Oil rig platform accidents can be extremely complicated from a legal standpoint. If a worker is involved in a non-fixed platform accident, usually known as an oil rig accident, the Jones Act may apply under maritime law. However, if the accident occurs on a fixed oil platform, the Longshore and Harbor Workman’s Compensation Act (LHWCA) and general maritime law will apply.
A specialized maritime lawyer will review your claim to advise you which law is applicable for your injury. Each law provides different levels of compensation available to a worker, but both laws have a limited window in which to file your claim and begin the legal process for recovery.
Any worker involved in an oil rig platform accident, whether fixed or non-fixed, should seek independent legal advice from an oil rig platform accident attorney, specializing in not only maritime law, but in oil platform cases. This type of maritime attorney will aggressively navigate your case through the complexities of maritime law for full recovery under the law.