An offshore worker who was injured while working on an offshore oil rig off the Louisiana coast has filed suit in federal court. The case is being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The man states he was attempting to board a nearby supply vessel which had been moored to the oil rig in a “man basket” at the time of the incident, resulting in physical injury.
The man states he suffered head, back and other injuries in the incident. The cause of the suit is given as negligence and the damages requested total over $75,000. Two companies are named as defendants in the suit, one a boat service and the other an oil and gas exploration company, both based out of Texas. The incident occurred on an oil platform located on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.
In workplace injury cases, an attorney may assist by analyzing company safety protocols and training given to employees to prevent injuries and accidents. The attorney might subpoena and obtain depositions from witnesses, including investigative personnel and emergency responders, as well as medical records to assess the severity and type of injuries and the prognosis for recovery. If a decision is made to forego filing for workers’ compensation, or if the injury is caused by a defective product or a non-employer third party, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Damages sought may include compensation for lost wages, medical treatment on an emergency and ongoing basis, any surgeries or special equipment required by the client, and reimbursement for rehabilitative or other expenses. An attorney can determine the remedies that may be available.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Offshore worker sues for injuries allegedly received in accident while being lowered in basket”, Kyle Barnett, Feb. 23, 2015