Offshore Accident Lawyers
Martime accidents demand a firm with extensive experience.
At Williams Kherkher, our offshore accident attorneys have built a reputation for tenaciously fighting on behalf of workers who have been injured due to the especially dangerous conditions on rigs and ships in the Gulf of Mexico. We are very aware of the specific dangers that workers face and the dangerous conditions that maritime employers often require you to work in.
As an employee in one of the most dangerous industries in the nation, you deserve to be protected from harm. In the event of an injury, you deserve the proper compensation to help you recover and move on with your life. While other firms may claim that they have experience, not all of them are as connected to offshore workers as the team at Williams Kherkher. Founding partner John Eddie Williams’ father and grandfather were union longshoremen, and the entire team at Williams Kherkher is dedicated to protecting workers in our community.
If you have been injured in an oil rig explosion, rig accident, or ship accident, you need a lawyer that understands the very complex and specific rules of maritime law. You also need someone who is committed to fighting the big companies that run the oil and gas industry in the Gulf. Why turn to an apathetic or inexperienced lawyer, when you can hire an experienced trial lawyer who is not afraid of a fight?
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
When you have been involved in an offshore accident, there is a large body of maritime law that applies to your claim. In order to file a claim that will get you the compensation you deserve, there needs to be a lot of investigation about the injury and a lot of legal work like filing court documents at a court with proper jurisdiction. If you have limited knowledge about the law and are suffering from horrible, debilitating injuries, it can make it almost impossible to get compensation.
Having an attorney that is experienced in handling similar types of cases will ensure that you will get the best outcome possible. Having a lawyer represent your interests and craft an effective legal strategy to handle your case can mean the difference between getting compensation or getting no compensation at all to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and any other expenses incurred due to the injury.
Why Choose Williams Kherkher?
At Williams Kherkher, we are nationally recognized for our work in personal injury litigation across the country. With our vast amount of resources and experience handling cases similar to yours, we have earned a reputation for successful representation that has won millions of dollars in compensation for their clients.
While other firms may claim that they have experience, not all of them are as connected to offshore workers as the team at Williams Kherkher, as our founding partner John Eddie Williams’ father and grandfather were union longshoremen. The entire team at Williams Kherkher is dedicated to protecting workers in our community.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in an offshore accident, contact our team at Williams Kherkher to receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
Cases We Handle
The Jones Act is a federal law that allows offshore employees to recover damages from their employers for on-the-job injuries caused by negligence. If your employer has been negligent and made you work unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to compensation.
Some offshore accidents that occur due to employer negligence include:
- Fires and Explosions: Offshore drilling is a lucrative business, but it is not without equally significant dangers. Drilling is of a combustible nature and can easily cause fires or explosions that can cause devastating and often deadly injuries. Negligence in this field can be poorly maintained pipelines, improperly stored fuel, or accidents between two vessels.
- Equipment Related Injuries: Drilling involves a lot of complex equipment that poses hazards if mishandled. The complexity of this work coupled with poorly trained employees can result in horrible accidents. If your employer has trained you incorrectly or not enough on the use of dangerous equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Improperly maintained equipment can also be a form of negligence by your employer.
These types of injuries can be caused by other distracted employees, improper training/equipment provided by your employers, and many other preventable reasons. If you have been a victim of an injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact a lawyer for help today.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime or offshore accident, you are entitled to compensation. Contact Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640 today to schedule your free case evaluation. Learn about your rights and your options going forward with your maritime accident claim. Make sure you get the best representation possible to get the best outcome for your case. Chat with us online, text us, or call us. Our attorneys are ready to help you.
Accidents in the Gulf
You deserve the best possible representation.
Unpredictable conditions, long hours, and dangerously heavy equipment are major causes of serious injuries to offshore workers. Unfortunately, we have seen workers suffer lifelong disabilities that severely affect their income and livelihood. We have experience with accidents including (but not limited to):
- Diving accidents
- Helicopter crashes
- Equipment failure
- Distracted crew members
- Boat accidents
- Safety regulation failure
Following an accident, the first question many workers ask is “Do I need to hire an attorney?” If there is an injury, the answer is almost always “Yes”. With an experienced maritime lawyer on your side, you can protect yourself from an employer or insurance company that is only interested in protecting themselves, and may be looking to take advantage of you. The team at Williams Kherkher is dedicated to fighting on your behalf and will not rest until you receive the fair compensation that you deserve following an accident.
When the stakes are high, don’t trust anyone else
If you have been seriously injured or if a member of your family has been injured or killed as a result of an offshore accident, know that the attorneys of Williams Kherkher stand ready to help you. When dealing with large oil and gas corporations or huge insurance companies, you need a law firm with the right resources and history of trial victories on your side. We aren’t afraid of taking on big companies and we have the experience to back it up. Contact us today at (888) 220-0640 and let us fight for you, your family, and your livelihood.
Offshore Injury FAQs
The Jones Act offers specific protections for maritime employees, including the right to a reasonably safe work environment, the right to file a legal claim in the event of an injury caused by negligence, the right to additional compensation if there is an “unseaworthy” claim against the vessel or crew, the right to “maintenance and cure” compensation for injuries or illness, and the right to additional compensation if your employer fails to pay for maintenance and cure.
Injured offshore workers have special protections under the Jones Act, which can cover many different accidents including those on: oil rigs, drill ships, oil tankers, riverboats, trawlers, barges, tugboats, and others. The specifics of the Jones Act protections are different from personal injury claims on land, which is why it is recommended that you speak to an experienced maritime lawyer who understands how to properly handle your claim.