Offshore Accident and Injury Attorneys in Houston, Texas
At the Nava Law Group, our Houston offshore accident lawyers understand what it takes to make the oil, petroleum, and gas industry operate at maximum capacity throughout Texas.
Since Texas has 3,359 miles of gulf coast shoreline, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our offshore oil production is one of the tops in the nation.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Gulf of Mexico area, both onshore and offshore, is one of the most important regions for energy resources and infrastructure. Gulf of Mexico federal offshore oil production accounts for 15% of total U.S. crude oil production. Over 47% of total U.S. petroleum refining capacity is located along the Gulf coast, as well as 51% of total U.S. natural gas processing plant capacity.
With these important resources right outside our door, the oil and natural gas industry supported more than 2.5 million total jobs throughout Texas last year alone.
Undoubtedly, many of these jobs are inherently dangerous occupations located on commercial vessels, docks, ports, drilling platforms, and oil rigs. That means accidents, injuries, and fatalities are all tragically common in offshore oil jobs through Texas.
Whether our clients are mechanics or roughnecks, electricians or tool pushers, on barges, fixed platforms, floating production systems, or drill ships, or serve in any occupation or location in between, if they have been hurt or lost a loved one in an offshore accident in Texas, our Houston personal injury lawyers are here to help with their recovery.
A lot of things can go wrong in Texas offshore industries. We can help your case go right and hold the liable parties responsible for the financial compensation you deserve. Call us now to learn more.
What are the Most Common Causes of Texas Offshore Accidents, Injuries & Fatalities?
Unfortunately, employer negligence is one of the most common causes of accidents, injuries, and fatalities for those who work offshore in Texas.
No matter the title of the individual, or the company he or she is employed with, the employer has a duty to maintain a safe working environment and to protect them from preventable hazards.
When safety oversights lead to dangerous conditions in any offshore position, they can endanger the lives of hundreds of employees.
Some of the most common Texas offshore accidents, injuries, and fatalities causes include:
- Accidents While at Port
- Basket Transfer Accidents
- Cable Accidents
- Continuing Work During Hazardous Weather Conditions
- Crushed by or Against an Object
- Defective Drilling Rigs, Wellheads, and Other Machinery
- Deficiencies in Process Safety Management
- Diving Accidents
- Dropped Objects including Piping, Lights, Tools, and Rigging
- Drowning Accidents
- Dynamic Positioning Vessel Accidents
- Electrical Shock or Electrocutions
- Employing Subcontractors Who are Inadequately Trained or Supervised
- Equipment Failure
- Failure to Follow Industry Regulations or Company Safety Procedures
- Falls from Heights
- Gas Leaks
- Heavy Equipment Collapses
- Hoisting Equipment Accidents
- Human Error or Negligence
- Improperly Designed or Installed Safety Features
- Mooring Line Accidents
- Offloading Accidents
- Offshore Crane Accidents
- Offshore Drilling Accidents
- Outdated Industrial Equipment
- Rushing Jobs and Failing to Perform Necessary Hazard Analysis
- Ship Accident
- Slips and Falls
- Structural Damage to the Rig
- Underwater Welding Accidents
- Vessel Collisions
There is a distinct set of laws that apply to the offshore industry, no matter what position or company the employee or contractor works for, called Maritime Law.
It includes state and federal statutes, common law principles, and international treaties that do not apply to land-based personal injury cases. Our skilled offshore accident and injury attorneys in Houston, Texas have extensive experience protecting the rights of those who work in this important industry. We can help you and your family pursue the negligent party — or combination of parties — that caused your injuries or the death of your loved one today, starting with a free consultation.
Contact us now to learn more about your legal rights and options to file a claim.
At the Nava Law Group, P.C., our Houston Personal Injury Attorneys Also Focus on the Following Practice Areas:
What are the Most Common Types of Texas Offshore Accident Injuries?
There is nothing common about getting hurt while working in the offshore industry in Texas. However, there are common injuries that occur to individuals who work in these important roles.
They may include, but are not limited to:
- Blunt Force Trauma from Being Struck by a Falling Object
- Broken Bones
- Burn Injuries
- Crushed By or Against an Object
- Eye Injuries Caused by Flying Debris
- Inhalation & Exposure to Dangerous Gases and Substances
- Loss of Hearing Caused by Consistent Loud Noises or Blasts
- Neck Injuries
- Scarring & Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
When offshore accidents occur in Texas, they are rarely preceded by a warning. Typically, they happen without notice, and the results are catastrophic. If you or someone you love has been injured in an offshore accident, contact the Nava Law Group’s skilled personal injury lawyers in Houston today for help.
Dedicated Offshore Accident, Injury, and Fatality Attorneys in Houston, Texas
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an offshore accident in Texas — no matter their position or their employer — contact our experienced Harris County personal injury attorneys at the Nava Law Group today by calling (713) 218-2424 to discuss the details of your injuries or loss to learn how we can help investigate your case during a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Offshore Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas
What Maritime Laws Apply to My Texas Offshore Accident Case?
Depending on your specific job, and which offshore location you were in when the accident occurred, there are multiple federal maritime laws that may apply to your case.
The most common maritime laws that apply to offshore injuries and fatal accidents in Texas include:
What Happens if I Lose a Loved One in an Offshore Accident in Texas?
The on-the-job fatality rate in the oil and gas industry is seven times higher than any other occupation in the U.S., according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If you have lost a loved one in an offshore accident in Texas, there may be multiple parties that are liable for your family’s financial recovery. We can help you sort through the legal details, so you can focus on grieving while we prepare your case under the applicate state and federal laws that will produce results.
What Type of Damages Can I Pursue During a Texas Offshore Accident and Injury Claim?
Common financial recovery options for offshore accident and injury claims may include current and future medical treatment costs, lost wages and/or loss of future working capacity, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.
For eligible family members who have lost a relative who produced the primary source of income, they may seek damages for loss of consortium and companionship in addition to the loss of household income.
What Happens if I am Injured by Someone Other than My Texas Employer?
Since there are so many moving parts to the offshore industry, it would not be surprising to learn that your injury or the loss of your loved one was caused by someone other than your employer. If that is true, you may be eligible to file a third-party personal injury claim while pursuing your employer for their potential role in the accident. No matter who is responsible for your maritime accident and injuries, we can help.