Offshore drilling rig accidents remain a serious threat in the Gulf of Mexico

Offshore drilling rig accidents in the Gulf of Mexico captured the attention of the world this past April, when the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and set off the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. But just because the public has turned its attention elsewhere does not mean the danger of drilling rig accidents has gone away. Just this past September, an oil rig in the Gulf caught fire, forcing 13 workers to flee overboard.

Drilling rig accidents happen every year on the water across the country. Last year, the International Association of Drilling Contractors reported 146 drilling accidents on U.S. waters in 2009. The only area in the world with more drilling rig accidents than the U.S. on water was in the entire continent of Asia and the vast Pacific Ocean, where 163 offshore drilling accidents were reported last year.

Drilling has long been an extremely dangerous occupation for generations. But offshore drilling in oceans and open water presents even greater challenges, especially when trying to resolve an accident that took place far from land. Unique laws govern offshore drilling rigs that operate in the Gulf and other vast bodies of water. The Jones Law, Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act and general maritime tort law constantly change here and internationally.

Understanding maritime law can be extremely complicated. Even knowing where to file a complaint or seek compensation after such accidents can be confusing since multi-national corporations often own and operate such rigs. The Law Office of William Gee III can help. Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, attorney Gee has years of experience successfully defending clients in offshore maritime accidents.

Don’t let an offshore drilling rig accident ruin your life. Take action. Contact William Gee III today. We can help take the confusion out of knowing what to do after experiencing such a traumatic event. Call (800) HURTLINE right now.

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