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Can I File a Lawsuit for
a Jack-Up Rig Accident?

A jack-up rig is a large platform which sits on the ocean floor and can move from place to place. It is often used in offshore oil and natural gas drilling operations and can be extremely complicated to operate. Injuries sustained from such a piece of equipment are not uncommon, due to its size and nature. Depending on the type of jack-up rig you were injured on, you could be covered under the Jones Act. Our firm has extensive experience handling jack-up rig claims under the Jones Act and can provide the legal counsel you need at this time.

How does the Jones Act apply to my case?

The Jones Act was created in 1920 to protect injured seamen and compensate for their suffering. In order for this act to apply to a jack-up rig accident, it would depend on whether the jack-up rig was a fixed oil platform or a mobile rig. In the past, the act only included ships, tugboats, barges, and shipping vessels, but it has evolved to include semi-submersible rigs and jack-up rigs. An offshore injury lawyer can review your case to determine what is best for you. In order to be considered a seaman who is protected under the Jones Act, you must pass a three-part test.

The eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Must be a worker on a vessel or fleet of vessels
  • The vessel must be operating on a navigable waterway
  • The worker's duties must directly further the ship's mission or function

Unlike basic workers' compensation claims, filing a claim under the Jones Act requires the victim to prove that the employer exhibited negligence or did not maintain a seaworthy vessel. An employer is required to give seamen a safe place to work and exercise reasonable caution when maintaining the overall quality of the ship. If they fail to do so and an injury results as a consequence, a Jones Act claim may be brought forward.

The injury victim may be eligible to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and any medical expenses. However, it can be difficult to prove that the injuries were a consequence of the employer's negligence, particularly if the work environment already holds a certain level of danger.

It is important to note that many employers are reluctant to give victims the compensation they need and insurance companies often try to force victims into accepting a minimum settlement. Our firm knows how challenging this time can be, which is why we're here to offer support every step of the way. Our offshore injury lawyers can take care of the details and allow you the time you need to fully recover.

Contact our firm if you believe your jack-up rig accident injuries may qualify you to file a Jones Act claim.

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