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05/23/2022

Transocean Worker Injuries - Your Rights Under the Jones Act

Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom

05/23/2022

Transocean, founded in 1954, is an offshore drilling company that has become one of the leading service providers to companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Equinor, and Chevron.

Having been in the offshore drilling industry for decades, Transocean has been involved in numerous accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Some of the most notable include the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Deepwater Asgard incident, and the most recent Deepwater Pontus blowout, among many others. It is important for Transocean employees and their families to be aware of their rights and options in the event of a blowout, explosion, or other major maritime accident.

What to Do if You Have Been Injured While Working for Transocean

If you have been injured while working any maritime or offshore job, you have legal rights under the Jones Act. This law provides healthcare coverage for injured maritime workers who suffer work-related illnesses or injuries. 

Our team of experienced maritime injury attorneys is ready to help if you have been injured while working for Transocean. We have assisted hundreds of maritime and offshore workers on their Jones Act claims and are committed to ensuring that no one is left without the coverage they deserve.

How to File a Jones Act Claim

The opportunity to file Jones Act claims is time-sensitive, so any delay in beginning the claim process could harm your chances of success. Follow each step carefully and promptly. 

  1. Report the Injury to your Captain, Employer, or Senior Officer

    You must notify the captain, employer, or a senior officer within 7 days of being injured aboard a ship in navigable waters or at a dock. The sooner you report your injury, the better, as the vessel's or shipping company's insurer may try to argue that you weren't seriously injured enough to justify filing a claim soon after the accident. Ensure that the captain records the injury in the ship's log and completes the Report of Marine Accident, Injury, or Death (CG-2692) form in accordance with federal regulations. 

  2. Complete the Accident Report 

    Your company-provided accident report should be filed as soon as you are able. When you do so, make sure you are not impaired by medication and your mind is clear. Provide as much information as possible about the accident. 

  3. Seek Medical Attention

    Your doctor, emergency medical personnel, or the medical officer on board your ship should be consulted immediately. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it's important to get checked out as they may worsen and become very serious. Make sure you document everything - it's crucial to keep proof of all treatments you receive on your ship. Request diagnostic tests if needed. Even if the injury is not immediately life-threatening, you should not stay on duty.

  4. Consult a Jones Act Attorney

    Seek legal help if you are unsure of who caused the accident or feel coerced into accepting an unfair settlement. Maritime workers may be pressured to take responsibility for accidents caused by negligence on the part of their employers.

For a more in-depth guide on filing Jones Act claims, see our article: 7 Steps to File a Jones Act Claim | Maritime Injury Claims Process.

Our Maritime Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

The Jones Act and federal maritime laws are extremely complex. Across the nation, only a few firms and lawyers handle these challenging cases and have a record of success in helping injured mariners receive the damages they deserve.

VB Attorneys is one of the nation's leading law firms handling offshore drilling rig cases and has successfully handled multiple lawsuits against some of the largest maritime and offshore companies. Get in touch with us today and learn how we can help.