Offshore Oil Rig Accident Lawyer Lafayette
Louisiana Offshore Oil Rig Accident Attorney
The law firm of Joseph Joy & Associates represents oil and gas workers who have been injured in offshore and inland waterway accidents, related to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. We also represent family members of oil and gas workers who have been killed. Louisiana maritime attorney Joseph “Buzzy” Joy has thirty two years of experience representing workers who have been seriously hurt in offshore oil rig accidents. These cases, which are sometimes called Jones Act, admiralty or general maritime cases, include:
- Jack-up, drilling rig & platform injuries
- Boat and vessel injuries
- Diver injuries
- Helicopter injuries
If you have been injured in any type of offshore accident or a drilling rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico, 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 floating oil rigs or jack-ups. 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 hurt in an offshore accident and the company doctor says that you don’t need medical attention, call offshore injury lawyer Joseph “Buzzy” Joy immediately. The employer’s doctor is likely to be biased against you and in favor of your employer, so it is important that you also have your own treating physician. We will make sure that you get the medical care and the compensation you deserve.
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. If you do not recover, we do not get a fee.
About Your Attorney
Louisiana offshore oil and maritime 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, vessels, and all types of 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 maritime 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 rig accident attorney Joseph “Buzzy” Joy for a free case evaluation.
Louisiana offshore oil 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.