Who do we work with every day to help make their lives better? Hard working people just like you, that’s who.
If you’re a captain, you likely love your work and have been doing it for many, many years. You also likely don’t want to file a claim and instead just want to go back to work. The unfortunate reality is that filing a claim may be your best option. However, filing a claim doesn’t mean the end of your career.
Crane operator injuries are usually caused in one of two ways. The crane itself may malfunction, or more likely, the crane operator is injured doing work outside of the crane.
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- The Top Fifteen Causes of Shipyard Crane Accidents
- Preventing Offshore Crane Accidents
If you’re a deckhand, you should ask yourself the following question: can you go to another company and pass a physical? If you answer no or hesitate, chances are that you need to start thinking about your future outside of your company. Your injury is likely serious enough that you should not continue working right now and need to look at other options. Many of our deckhand clients feel better after they accept this and focus instead on creating a good case that will provide for their future.
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As a driller, you’re going to face issues that other low ranking positions won’t. Primarily, the company will try to blame you since you were the “man in charge”.
- Why drilling rig floors can cause injuries to seamen and oil rig workers
- Drilling Rig Injury Made Me Stressed and Nearly Homeless
- How Offshore Drilling Co. Negligence is Defined under Jones Law
- Many Drilling Companies Are Very “Un-American”
Often referred to as the “backbone of the rig”, floorhands do most of the physical labor and are most likely to suffer an injury compared to other positions on the rig.
As a senior ranking rig worker, you will face the difficult decision as to whether you should stop working after your injury. You’re very well paid and usually are the last ones to stop work after a serious injury. Many OIMs believe that if they file a claim, they’ll never be able to work offshore again. This is not true at all.
Roustabouts often don’t realize that their injury was caused by procedures done improperly. Even though you follow the procedures as “normal”, that doesn’t mean those procedures were the proper way to do things.
As a toolpusher, you made anywhere from $100,000 up to $300,000 or more offshore. Because of this, you’ll have a significant lost wage claim if you can’t go back to work. This is something your company is well aware of and will strongly convince you to go back to work so they don’t have to pay your lost wages.
Injuries they have suffered:
- Brain injuries
- back injuries
- neck injuries
- knee injuries
- shoulder injuries
- foot and hand injuries
- emotional injuries
Things they value:
- Their jobs and careers
- their health
- their families
- their futures
How they feel before they hire us:
Worried, unsure what to do, and often guilty for having to take action against their company.
How they want to feel:
In control, confident they are doing the right thing, and important and dependable to their families.
Maritime Attorneys Since 1993
We’ve had the privilege of guiding maritime workers through their injuries for a long time and have seen from the inside how much these injuries affected our clients’ lives. Our experience allows us to get the best possible outcomes for our clients so they can move forward with their lives. Learn more about our experience.