More Drilling May Equal More Injuries

Almost two years after the anniversary of the BP Oil Spill, reports indicate that deep gulf drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is flourishing once again, with oil companies drilling deeper than ever before. Oil companies believe that deep fields in the Gulf of Mexico may contain enough oil to meet the United States’ energy needs for almost two years.

Although deep gulf drilling poses economic benefits, widespread deep gulf drilling also raises concerns about offshore worker safety. As seen in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill, deep gulf drilling poses even greater safety risks for offshore workers and the environment. Oil companies already have a legal responsibility to maintain safe working conditions for their workers. However, the deeper the drilling, the greater the need for oil companies to maintain adequate safety equipment and procedures.

In the event of an offshore accident, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) protects certain maritime workers who sustain injuries on the job. The statute is a workers’ compensation scheme that provides financial assistance to an injured offshore worker for his wages, reasonable medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation. The statute also protects injured workers from unjust termination or retaliation.

The field of maritime law can be a complex area or law. If you or a loved one were injured in an offshore accident, an attorney can help you analyze your maritime claims and protect your legal rights. Broussard & David has experience representing clients in admiralty and maritime cases and will work with you to obtain just compensation for your injuries. For questions, contact our attorneys at 1-888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local).