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Offshore Oil Rig Injury Lawyer Wins Time and Again

Oct 12, 2007
Offshore oil rig injury lawyers are tallying up the wins against large businesses that believe they can sneak under the radar and shirk their Jones Act obligations. Of course, in doing so these companies lose more money as they are forced to shell out compensatory damages as well as attorneys fees on top of the settlement or award figure, but they keep trying to blow off their obligations nonetheless. Why? Because the Jones Act leaves a few doors open to large businesses, it is not a blanket policy that covers every incident under every circumstance.

If big businesses believe they are in exception from the Jones Act, they are likely to follow through with negative compensation for injured workers. This notion in the hands of an opposing offshore oil rig injury attorney is like feeding chum to sharks. It is reprehensible the lengths that big businesses will go to in order to avoid having to shell out medical or funeral expenses in the event of an injury. Offshore oil rig injury cases can be cited over the last ten years that illustrate this point vividly.

Oil companies are in this business to profit, and people and their safety and health simply get in the way of higher profits. Every corner that can be cut, especially rising insurance costs due to injury, is cut with a vengeance, and anyone who tries to get their due without the assistance of a lawyer is going to have a serious uphill battle on their hands. Luckily, the resources are available to those in need with a simple call to a competent offshore oil rig injury lawyer.

One of the biggest mistakes many injured workers make in dealing with their lawsuit is not calling their attorney fast enough. During the time that the injured party is directly communicating with the insurance company and their own company, people are collecting information which can easily be misconstrued into something totally different than its original intention.

This is a long practiced ploy by insurance companies so that by the time an attorney gets involved, they feel as though they have gathered enough personal information to really shove their responsibilities away. Fortunately for the injured party, these techniques do not work well in the face of an offshore oil rig injury case.

An offshore oil rig injury lawsuit is far from a walk in the park. Yet highly skilled and competent attorneys are usually able to shield their clients from much of the stress while still keeping them informed. The job of the injured party is to get better to the best of their ability. This becomes a much more difficult task when the insurance company is shoving its muscle around and creating high levels of stress.

In nearly every case that starts with a cooperative injured party and culminates in the court room, the insurance company involved tossed around muscle and quietly bullied clients with subtle threats of improper treatment and short term benefits. This, of course, is actually illegal, although very difficult for even the best of the offshore oil rig injury lawyers to prove.

There have been several recorded offshore oil rig injury cases that were able to not only force their entitlement to collection of medical benefits and lost wages, but an additional lawsuit was filed against the insurance company involved for their threatening and illegal tactics. This is a rare event, but the simple precedent does put insurance companies on notice, if you're going to use bully tactics which are illegal you will run the risk of an additional lawsuit and further compensation awards.

There is no joy in finding oneself hurt, either superficially or seriously, after an accident on an offshore oil rig. There is no enjoyment of the fear that sets in when one realizes that they are far enough offshore that their injury may actually cost them their life. There is no happiness in realizing that the loss of a limb, mobility, self care, or independence is a stark reality. The joy of winning an offshore oil rig injury lawsuit is rather hollow in comparison to a healthy and functioning body.

While an attorney can never replace the health that was the normal condition before the accident, they can certainly at least help provide for the family's financial needs to relieve the stress of the lost ability to work. Compensation can never alleviate the frustration of giving up the activities that brought one joy and the strength of body and security that health gives us. It can only provide a new means of financial footing while hopefully providing closure for the injured party at the same time.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on cases involving maritime injury, maritime contracts, and the Jones Act Law. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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