If you have been injured while working offshore, you may be unable to work and care for your family. The medical bills are piling up, and it is unclear when, if ever, you will be fully recovered. The challenges can feel overwhelming, and you may not know where to turn. The good news is that you do not have to face these challenges alone. An offshore accident lawyer from Lopez Franco can review your case, help you understand your options, and work with you to find a way forward.

Why You Need an Offshore Accident Lawyer

Most accidents, such as car or workplace accidents, are clearly subject to state law jurisdiction. This means that most personal injury lawyers will know how to navigate the legal process, what evidence you need, and what you will need to prove under the law. 

Offshore accidents do not necessarily fall under state law. Instead, they fall under maritime law—a technical, specialized area of the law that most personal injury lawyers do not deal with. Depending on the nature of your accident and where your accident occurred, your remedies may be determined by some of the following federal maritime statutes: 

  • The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (“the Jones Act”)
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • The Longshore and Harbour Workers’ Compensation Act
  • The Death on the High Seas Act

An experienced offshore accident lawyer will know which laws apply to your case and what options are available to you. Do not risk your claim by working with someone who does not have experience in this area of the law. 

Offshore Accidents Are Often Catastrophic

Many offshore accidents result in very serious injuries. Some of the more common accidents that result in injuries to workers include the following: 

  • Transportation accidents
  • Falls from heights or as a result of slipping or tripping
  • Accidents caused by machinery or equipment failures
  • Fires and explosions
  • Exposure to toxic substances or environments

These accidents can lead to very serious injuries, such as the following: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Facial and dental injuries

These injuries often result in permanent partial or total disabilities that can impact your ability to work. In some cases, they can tragically result in death. This is another reason why it is so important to work with an offshore accident lawyer—they can help you get the compensation you need to take care of yourself and your family.

Contact Lopez Franco if You or a Loved One Has Been in an Offshore Accident 

If you have been injured in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. Let us help you put the accident behind you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and let’s discuss how we can help you start moving forward.