As an oil rig worker, you may be able to seek justice for injuries sustained in an oil rig accident on the job under the Jones Act. The Jones Act protects seamen who have been injured in offshore employment. To qualify for a claim under the Jones Act, you must meet several requirements, including:
- Employment with a single vessel or group of vessels under the same ownership. You cannot be a freelancer or independent contractor.
- A minimum of thirty percent of your work schedule is on navigable waters.
- Injuries occurred in the course and scope of employment.
- Employment on a vessel which is considered in navigation – that is, the vessel is not permanently docked or using land-based utilities.
When you have been injured in an oil rig accident, you need an attorney on your side who thoroughly understands your legal options and has experience representing clients in those forums in order to pursue the parties responsible for your injuries through the right legal actions.
Call the experienced Denver Oil Field Accident Lawyers of Shafner Law today at (303) 796-0555 for your free consultation. You may be able to bring a Jones Act case, a Workers’ Compensation claim, or a third-party injury action. We advocate for clients throughout Denver and the entire state of Colorado.