May 12, 2022

Houston Offshore Accident Lawyers

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Houston Offshore Accident Lawyers

Offshore workers suffer serious injuries caused by conditions on offshore platform rigs, spar platforms, drillships, jack-up rigs, tankers, crew boats, lay barges, and other vessels. When that unfortunately happens, our firm is ready to help you or a loved one. Our offshore injury lawyers are privileged to assist injured workers and crewmen nationwide.

Our offshore accident attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP focus on offshore accidents that occur in the Gulf of Mexico, but we handle serious maritime and offshore injury cases around the country. In fact, we have handled serious personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from accidents all around the world, including the Middle East and Africa.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or tragically killed while working offshore, call us now at (866) 385-8354 for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced offshore accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights before they are jeopardized by your employer. There is no fee to speak with us, we only get paid if we win your case.

Handling Offshore Accident and Explosion Claims Throughout the Gulf of Mexico

  • Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • Help With All Types of Offshore Injuries
  • A Track Record of Success
  • No Fee Unless We Win!

Common Causes of Offshore Accidents

As our Houston offshore accident lawyers know too well, working offshore can be dangerous, often because the large corporations who operate offshore seek to maximize profits at the expense of safety.

The fatality rate for offshore workers is seven times higher than for all U.S. workers.

Common causes of offshore accidents include:

  • Helicopter crashes
  • Basket transfer injuries
  • Crewboat accidents
  • Falls from height
  • Dropped objects
  • Explosions and fires
  • Chemical burns
  • Equipment pinches and severed arms and legs
  • Slip and falls
  • Illness and disease
  • Exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals
  • Lifting injuries
  • Crane and hoisting equipment injuries
  • Collisions with rig floor equipment

Types of Offshore Facilities

The kinds of facilities where offshore injuries occur include:

  • Compliant Towers –narrow, flexible towers and a piled foundation supporting a conventional deck for drilling and production operations.
  • Drillships –self-propelled floating rigs that look like ships. Capable of operating in deepwater and move around more quickly than semis. Station-keeping is usually accomplished by dynamic positioning.
  • Fixed Platforms – built on concrete and/or steel legs anchored directly onto the seabed, supporting a deck with space for drilling rigs, production facilities and crew quarters. Immobile and designed for long-term use.
  • Floating Production Systems – large ships equipped with processing facilities and moored to a location for a long period. These include FPSOs (floating production, storage, and offloading systems), FSO (floating storage and offloading systems), and FSU (floating storage units).
  • Inland Barges – these rigs are specially adapted for inland waters close to shore.
  • Jack-up Platforms – platforms that can be jacked up above the sea, and can be lowered like jacks. These platforms, used in relatively low depths, are designed to move from place to place, and then anchor themselves by deploying the jack-like legs.
  • Jack-up Rigs – Used for shallow water drilling, these have legs that penetrate into the seafloor and the hull jacks up and down the legs.
  • Platform Rigs – self-contained rigs that rest on fixed platforms. Used for field development drilling.
  • Seastars Platforms – mini-tension leg platforms.
  • Semi-submersibles – floating mobile offshore drilling units that have ballasted columns. Station-keeping is accomplished either by anchored mooring lines or dynamic positioning systems.
  • Semi-submersible Platforms – legs are buoyant and permit structure to float. Can be moved from place to place.
  • Spar Platforms—moored to the seabed with more conventional mooring lines.
  • Tender-Assist Rigs – monohull units that are moored next to a platform. The rig is installed onto the platform, but power, storage and other functions remain on the tender.
  • Tension-leg Platforms – consist of floating rigs tethered to the seabed

Houston Offshore Accident Lawyers

Houston Offshore Accident Lawyers

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