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Wrongful Death of a Family Member on an Offshore Oil Rig

How a Skilled, Experienced Offshore Accident Lawyer Will Protect Your Legal Rights

One of the most dangerous professions on the planet is that of an offshore oil rig worker. Every year, rig workers are severely and even fatally injured in catastrophic offshore accidents. If you’ve lost a family member in a rig explosion or other type of incident, the offshore accident lawyer hotline is staffed right now to assist you. The hotline at (800) 349-0000 is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major holidays.

If you’ve lost a loved one in an offshore accident, you may be in a position to pursue what is known as a wrongful death claim. An offshore accident claim is highly complicated and truly necessitates the assistance of an experienced attorney. A Doan Law Firm offshore accident lawyer can provide you the assistance and resources you need when it comes to seeking justice and compensation through a wrongful death claim.

What is an Offshore Accident Wrongful Death Case?

An offshore accident wrongful death case is one brought when a person loses a family member because of the negligence, recklessness, or even intentional conduct of another party associated with an offshore rig. The conduct results in the death of that family member.

Who can Pursue an Offshore Accident Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death cases, including those arising from some type of offshore accident, are governed by the laws in the individual states in which these types of claims arise. With that said, there is a considerable degree of commonality between the states when it comes to which family members are capable of pursuing a wrongful death claim.

For example, family members who oftentimes are legally able to bring an offshore accident wrongful death claim include:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Representative of a deceased person’s estate

Most states permit family members the ability to pursue a wrongful death claim individually or as a group. If minor children are in a position to pursue a wrongful death case involving a parent, a surviving parent or some other suitable adult technically pursues such a claim and lawsuit on behalf of the children.

All states have established specific deadlines by which a wrongful death lawsuit needs to be filed in court. In most states, a person has two years from the date of the offshore rig accident that kills a family member to file a lawsuit. A smaller number of states allow three years for filing a lawsuit. You need to be certain that you understand the timeframe in your state.

Compensation in an Offshore Accident Wrongful Death Case

The compensation awarded in an offshore accident wrongful death case is governed by two factors:

  • The facts and circumstances surrounding the fatal accident itself
  • The legal relationship between the person or persons making a wrongful death claim and the deceased individual

Our offshore accident lawyers typically seek financial recovery for losses arising from a death associated with an incident on a rig that include:

  • Final medical bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Lost income or other financial support
  • Lost companionship
  • Lost consortium (if a spouse)

Who is Responsible for an Offshore Accident Wrongful Death?

One of the most complicated aspects of an offshore accident wrongful death case is identifying all responsible parties. The reality is that multiple parties typically are responsible for causing an accident on an offshore rig. The complex nature of holding all responsible parties liable for an offshore rig accident underscores the need for a seasoned offshore accident like a member of The Doan Law Firm legal team.

Examples of parties potentially responsible for an offshore rig accident include rig owner, rig operator, subcontractors, maintenance companies, and others. Odds are that multiple claims may need to be filed as part of seeking justice and appropriate compensation in an offshore accident wrongful death case.

Hire a Fighter: Retain a Doan Law Firm Offshore Accident Lawyer

Contact our firm today at (800) 349-0000 and schedule an initial consultation. During that first appointment, one of our experienced offshore accident lawyers will provide you a case evaluation. You will be able to ask questions as well. There is no charge for an initial consultation with our firm.

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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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