Table of Contents:
- Notable Settlements
- Oil Rig Explosion Injuries
- Oil Rig Explosion Compensation
- Major Oil Rig Explosion Incidents
- Oil Rig Accident Statistics
- Contact an Oil Rig Explosion Attorney
- Oil Rig Accident Statistics
- Additional Information
Oil rig explosions are among the most dangerous types of accidents for oil and gas employees and other maritime workers. Oil platforms are at high risk for explosions and fires — all it takes is a small spark that can cause widespread damage or even sink an entire operation. In such cases, an oil rig explosion attorney can help the victim and their families deal with the massive losses caused by the incident.
An oil rig explosion can lead to life-changing and sometimes fatal injuries for employees. Tragically, explosions can result from simple mistakes or equipment failures, and can often result in widespread damage to the environment. If you or a loved one were injured in an oil rig explosion, the attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek can help. Contact us at (832) 230-2975 for a free consultation on your legal rights.
At Pierce Skrabanek, we fight hard to deliver the highest verdict and settlement amounts for our clients. The following are a few notable case results:
Jones Act Verdict — $16.9 Million
We secured a $16.9 million verdict on behalf of a seaman who contracted pneumonia while working on a rig in the Persian Gulf. Our attorneys were able to prove that the seaman became ill after being exposed to contaminated potable water while aboard the drilling rig.
Settlement in Jones Act Case — $14 Million
Mike Pierce was one of the lead trial lawyers who helped settle a Jones Act case against Hercules Offshore two days before trial for $14 Million. The plaintiff suffered severe head and orthopedic injuries when a piece of drill pipe fell from nearly 100 feet in the air and struck him in the head.
Settlement for Injured Vessel Engineer — $2.4 Million
Our team handled a maritime case from inception to settlement, obtaining a $2.4M settlement for a severely injured vessel engineer.
Oil Rig Explosion Injuries
As you can imagine, oil rig explosion injuries can be highly severe and catastrophic. They can involve a number of different maritime injury scenarios, including:
- Injuries from falling objects
- Chemical exposure
- Lacerations and amputations
- Spine and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Many oil rig injuries can lead to paralysis, a loss of motor functioning, and other permanent conditions. Legal compensation may be needed to help the victim handle mounting medical bills and long-term care costs. Also, wrongful death issues can arise in cases when a worker has lost their life due to an oil rig explosion.
Besides physical injuries, oil rig explosions can dramatically impact the environment and economy in the surrounding areas. Explosions often involve oil spills and leaks as well, which can destroy marine life and other factors. Fishers and other local workers may lose the ability to bring in income, and legal action may be needed for them as well.
Oil Rig Explosion Compensation
Compensation through legal action may be needed to help the victim and their families deal with the losses mentioned above. While no amount of money can fully restore a victim to where they were before, a damages award can help them obtain a better quality of life after an accident.
At Pierce Skrabanek, a qualified oil rig explosion attorney can help obtain compensation for:
- Maintenance and cure (compensation for recovery after an injury)
- Medical costs
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Environmental harm and property damage
- Wrongful death expenses
Major Oil Rig Explosion Incidents
On April 20, 2010, the semi-submersible oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded, causing one of the most catastrophic oil spills in history. The rig was owned by Transocean, a large offshore drilling contractor and leased by British Petroleum, the oil and gas giant otherwise known as “BP.” The Deepwater Horizon rig was one of the largest deepwater drilling rigs ever built, measuring 396 feet long and 256 feet wide. It burned for 36 hours until a final explosion sank it.
Of the 126 crew members on board at the time, 11 died, and many more were injured. After the explosion, the oil rig spilled 60,000 barrels of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, creating an environmental and economic disaster of epic proportions.
BP has been responsible for many of the most significant environmental disasters of the last decade:
- 2004 refinery explosion killed several people and injured many others
- 2005 refinery explosion at BP’s refinery in Texas City, Texas killed 15 people and injured 170 workers
- 2006 corroded pipeline caused an oil spill in Prudhoe Bay
- 2008 and 2009 pipelines in Alaska were found ruptured, clogged, and could have caused serious explosions
BP’s actions have not only affected those injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, but they have also impacted the businesses of fishers, shrimpers, and oystermen along the gulf coast. Additionally, many businesses along the coast were left in financial ruin from the lost business due to the BP oil spill.
BP is not the only bad actor in the oil and gas industry. One day after BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion criminal fine for its role in Deepwater Horizon, another rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, demonstrating that safety continues to be a serious concern with offshore drilling. On November 16, 2012, a Black Elk Energy rig exploded, causing the deaths of two workers and injuring many more. The rig is located approximately 36 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
Oil Rig Accident Statistics
As the competition to drill for oil continues, there are mounting concerns regarding the safety of workers on oil rigs. The U.S. government recently reported that between 2001 and 2010, there were 69 documented offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reports that in 2018 alone, there were:
- 77 fires
- Three explosions
- 19 gas releases
- Six collisions
- 19 spills
Explosions can be a risk and danger in various types of accidents, especially fires and gas release incidents.
Contact an Experienced Oil Rig Explosion Attorney
The lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek have previously handled personal injury cases against BP and other oil and gas giants. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to help oil rig injury victims recover and move on toward a better life.
We provide free case evaluations and handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we win. Our consistent results have led to our induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and we have been nominated as Rising Stars by Texas Monthly. Get in touch with us at (832) 230-2975 if you need help with a claim. Taking legal action is the first step toward getting your life back on track.
Oil Rig Explosion Lawsuit FAQs
Admiralty law, also known as maritime law, is the body of law that governs offshore activities such as oil rig drilling. These laws can help protect oil rig workers in the event of a major catastrophe like an explosion.An example of such a law is the Death on the High Seas Act, which governs fatalities that occur offshore. However, such laws can be complex, and victims typically require the assistance of an oil rig explosion lawyer.
Oil rig explosions can be complex, involving severe injury to many people at one time. Additionally, the laws governing these situations can be more complicated than typical personal injury laws. An oil rig explosion attorney can help review the evidence, determine liability, and obtain the highest compensation for the victim and their families.
At Pierce Skrabanek, our oil rig explosion attorneys have direct experience dealing with large oil and manufacturing companies like BP. Call us today at (832) 230-2975 to speak with an attorney who can explain how the laws apply to your case.
If you need legal representation for other personal injury issues, feel free to view the following pages for more information:
- Houston Car Accident Lawyers
- Houston Truck Accident Lawyers
- Workplace and Scaffolding Accidents
- Maritime and Jones Act Injuries
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Injuries
For more information on Maritime and Admiralty Law, visit the following pages:
- Maintenance and Cure
- Jones Act Attorneys | Pierce Skrabanek, PLLC
- Are you a Seaman?
- Oil Rig Injuries
- Houston, TX Oil Rig Accident Attorneys
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) | Wrongful Death