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Drilling Rig Claims vs. Production Platform Claims

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Offshore oil workers who are injured in accidents may be eligible for compensation for the medical costs, lost wages, and in some cases, pain and suffering and other losses. If you have been injured on a jack-up rig, semi-submersible rig, drilling ship or tension leg platform, your case will be governed by the Jones Act. On the other hand, if you were injured on a fixed offshore oil platform on the continental shelf, your case will be governed by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. These are two distinct bodies of law that require different approaches.

You should retain an attorney with extensive experience in offshore oil injury cases and who understands the many complex legal aspects of maritime law.

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The lawyers at Spagnoletti & Co. have more than 100 years of combined experience in the field of maritime law. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars for injured people and the families of fatal accident victims. In your case, our goal will be to obtain maximum compensation for you. Spagnoletti & Co. will be your strong advocate, working diligently to obtain the best possible settlement or verdict for you.

Drilling Rig Claims vs. Production Platform Claims — Applicable Laws Are Different

A case involving an injury of the same type and severity may be handled differently, depending on whether it occurred on a mobile drilling rig or a production platform that is attached to the seabed, and other circumstances.

Mobile drilling rigs — The Jones Act covers injuries on mobile drilling rigs. Injured oil workers may be eligible for maintenance and cure benefits that cover medical costs and provide a daily stipend. If the injury occurred because the rig owner or operator was negligent or failed to provide equipment in proper working order, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Claims made under the Jones Act can often provide significantly higher compensation than a state workers' compensation claim.

Fixed offshore oil platforms — Injuries that occur on these installations will be covered by the laws of the state that is adjacent to the location of the platform. However, if the injured worker spends 30 percent or more of his time on a vessel, the worker is covered by the Jones Act.

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To learn more about the difference between drilling rig claims vs. production platform claims and how we can help you, contact Spagnoletti & Co. in Houston, Texas.

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