Offshore Drilling Rig Accident Injury Lawyer in Lafayette
Louisiana Offshore Drilling Rig Accident Attorney
The law firm of Joseph Joy & Associates represents oil and gas workers who have been injured in drilling rig accidents in the Gulf of Mexico. We also represent family members of oil and gas rig workers who have been killed.
Drilling rigs and other offshore structures in the Gulf of Mexico present many dangers for oil and gas workers due to a hostile environment and a small work area. Maritime lawyer Joseph “Buzzy” Joy has more than 35 years of experience representing workers who have been seriously hurt by:
- Negligence – unsafe place to work
- Cable or block breaks
- Slip and fall accidents
- Grating giving way
- Pipe tongs slipping
- Catheads slipping or not being placed properly on piping or tubing
- Falling objects
- Equipment operating negligence
- Other types of drilling rig accidents
If you have been injured on a jack-up rig or floating rig, or while being transferred to the rig from a boat, you may be covered by a special law known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides special protection to workers on boats and other types of vessels such as jack-up and/orfloating oil rigs. If you and your lawyer can prove that your employer was negligent (that is, provided an unsafe place to work), then you can recover compensation for pain, suffering, and disability. You can also recover full wages lost due to the accident. Under the Jones Act, any injured person who is not offered fair compensation by an employer can have his or her case decided by a jury. This can be beneficial because jury members should have much more in common with an injured worker than with the oil and gas company and its insurance carrier.
If you have been injured on a fixed platform, your case is covered by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which deems fixed oil platforms an island of the contiguous state. In this event, your injury would be covered by the workers’ compensation laws of the nearest state. If the injury is caused by a third party, such as a negligent contractor or equipment manufacturer, you could also file a lawsuit against the third party. If you have been hurt in an offshore accident, contact maritime and admiralty lawyer Joseph “Buzzy” Joy as soon as possible to make sure you get the medical care and the compensation you need. The law firm of Joseph Joy & Associates represents injured oil and gas workers on a contingency fee basis, which means that we earn attorney fees only if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.
About Your Attorney
Louisiana offshore oil rig accident lawyer Joseph “Buzzy” Joy attended Mississippi State University on a Southeastern Conference football scholarship and received another scholarship to attend Loyola Law School in New Orleans. During the summers, he worked as a technician on various fixed offshore oil platforms and land rigs. He also worked as a deck hand aboard a 160-foot offshore supply boat. As a result, Mr. Joy has first-hand experience of the risks faced by offshore oil and gas workers. He also has a good understanding of why accidents happen and who is liable.
In 1980, Mr. Joy made legal history in Louisiana in a back injury case when he proved that 135 pounds was too heavy for a seaman to handle without assistance. This was the first case of its kind where the singular theory of recovery for the injured worker was that 135 pounds was too heavy for a Jones act seaman to handle alone.
Contact Louisiana offshore oil drilling rig accident attorney Joseph “Buzzy” Joy for a free case evaluation.
Louisiana offshore oil drilling rig accident attorney Joseph “Buzzy” Joy serves clients in all of Louisiana, including Lafayette, Lake Charles, Morgan City, Opelousas, Carencro, Crowley, Jennings, Welsh, Broussard, New Iberia, Patterson, Berwick, and Morgan City.