Diamond Offshore Accident Lawyers
$20+ Billion Won by Our Offshore Injury Law Firm
Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. was incorporated on April 12, 1989, filed for bankruptcy in April 2020, and by the following year had completed Chapter 11 proceedings. This company provides contracted drilling services to deepwater drilling locations around the world, securing contracts with some of the largest oil companies in the world. Many of its operations have included work with Anadarko Petroleum/Oxy, Petrobras, Hess Corporation, and BP. Headquartered in Houston, Diamond Offshore also has offices in Brazil, the U.K., Australia, and Singapore.
Diamond Offshore owns 12 drilling rigs, 8 of which are semi-submersibles and 4 that are dynamically positioned drillships. Semi-submersible rigs work in water that is too deep for fixed structures to drill from. They seek to provide stability via submerged pontoons and structural columns that allow the deck to be raised high above the ocean's surface. Dynamically positioned drillships have a set of propellers and thrusters that are controlled by a computer system. This system maintains the rig's stability by continually monitoring conditions and adjusting the thrusters and propellers accordingly. These systems allow ships to drill at deeper water than previously possible.
Diamond Offshore & Safety Violations
Offshore drilling is a dangerous industry. As Jones Act lawyers, we at Arnold & Itkin know that offshore accidents are preventable and that companies are obligated to protect their workers. When a worker is injured or killed, it's often a result of company negligence. Some recent Diamond Offshore accidents include:
- In September 2019, a worker suffered life-threatening injuries while working on an offshore drilling rig off the coast of Australia. Equipment failure had caused a drill to fall on the worker. Australian officials faulted Diamond Offshore for not properly monitoring equipment, as the wire rope snake broke because it was not within safe working limits.
- A man was injured in September 2018 after he fell while working on a Diamond Offshore rig named Ocean Apex. Reports say the worker suffered leg injuries as a result of the fall.
- In August 2017, a man was injured due to heavy lifting on a Diamond Offshore rig. The seaman suffered injuries to his back from the incident, which required surgery.
- In 2011, Arnold & Itkin represented a man who was injured while working on a rig just outside of Brazil. We were able to successfully win a $4.9 million verdict for our client in this important case.
- Arnold & Itkin represented a Diamond Offshore employee who was hit on the head while working on a company rig.
Proven Results for Offshore Workers
The Diamond Offshore accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin understand what is at stake when tragedy strikes. Injuries that occur during oil exploration are painful and often take years to recover. Even worse, these injuries often rob workers of their only income and lifelong careers while bills continue to pile up. We have a history of verdicts and settlements that have given support and stability to people who need help the most.