If you’ve been involved in an offshore accident, you should contact an offshore accident lawyer as soon as possible. Make sure you do not speak with any insurance companies or lawyers representing the oil company before you have obtained your own counsel. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation to discuss your case.
As in other types of personal injury cases, there is a limited time for filing a claim for compensation following an offshore injury. In addition to the statute of limitations, there may also be a requirement that the injured worker give their employer notice of the accident within a certain time frame. It is important that a person who has suffered an offshore injury consult an attorney to determine the exact time limits applicable under the facts of their case. A failure to promptly file a claim or a failure to give notice in a timely fashion may result in the dismissal of an otherwise valid offshore injury claim. A delay in consulting counsel may also result in spoliation of evidence, since the responsible party or their insurance company may not preserve evidence favorable to the injured person.