Oil drilling platforms and vessel oil rigs have key operational and legal differences that oil workers who have been injured onboard one of these facilities need to be aware of if they intend to pursue legal action.
In general, workers injured on a platform rig can seek redress under state law in the jurisdiction where the rig was located. Depending on the location of the rig, workers may also seek redress under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Workers injured on a vessel rig can seek redress under the Jones Act, depending on the type of vessel they were on and the type of work they were doing.
Workers’ compensation law regarding offshore oil work is complex, and workers fighting big companies need experienced legal representation. Check out this infographic from Johnson Garcia LLP to learn more about maritime injury law and how the firm can help.