In April 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon, a massive oil rig owned by Transocean Ltd., in Houston and leased to BP PLC. The accident took place as the rig was drilling about 52 miles southeast of Venice, La., in 5,000 feet of water. Most of the 126-member crew escaped from the burning oil rig but at least seven suffered critical injuries and early reports indicated 11 crew members were missing.
Maritime workers including offshore workers who work on jack-up rigs, barges, drill ships, crew boats or other movable vessels are covered by the Jones Act. The federal law recognizes the dangerous work conditions that maritime workers face offshore and allows workers and their families to bring legal actions based on claims of negligence and to recover damages for injuries.
If you have been injured in an oil rig or other maritime accident, our goal is ensure you get the compensation and benefits you deserve.
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