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Were You Injured in an Offshore Accident or Maritime Disaster?

Our Williams Attorneys’ North Dakota offshore injury lawyers help maritime workers collect the highest possible financial compensation for their injuries. 

With 30+ years’ experience in maritime law and an aggressive investigative and legal team, our North Dakota maritime injury lawyers are renowned for securing the maximum available financial recovery in maritime injury lawsuits.

Our extensive inside experience with big oil and gas defense tactics provides a significant benefit to North Dakota offshore platform workers, divers, tankermen, offshore utility workers, barge workers, seamen, deckhands, and other overseas workers injured on the job site. 

Winning full financial recovery for serious offshore injuries can be difficult. Workers’ compensation and personal injury rules often don’t apply. Instead, offshore injury claims are governed by laws like the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Jones Act.

Serious injuries from platform explosions, fires, vessel collisions, slip and falls, equipment failures, and jack-up rig accidents mean months to years of medical care, rehabilitation, and related expenses. Offshore companies often try to hide responsibility for your accident. When you can prove negligence, maritime employers will offer a mere fraction of the maintenance and cure financial recovery you deserve. 

To obtain the full compensation you deserve for your marine injury, it is vital to consult a skilled North Dakota Jones Act lawyer whose offshore legal knowledge, marine investigative team, and assertive legal tactics brings a win against even the most powerful oil and gas companies.

Williams Attorneys North Dakota offshore injury lawyers are nationally recognized for securing maximum amounts for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and all other relevant damages for our clients. We work on contingency, so you don’t pay unless we win your case.

Our North Dakota maritime accident lawyers represent clients located in Williams County, Ward County, Stark County, Oliver County, Mountrail County, Morton County, Mercer County, McLean County, McKenzie County, Grant County, Golden Valley County, Dunn County, Divide County, Burleigh County, Burke County and throughout the Bakken shale play.

What Types of Accidents Qualify for a Maritime Injury Lawsuit? 

Some of the nation’s most dangerous job sites are located offshore. Maritime workers often work overtime in unstable conditions around heavy equipment that is often old, damaged, or poorly maintained.

When accidents happen, injured workers may have to wait hours to reach proper emergency hospital medical care. Even minor injuries can become severe during such long delays.

Common deepwater drilling injuries, commercial diving injuries, jack-up rig injuries, platform explosions, oil rig accidents, barge accidents, and other maritime disasters result from:

  • Chemical leaks
  • Crane collapses
  • Damaged safety equipment
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Falling equipment
  • Ignored safety policies
  • Machine malfunctions
  • Offshore fires
  • Slippery ladders and surfaces
  • Untrained crewmembers
  • Vessel collisions

Tragically, oil company negligence is a constant factor in offshore worker injuries. Irregular equipment maintenance, improper chemical storage, slack overseas job safety practices, rushed crewmember training, and other safety violations increase the danger of maritime job sites, leading to severe, often life-altering injuries, including:

  • Amputation
  • Electrocution
  • Hearing loss
  • Neck and back injury
  • Paralysis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”)
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury (“TBI”)
  • Vision loss
  • Wrongful death

Rehabilitation can take months to years, time in which you may not earn income. In many cases, the only way to fully recover financially from a maritime injury is to file an offshore injury lawsuit with an experienced North Dakota Jones Act attorney.

If You Or A Loved One Suffered Injury Or Death In A Maritime Accident, We Can Help Secure Your Future.

When Should I File a Maritime Injury Lawsuit?

When negligence causes or contributes to an accident, injured crewmembers and those fatally wounded on platforms, tankers, derrick barges, tugboats, semi-submersibles, oilers, offshore drilling rigs, and other maritime vessels have certain rights and protections. This includes the right to financial compensation when a company or owner acts with negligence.

Negligence is rarely obvious, and oil and gas companies typically deny responsibility for maritime injuries. Our experienced North Dakota offshore injury lawyers have expert maritime investigators inspect the accident, interview witnesses, and examine the circumstances for signs of negligence, including:

  • Broken safety gear
  • Cluttered, hazardous working environment
  • Defective machinery
  • Faulty warning systems or fire alarms
  • Infrequent emergency drills
  • Insufficient work breaks
  • Irregular equipment maintenance
  • Outdated personal protective equipment (“PPE”)
  • Overscheduling
  • Poor safety training

At Williams Attorneys, our offshore injury lawyers seek the maximum financial compensation for maritime workers under these federal maritime laws:

Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act or “Jones Act” offers seamen the right to full compensation for workplace injuries or death when an owner or employer acts with negligence. A worker is considered a “seaman” when he or she works on a sea vessel or port of a single maritime owner for over 30% of their work time. Seamen include captains, officers, masters, and crewmembers.

Longshore Act and Harbor Workers Compensation (“LHWCA”)

Injured offshore workers who aren’t Jones Act eligible “seaman” can file a lawsuit for financial compensation under the Longshore Act and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Dryland maritime workers, harbor workers, gas platform workers, offshore oil rig workers, and others performing building, loading, unloading, and maritime vessel repair are covered under the LHWCA.

905(b) Lawsuits

Injured offshore platform workers and those with oil and gas jobs on semi-submersible jack-up rigs can file a land-based negligence claim using a 905(b) lawsuit.

Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (“OCSLA”)

Any seaman injured while working in U.S. jurisdiction in the Outer Continental Shelf, including those on a fixed platform, can seek compensation for their injuries under the OSCLA.

Death on the High Seas Act (“DOHSA”)

Spouses, children, and other dependents who have lost a loved one in an accident occurring more than three nautical miles from shore (international high seas) can file a lawsuit for full compensation using the Death on the High Seas Act.

Because maritime injury lawsuits are governed under maritime law instead of traditional personal injury law, whether you can collect a significant financial payout largely depends on choosing an experienced offshore injury lawyer with a clear understanding of maritime and admiralty law and its application in the courts.

Our Williams Attorneys’ North Dakota maritime injury lawyers fight for the maximum offshore injury lawsuit payout, beyond the basic “maintenance and cure” compensation. We go after all possible damages, including:

  • Back pay and future lost wages
  • Current and estimated future medical expenses
  • Disability / disfigurement
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship / consortium
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of spousal support
  • Mental anguish / emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering

Our maritime injury lawyers are dedicated to collecting the maximum possible compensation for our clients’ injuries. We operate on a contingency basis. You don’t pay us unless we win your case.