The Associated Press reported recently that an oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana has left eleven workers missing and seven with critical injuries. Two of the injured were admitted to the burn unit at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where they are being treated for severe burn injuries.
Most of the 126 workers aboard the rig were able to escape safely. The rig continued to burn for several days after the workers were evacuated. Most of the evacuated workers were carried to land in a lifeboat while authorities searched the waters surrounding the burning rig for life rafts carrying the remaining workers.
At the time of the accident, the rig was drilling, but was not yet producing oil. The cause of the explosion is still unknown, though the U.S. Coast Guard and environmental authorities continue to investigate.
According to the federal Minerals Management Service, since 2001 there have been 69 deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on Gulf Coast offshore oil rigs. Burn injuries threaten the lives of many workers on a daily basis, which is why employers whose work carries a high risk of such injuries are held to heightened standards to ensure they maintain a safe workplace. If an employee suffers burn injuries due to an employer’s negligence, the employee may be able to recover compensation in order to pay medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury while at work, an experienced Central Pennsylvania burn injury lawyer can protect your rights as an accident victim while helping you seek the compensation you need. The skilled burn injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss will listen carefully to the details of your case and help hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. Call the personal injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss today at (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation.