to place. While they are efficiently built vessels, they are susceptible to being placed in rough and dangerous waters that put the drillship workers in dangerous situations.
Drillship workers have one of the most hazardous jobs, and the dangerous nature of their job can sometimes lead to serious injuries and even death. While their jobs are dangerous, many injuries can be easily avoided by ensuring the drillship has proper safety equipment and that the drillship workers are properly trained.
Negligent Drillship Companies Will Not Advocate On Your Behalf
At VB Attorneys, we have worked with too many hardworking drillship workers, such as crane operators, roustabouts, and deckhands, only to find out that their companies were at fault for their injuries. Most recently, we were able to advocate on behalf of an injured crane operator and grant him the compensation and care that he rightfully deserved.
Like most companies, drillship companies are only unfortunately interested in protecting their best interest. If you get injured as a result of their negligence, they are going to do everything in their power to limit the resources that they have to use and minimize your injuries. They may act as though they will help you but you can not entrust someone who is motivated to save money and resources.
Every Maritime Worker Must Be Properly Trained on a Drillship
Marine companies have a responsibility to train employees on how to prevent accidents, as well as how to respond to medical emergencies and how to get fellow employees emergency medical care when they need it. Some drillship companies have a pattern of failing to take any measures to protect employees in any type of medical emergency. This is a huge disservice to their dedicated employees who work hard for them every day.
Not only do some drillship companies lack in providing proper training, but they do not ensure that their vessels have the proper equipment and safety precautions. Like any employer, they are required to provide a safe and functional workplace for their employees. When this does not happen, it is incredibly likely that injuries will occur.
We Are Here to Help
At VB Attorneys, our maritime lawyers understand the complexities that come with being in a drillship accident. There are only a few law firms that specialize in maritime and offshore injuries and we are one of them. We are here to help the hard-working maritime workers when their employers neglect to protect them. If you want an entire team of people dedicated to winning your case, you need to call 877-724-7800 or fill out a request for a consultation.