Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an offshore accident? If so, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Houston personal injury attorney who can help you get the full compensation you’re due for your losses, expenses, pain, and suffering.
An offshore accident may involve an explosion, fire, a falling object, faulty machinery, drowning, and other dangers. Employees who work on oil and gas rigs and other vessels face dangerous conditions every day. Tragically, severe injuries and even employee fatalities are not uncommon.
Relaxed adherence to safety regulations and other negligent actions are often the cause of these serious offshore accidents. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially and emotionally if you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. The attorneys of Kherkher Garcia, LLP are standing by to help you with your recovery.
We’ve helped numerous clients who have suffered injuries in dangerous workplace accidents. We have the resources and skills needed to take on the most complex offshore accident cases. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact Kherkher Garcia, LLP at (713) 333-1030 to learn how we can get you the compensation you are entitled to.
Why You Need an Experienced Offshore Accident Attorney
After an offshore accident, you need to focus on healing. Your injuries have probably had a significant financial impact on your life. You may now be faced with substantial, endless medical bills, and you may be missing work because of your injuries. If your injuries are particularly severe, they could prevent you from ever returning to work again. You need the help of a great lawyer.
A personal injury lawyer skilled in handling offshore accidents knows the law affecting those cases. They understand the duty of care that different parties owe you. An offshore accident lawyer has access to experts and other valuable resources to help determine not only why the accident occurred but also all of the parties that may be liable for the accident and your injuries. In addition, your lawyer can help recover compensation for expenses you have already incurred and for any and all expenses you may incur in the future.
When you retain our firm, one of our experienced attorneys can deal with the insurance companies, so you don’t have to. Representatives of insurance companies may seem kind and concerned when they speak with you, but they do not represent you. Rather, insurance company representatives act on behalf of the insurance company and their client. Insurance companies will try to get an injured party, such as yourself, to accept a settlement that is often far less than what they’re entitled to. It is extremely important to talk to an attorney before you discuss the case with anyone else.
Kherkher Garcia, LLP can help you secure all the compensation for your injuries and damages you are entitled to. We can communicate on your behalf with all of the attorneys involved in your case. Remember, you need someone to represent your interests, and when you hire us, we are squarely in your corner, ready to fight for you. We can make sure that your right to recover fair and equitable compensation for your injuries is not compromised. Your compensation is likely to be much greater than what you would receive if you attempt to handle the matter on your own.
Why Should I Choose Kherkher Garcia, LLP to Represent Me?
The attorneys at Kherkher Garcia, LLP have over thirty years of trial experience. We will provide you with vigorous representation, just as we have for thousands of clients. We firmly believe that being prepared to go to trial is an extremely effective method to get the most out of settlement negotiations. The insurance companies know that we’re not afraid to take them to court, and that is likely to be more expensive for them than just paying an appropriate amount of compensation beforehand.
Our firm has successfully recovered billions of dollars for our clients. No matter what your injury is, we have likely already tried or settled a case very like it. Our passion and creativity mean that we are constantly coming up with new ways to prevail on behalf of our clients.
One of our partners, Bret Stanley, not only has significant experience with maritime injury law but specifically with Jones Act litigation. The Jones Act is a federal law that was enacted in 1920 and permits seamen to sue their employers for on-the-job injuries due to negligence.
The attorneys at Kherkher Garcia, LLP possess significant, national trial experience. Even though we are based in Houston, Texas, we have represented clients in jurisdictions throughout the United States.
At Kherkher Garcia, LLP, we have access to many resources and a team of experienced and skilled attorneys who will professionally and expertly guide you through the legal process. Our attorneys will protect your rights against big corporations and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and the damages you sustained as a result of the offshore accident.
You do not need to pay us anything upfront. We believe that everyone is entitled to high-quality legal representation, whether they have money or not. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. Essentially, this means that we only get paid if you get paid.
Types of Offshore Accident Cases We Handle
Offshore accidents may result from failure to follow prescribed safety steps, distracted or negligent co-workers, or faulty equipment. There are many different causes of offshore accidents, and they can result in all types of disasters. Following is a list of some of the types of offshore accidents we can handle for you:
- Fire on the vessel
- Equipment failures
- Taking on fuel
- Cargo loading/unloading
- Vessel collisions
- Falling objects
- Electric hazards
- Dredging accidents
- Chemical accidents
- Crane failures
- Ventilation system malfunctions
Because the cause or causes behind an offshore accident are often difficult to discern, the parties responsible for your injuries are often difficult to identify. A Houston offshore accident lawyer can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident. We can help you figure out why the accident happened. We can identify all of the responsible parties. We can help you obtain all of the compensation to which you are entitled under the law.
The types of injuries commonly found due to offshore accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Internal injuries/bleeding
- Broken limbs
People may suffer many other injuries in addition to those listed above. Just because you or your loved one has not sustained one of the injuries listed above does not mean that you do not deserve compensation.
What Compensation Is Available?
There are two types of compensation you could be eligible for after an offshore accident. The first, more straightforward type is economic compensation. Your economic losses may include:
- Medical bills for doctor visits, rehab, physical therapy, prescriptions, etc.
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage, if appropriate
The second type is non-economic compensation. This type of compensation is subjective and more difficult to quantify, but a skilled attorney can help you determine the value of the non-economic recovery you may be due. For example, you might be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Your pain and suffering
In rare cases, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages. A court of law may award punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer for reckless or malicious behavior. An award of punitive damages is intended not only to punish the wrongdoer but to deter them from engaging in that behavior again. You must keep in mind that not every plaintiff is entitled to punitive damages. The knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Kherkher Garcia, LLP can advise you whether the facts of your particular case can support such a claim.
Determining Fault in an Offshore Accident
One of our seasoned offshore accident injury attorneys will conduct a detailed investigation of the facts surrounding your case. This investigation will enable the attorney to determine why the offshore accident occurred. The investigation will also help identify the parties responsible for your injuries. Potentially liable parties may include:
Your employer, if this was a work-related accident
The company that performed repairs, if repairs were done
In Texas, a plaintiff must commence a lawsuit to recover damages within two years of the date of the accident. The laws governing other states may have different time limitations. It’s important that you do not delay in contacting an offshore accident attorney. If you delay and your lawsuit is not filed on time, you may lose the right to recover compensation through the courts.
Contact an Offshore Accident Lawyer Today
Don’t go it alone when the financial future of you and your family could be on the line. Contact us today and let us help you get the compensation you deserve so you can get your life back on track. Call Kherkher Garcia, LLP at (713) 333-1030 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We’re here to listen to your story and help you understand your legal rights and options.