Derrick Accident Lawyers
Derricks are lifting cranes that can pivot in various directions from a base but cannot bend. A derrick is a fixed piece of equipment assembled and disassembled on site for use. In offshore work, derricks are typically used around docks and offshore drilling platforms. Many used in industrial settings are very large, and their sheer mass presents a hazard in and of itself. To ensure your best possible chance of recovering the proper amount of compensation, contact an experienced national derrick accident attorney if you or a loved one have suffered as a result of being involved in a derrick accident. We are located in Houston, but serve nationwide.
Additional hazards presented by derricks include their assembly processes. Any crane that is disassembled and reassembled could be mishandled or malfunction. For the same reason many parents will not let children ride on local fair rides that are put up and taken down over and over again, a crane can present some inherent safety risks. If you or someone you care for have suffered as a result of being involved in a derrick or any other type of crane accident, contact a derrick accident lawyer at the Daspit Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
You would hope that any company willing to put people inside its equipment would maintain the strictest standards of safety, but the reality is that safety standards can easily fall by the wayside. When someone fails to properly maintain heavy machinery and another gets hurt, negligence is the basis of an offshore injury and or accident case.
Unbalanced loads, improper loading, loading accidents, and operator error are other hazards derrick workers may be exposed to while on the job. The risk for severe injury or death is high, and some accident victims may have a difficult time obtaining the compensation they deserve.
Proving Liability in a Derrick Accident
Companies are responsible for providing their workers with reasonably safe work environments, adequate training, and informing them about foreseeable hazards. When companies fail to meet their end of the bargain, manufacturers supply faulty parts, or workers ignore their training, the risk of accident and injuries increases.
After a derrick accident, it is important that any injured worker document as much of about the incident as possible. Although you may believe your company is honorable, the reality is that insurance companies and key individuals may view your set of circumstances differently. If you are not getting the compensation you deserve to cover an accident that could have been prevented, it may be time to contact an experienced derrick accident attorney.
Obtaining Compensation after a Derrick Accident
Derrick workers are considered seamen when they are engaged in offshore activities. As such these workers are protected under maritime law. After any injury, an employer is responsible for providing all seamen with maintenance and cure – compensation to cover daily living expenses and medical treatment. If a worker can prove negligence was a factor in the accident, then he or she may also be able to file a claim against the liable party under the Jones Act.
The Jones Act provides an outlet for seamen to hold their employers or crew members accountable in negligence-based accidents. Under the act, employees may gain compensation to cover the costs of past and future lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, and more. A qualified national derrick accident lawyer can outline your rights under this law.
Our Derrick Accident Attorneys Help Derrick Workers
The Daspit Law Firm employs experienced maritime attorneys familiar with the daily operations on offshore derricks. We relentlessly pursue justice on behalf of our clients and offer a personal relationship with the attorney handling a case. We want to be there for any injured workers whenever they need us, which is why we offer around-the-clock assistance and are willing to travel to work on a case. Clients are never charged fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation.
To learn more about your legal options after a derrick accident, contact our firm for a free case review. We can help you determine if a legal claim is a viable option for you and how to take the next step.