Louisiana Maritime Accident Lawyer William Gee III Weighs In On Hercules Oil Rig Fire

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Oil rig workers are fortunate to have escaped without injury, says Louisiana maritime accident attorney William Gee of the Law Offices of William Gee III.

When an accident occurs on an oil rig that’s miles from the coast line, these workers might be at risk to suffer from catastrophic, potentially fatal injuries.

Louisiana maritime accident attorney William Gee III said today that a potential disaster was averted after crews above a Hercules Offshore oil rig made the decision to evacuate the rig only hours before it caught fire and collapsed into the sea.

Gee, who represents injured offshore workers, was reacting to a report in The Advertiser (“Fire, gas spewing from collapsing oil rig in Gulf of Mexico,” July 24). According to the story, all 44 workers aboard an oil rig owned by Hercules Offshore were safely evacuated before the rig caught fire and partially collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico approximately 42 miles southwest of Grand Isle.

“Offshore workers put themselves in harm’s way every single day. When an accident occurs on an oil rig that’s miles from the coast line, these workers might be at risk to suffer from catastrophic, potentially fatal injuries,” said Gee. “In this instance, fortunately, the workers aboard the rig safely evacuated the premises before being exposed to this dangerous situation.”

Reuters (“Gulf rig partially collapses in fire off Louisiana,” July 24) reported that the shallow-water oil rig was preparing a well for production when it ruptured, causing a natural gas leak. The workers aboard the oil rig then evacuated, according to Reuters. Hours later, the rig caught fire and soon partially collapsed into the sea.

The Reuters article reports that Hercules Offshore immediately went to work to plug the well and that no oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico, avoiding a potentially catastrophic scenario.

“Lives were undoubtedly saved due to the quick thinking of workers aboard the Hercules Offshore oil rig. Their decision to evacuate merely hours before the rig’s blowout show an increased concern over safety,” said Gee, an offshore injury lawyer in Louisiana. “Accidents aboard offshore oil rigs cause severe injuries and cost lives. These accidents might be the result of any number of factors, such as an untrained worker or an oil company that shows a disregard for safety standards. Regardless of how the accident occurred, injured workers or their loved ones might be entitled to compensation for the losses they’ve suffered. These types of claims can be complex, which is why it’s wise to consult with an experienced attorney about your legal rights.”

About The Law Office of William Gee III
Louisiana maritime accident lawyer William Gee III has a well-earned reputation as a hard-working offshore oil injury lawyer who gets results. Over the course of his practice, William Gee has concentrated and developed his skills to handle maritime injury cases. Gee is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinction reserved for a small percentage of trial lawyers who have obtained multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts for their clients.

If you’ve been injured in a maritime or offshore accident, contact the Law Office of William Gee at 1-800-CALL-GEE today for a free case consultation.

The Law Office of William Gee III is located at:
2014 W. Pinhook Road, Suite 501
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508

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