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Offshore Oil Rig Injury Lawsuits Grab Lawmaker Attention

Oct 12, 2007
Offshore oil rig injury lawsuits are catching the attention of lawmakers in Washington. The Jones Act was put in place to protect those who risk their lives in the treacherous waters of the oceans and waterways around the world. The rules of the Jones act are complicated and carry restrictions, and thus there are ample companies who feel they are exempt from the obligations of the Jones Act.

Some companies are in purposeful violation of this safe guard, relying on being just under the limit of American sailors or other restriction which make them exempt from the requirements and obligations. Of course, lawmakers can do nothing to enforce a law that they initially wrote with such exemptions.

However, the law is fluid, and offshore oil rig injury lawyers are making large gains on behalf of the average worker to ensure that they are receiving proper benefits under these laws. Any good offshore oil rig injury lawyer will be able to explain how the restriction may affect a personal case, but the basics of the law are clear. Accidents and injury on the offshore oil rigs are almost unavoidable, and when they happen they can be very dramatic. Almost every accident should have a lawyer to review the case and to ensure that obligations of the company are being met.

These types of cases are very personal to those who are injured. A life of service to any company that is willing to put someone through test after test and doctor after doctor to verify that they are even telling the truth to begin with is insulting. Having to fight a lawsuit just to get the basic medical needs met is highly insulting.

Lawmakers are concerned with the validation of the workers' rights while offshore oil rig injury lawyers are concerned with their rights as well as their overall wellbeing. Just like workers' compensation claims, there will always be one or two bad eggs who fabricate injury for some "free" pay, but the majority should not have to suffer because of this small and unworthy percentage.

Rather, attorneys are finding more and more companies claiming that they do not fall under the Jones Act requirements when in reality they do. If the worker never inquires with an attorney, the likelihood of them ever realizing the scope of their rights is marginal. Lawmakers are aware of this as well and are passing tighter laws for companies who claim to be outside the scope of the Jones Act.

These types of lawsuits take about a year to complete after filing. When you're talking about the quality of someone's life and their health, this is a long time for their world to be left in limbo. For an offshore oil rig injury lawyer to be able to pull together a viable lawsuit in less than a year would be a serious achievement, yet they do understand that while these issues are tied up in court there is an injured worker who likely isn't getting any better and who isn't financially surviving.

This makes cases a test of endurance for some clients. With no other alternative but to wait it out and try to accomplish the task of recovery, many clients find themselves frustrated, and rightfully angered by the process itself. It takes an exceptional attorney to be able to understand the unique needs of every client and to be able to perform the appropriate services for each client on an individual basis. Lawsuits are unique to each client, and no two fall under identical parameters.

Many offshore oil rig injury cases could be avoided if clients simply knew their rights and expressed their knowledge of their rights at the time of injury. However, the laws regarding the Jones Act are complex and without complete understanding of the laws, injured workers find that understanding these laws without professional interpretation is very difficult.

At the same time, lawmakers are continuously scrutinizing the laws and determining how to best serve the needs of both parties. As long as companies continue to deny their injured workers their basic rights, these types of lawsuits will continue to be fought and won in court rooms across America. Until these battles are won, injured workers have issues to cope with that will forever be unfair and undeserving.
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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