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.