Offshore and Maritime Injury and Death

Rayville Maritime Injury Attorney: Protecting Offshore Workers

Oilfields are inherently hazardous work environments, often fraught with numerous dangers that can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities. High-pressure lines, heavy equipment, complex machinery, dangerous chemicals, and often challenging weather conditions make offshore workplaces among the world's most dangerous. 

At the Law Offices of Damon D. Kervin, we understand firsthand what workers and their families can experience in the wake of workplace accidents and injuries. Attorney Kervin is committed to providing you with the comprehensive legal services you need when affected by injuries and wrongful deaths. As a highly qualified and successful personal injury attorney, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and court verdicts for clients since 2003. 

Contact Rayville's Leading Maritime Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation via our online form or by calling (318) 269-7443.

Understanding the Risks in Offshore & Maritime Occupations

Offshore and maritime environments expose workers to high risk for injuries, including catastrophic injuries that can result in permanent disability and fatalities, leaving family survivors struggling with emotional and financial trauma. 

These environments include offshore drilling and production, commercial fishing, offshore oil rigs, remote offshore locations on the high seas, marine vessels, maritime war risk zones, and shipyards. 

Accidents that can occur in these workplaces can include but are not limited to: 

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: These are one of the most common types of accidents in maritime environments. They can occur due to slippery surfaces, uneven decks, or bad weather conditions. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe fractures and head injuries.
  • Overboard Incidents: This is a severe accident that can result in drowning, hypothermia, or being struck by the vessel. Factors contributing to falling overboard may include rough seas, lack of safety equipment, and inadequate training or procedures.
  • Explosions and Fires at Sea: Flammable substances like oil and gas are often present in offshore environments, increasing the risk of fires and explosions. These incidents can cause catastrophic injuries, loss of life, and significant property damage.
  • Heavy Equipment and Machinery Accidents: Offshore and maritime work often involves heavy machinery and equipment, which can malfunction or be improperly operated, leading to accidents. These can result in crush injuries, amputations, and fatalities.
  • Commercial Diving Hazards: Commercial diving is a high-risk activity often associated with offshore work. Divers can face risks such as decompression sickness, oxygen toxicity, and drowning.
  • Hazardous Substance Exposure: Workers can be exposed to various hazardous substances, including chemicals and gases used in drilling and cleaning. This can lead to health issues like skin irritation, respiratory problems, and long-term illnesses.
  • Maritime Vessel Collisions: Collisions between vessels or between a ship and a stationary object can cause serious injuries and damage. Causes can include poor visibility, miscommunication, and navigational errors.
  • Crane and Lifting Equipment Mishaps: Cranes and other lifting equipment are commonly used offshore and can cause accidents if they fail or are improperly used. These incidents can result in workers being struck by falling objects, crushed, or thrown overboard.
  • Confined Space Dangers: Offshore and maritime workers often work in confined spaces, increasing the risk of accidents due to lack of oxygen, exposure to toxic gases, or fires and explosions.

Many of these accidents can be prevented through proper training, use of safety equipment, and adherence to safety protocols.

Damages for Offshore & Maritime Injuries or Death

Victims of offshore and maritime accidents may receive personal injury compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future loss of earnings. When an accident has led to the tragic loss of life, the surviving family members may pursue claims for wrongful death. Compensation in these cases can cover funeral and burial costs, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. 

However, dealing with offshore companies and their insurers can be complex and taxing. These entities often possess substantial resources and will do their utmost to minimize any payout. Having a knowledgeable and experienced Rayville attorney by your side can be instrumental in successfully navigating this challenging terrain. 

A lawyer can protect your rights, help evaluate the full extent of your damages, and aggressively negotiate on your behalf in search of the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. 

At the Law Offices of Damon D. Kervin, we have the skills and experience to stand up to these powerful corporations. We are unswayed by their tactics and relentless in our pursuit of your best interests. Our commitment is to our clients, and we rigorously seek justice on your behalf. If you or a loved one have been affected by an offshore or maritime accident, we are here to help. You pay no fees unless we recover compensation.

Call (318) 269-7443 or contact us online to discuss your case.

Why Choose Law Offices of Damon D. Kervin?

What Makes Us Different
  • We Bring More Than 20 Years of Experience to Our Legal Practice
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