Oil Spills Cause Offshore Injuries
When working on oil rigs and platforms, offshore workers constantly face the grave potential of sustaining a serious job-related injury. Whether aboard a ship, towboat, rig, crew boat, jack-up rig, or commercial maritime vessel, the type of labor that is regularly demanded of these workers can often be dangerous, putting them in the way of harm.
Complications & Illnesses Caused by Offshore Oil Spills
In addition to typical workplace injuries such as slip and falls, a very serious danger that offshore workers have faced in recent years is the potential complications and illnesses associated with offshore oil spills. After the oil spill in the Gulf Coast erupted in 2010, countless people spent hours of their time trying to remedy the situation. Despite their best efforts, the death and injury toll was high. In the end, 1,753 injuries and illnesses were sustained in the process.
Oil Workers & Civilians Are Affected by Oil Spills
Not just offshore oil workers are endangered by oil spills. Civilians living in the vicinity of these widespread spills can also be affected. It’s important that you know the symptoms of oil spill-related illnesses if you live in an area where an oil spill occurred. It is also important that you know about your legal rights.
What Types of Injuries Were Caused by the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill?
It is reported that 718 illnesses resulted from heat exhaustion, seasickness, and dehydration, while 1,035 injuries were sustained due to accidents that occurred while out on the sea. Poison control centers from 18 different states received hundreds of panicked calls, as well, from people within the Gulf Coast region who complained about headaches, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. The highest number of calls that health officials received, however, was from the state of Louisiana, where 216 offshore workers described being afflicted by these symptoms.
Know Your Legal Rights if You Have Been Injured Offshore
If you or a loved one has sustained any type of injury while working at sea, our team of experienced and highly rated lawyers can help you obtain whatever form of compensation you might be entitled to.
Whether you have been stricken with any kind of circumstantial illness, or have sustained a back injury, a fracture, or a burn injury due to an explosion, a qualified lawyer from Arnold & Itkin can review your case and help you get informed on your rights and your options. All offshore workers are protected by certain specifications of the laws, so it is important to know your rights and pursue the proper legal action.
Speak with Our Oil Spill Lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP in a Free Consultation
If you were hurt in an offshore oil spill, whether as a worker or civilian, you should discuss your case with our oil spill lawyers. Over the last 5 years, we have obtained more than $1 billion in successful verdicts and settlements. Our cases have set both national and state records. We represent clients all over the country, with cases won across the nation. We have what it takes to fight for you; we have what it takes to win.
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