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Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Accident Lawyer

Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Accident Lawyer

Oil Platform Worker Injury Attorney Preston Easley Represents Oil Rig and Gas Workers In Their Accident and Injury Claims in CA and HI

In 2010, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform killed eleven workers, injured seventeen more, and dumped five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the next three months. While this catastrophe helped to publicize the perils of deep-sea oil and gas drilling, the fact is that oil platforms have always been dangerous places to work, even if most accidents, including fatal ones, never make it into the local newspaper. A skilled Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Accident Lawyer will help you if you were involved in this type of accident.

The reason the general public never hears about most oil platform accidents is a classic case of “out of sight, out of mind” — most drilling platforms are located miles offshore, and only the companies that operate them, and the people who work on them, are even aware of their existence.

While oil-platform workers tend to be well-compensated, compared to their associates on the mainland they still have it rough.  Workers have to commit to six-month stretches of living in complete isolation, and are often called upon to work 12-hour or longer shifts in order to meet deadlines or production quotas.

It’s rare for an oil or gas platform to simply explode, as happened to the Deepwater Horizon.  More often, platform workers are injured in less dramatic fashion: exposure to toxic chemicals, poorly maintained machinery, or the negligence of their fellow workers, are just three examples. The tension of living for months at a time on a remote oil platform can also result in assaults or fistfights; sometimes the injuries sustained in these brawls are severe enough that the injured parties have to be taken back to the mainland for medical treatment.

As the Deepwater Horizon demonstrated, oil platform accidents can be followed by months of obfuscation on the part of oil companies, as well as the owner of the platform. The rights of workers employed on platforms operating in U.S. waters are preserved by the Jones Act (officially called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920), an extension of mainland disability laws to sailors, fishermen and other marine workers.

If you have been injured in an oil platform accident—or if your loved one has been killed—the Jones Act entitles you to recover damages from the responsible parties; at the very least, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills and time away from work. In cases of gross negligence or recklessness, of course, the settlement can be much more substantial.

Jones Act And Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Accident Victims Attorneys

Serving All Of Hawaii And California • Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a maritime accident, whether your case falls under maritime law or civil law, our lawyers can help.  If you lost a loved one in a fatal maritime accident our attorneys can help you get civil justice and compensation to help you recover from your loss.

Call today, or email us, to arrange for a free initial legal consultation to learn more about your rights and the best approach in taking legal action against any parties who can be held accountable for your loss.

Law Offices of Preston Easley
2500 Via Cabrillo Marina
Suite 106
San Pedro, California 90731

Phone:  (310) 832-5315
FAX:  (310) 832-7730

San Diego, CA (619) 699-4884
Ventura, CA (805) 289-1551
Honolulu, HI (808) 922-2383 

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Cases We Handle

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    Longshoremen & Shipyard Workers

    Longshoring and shipyard work are very dangerous occupations. Workers in these fields, along with marine construction workers, are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, a very generous no-fault workers’ compensation system. It covers medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation.

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    Jones Act Seamen

    A seaman is a member of the crew of a vessel or group of vessels under common ownership or control. The vessel can be anything from a raft to a cargo ship. We represent seamen who work aboard recreational vessels, tugboats, dredges, barges, skiffs, workboats and cargo ships. We also represent seamen who are marine construction workers

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  • Diving

    We represent people who have been injured in SCUBA diving accidents and Commercial diving accidents. We also handle diving boat accidents. Diving can be very dangerous. We successfully represented a commercial diver who was seriously injured while cleaning the propeller of a U.S. Navy ship at Pearl Harbor

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  • accident at construction site and hard hat on floor

    Construction & Industrial Accidents

    Construction and industrial sites can be very dangerous. Although you generally cannot sue your own employer for a construction site or industrial accident (generally workers’ compensation is your exclusive remedy against your employer) there are many circumstances in which you can file a third party lawsuit against an entity other than your employer for an unsafe condition at a work site which causes you to be injured

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  • Forklift and Crane Injuries Lawyer

    Crane & Forklift Accidents

    The Easley firm has extensive experience with crane and forklift accidents and workplace accidents involving dangerous equipment and machinery. These accidents can be caused by operator error and they can be caused by the unsafe and defective condition of the equipment

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  • auto accident involving two cars on a city street

    Motor Vehicle & Truck Accidents

    Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injury and death. These kinds of accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and unsafe road design and unsafe road conditions

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  • Catamaran Injuries Attorney

    Passenger Vessel Accidents

    Passenger accidents are common on recreational vessels, catamarans, tour boats and cruise ships.  They are frequently caused by rough sea conditions and unsafe conditions aboard the vessels.  The Easley firm has extensive experience in the field of maritime law.  We have made new law in the field of maritime law with numerous precedent setting decisions in the State Appellate Courts, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court

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    Defense Base Act

    The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act which covers civilian employees of U.S. defense contractors injured overseas, including war zones. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensations Act as extended by the Defense Base Act is a very generous no fault workers’ compensation system

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Areas Where We Practice

Preston Easley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He served five years of active duty as a Naval officer — three years as a deck officer on a fast frigate and two years as a patrol boat skipper. Mr. Easley also served aboard a tank landing ship in the reserves.

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Let Us Get You The Compensation You Deserve

Preston Easley is an experienced lawyer with considerable expertise in handling federal and state personal injury cases. He will aggressively seek the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. Attorney Easley represents victims of serious and fatal accidents involving cars, trucks, construction projects and maritime work.

Construction Workers We Help

  • Crane and Forklift Operators
  • Pile Drivers
  • Scaffold Workers
  • Iron Workers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Operating Engineers
  • Electricians

Maritime Workers We Help

  • National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) Shipyard Workers
  • Manson Construction Company Workers
  • Manson Dredging Workers
  • Dutra Dredging Workers
  • Commercial Divers
  • Scuba Divers
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Government Maritime Claims Against the Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, or the US Coast Guard, etc.
  • Marine Construction Workers
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Workers
  • Seamen
  • Shipyard Workers
  • YYK Enterprises, Inc.
  • Pacific Tugboat Service
  • Long Beach Container Terminal
  • Tugboat, Dredge, Longshoremen, and Ferry Workers
  • Barge Crews and Barge Workers
  • Marisco Limited
  • HL Welding
  • SSA Marine
  • Catalina Express
  • R.E. State Engineering
  • Shimmick Construction
  • Nova Group
  • American Scaffolding
  • Safway Scaffolding
  • Kirby Tugs
  • Crowley Tugboats
  • P&R Water Taxi
  • Continental Maritime
  • Pacific Ship Repair
  • Seaward Marine
  • Healy Tibbitts
  • General Construction
  • BAE Shipyards
  • South Coast Welding
  • Matson
  • Pasha
  • Hawaii Stevedores, Inc.
  • McCabe, Hamilton & Renny
  • Young Brothers
  • Sause Bros.
  • Foss Maritime
  • Fenix Marine Services
  • ITS
  • Total Terminals
  • TraPac
  • PCMC
  • Maersk
  • Yang Ming
  • China Overseas Shipping
  • Evergreen

Boating Accidents

  • Catamaran Accidents
  • Charter and Tour Boats
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Passenger Accidents
  • Jet Ski and Personal Watercraft
  • Motorboat Accidents
  • Recreational Accidents
  • Scuba Diving Accidents
  • Speed Boat Accidents
  • Yachts and Sail Boat Accidents
  • Repair Accidents
  • Crew Accidents
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