Earlier this month, Dwayne Champagne filed a lawsuit against Fieldwood
Energy LLC, GOM Shelf LLC, Apache Corp. Eaton Oil Tools Inc., DLS LLC,
D&L Salvage LLC and DLS & Marine Services LLC claiming they failed
to provide a safe workspace.
On October 6, 2014, the complainant was working as a rigger off the Gulf
of Mexico when he was seriously injured. He suffered a left-hand partial
finger amputation and fracture. This injury left him unable to work. Mr.
Champagne’s lawsuit states this injury led to the loss of earnings,
medical expenses and pain and disability.
The plaintiff alleges that the injury was caused due to the negligence
of the platform owners. The lawsuit states that the injuries would not
have occurred if the owners had provided a reasonably safe working environment
free from hazards. It also indicates that the owners failed to maintain
proper control over how work was performed at the platform, which led
to the injury. The plaintiff seeks reparations for his injuries, medical
costs, pain and suffering, punitive damages, attorney fees and the cost
of the suit.
Know Your Rights
As a Texas oil rigger, you are entitled to a safe workplace. According
to federal law, an employer is required to provide a safe, hazard-free
working environment. You also have the right to report any safety or occupational
hazards you notice on the job without fear of retaliation. This means
your employer cannot legally fire, demote or transfer you under these laws.
If you were injured while working in the oil fields, oil rigs or while
driving an oil tanker, The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates,
PLLC wants to hear from you. Our San Antonio oil fields accident attorney
has dedicated his practice to helping oil workers and families of oil
workers seek justice and compensation after suffering severe to even fatal injuries.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation: 210.807.3178.