Offshore workers know that they face risks other jobs don’t have, but they should have reasonable confidence that their employers are making worker safety the highest priority.
HOUSTON, Texas (PRWEB) April 08, 2014
Offshore injury lawyer Matthew Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf a client who was injured while working as a roustabout for a major drilling contractor on a jack up rig.
Roustabouts are entry-level workers who perform manual jobs on oil rigs. Court documents show that Shaffer’s client, without proper training or assistance, was following orders to remove the rig’s hatch covers when a hatch came down on and crushed his left hand and fingers.
According to allegations in the lawsuit, following the accident, and despite the seriousness of the injury, the need for additional surgery and the presence of a huge dressing on the workers hand rendering it useless for any type of labor, a claims representative pressured both the worker and his medical caregivers to return to work.
Shaffer, a managing partner in Houston offshore injury law firm Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, filed a lawsuit, case number 2014-14798, on behalf of the client in 152nd Harris County Civil Court.
“Offshore workers know that they face risks other jobs don’t have, but they should have reasonable confidence that their employers are making worker safety the highest priority,” Shaffer said. “It is the employer’s duty, both legally and ethically, to ensure that workers are properly trained and equipped to handle the jobs they’re asked to do.”
The offshore injury attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris have more than 100 years of combined experience in helping rig hands, roustabouts, seamen and others who labor in the world of offshore drilling.
As a personal injury law firm, SMSH also represents victims of a wide range of circumstances, from auto accidents to injuries from defective pharmaceuticals. They have been providing an aggressive defense of injury victims’ rights for more than 50 years and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their clients.
Under maritime laws, workers are entitled to compensation when employer negligence has caused them injury. If you are an offshore worker who has been injured on the job, contact the experienced maritime attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris today. Call 800-282-2122 to schedule a free consultation and get the legal expertise you deserve. Legal assistance is available in both English and Spanish (Español).