The offshore oil and gas industry can be very dangerous there are very strict safety procedures to follow meaning that the amount of accidents which happen offshore are relatively small compared to many other industries.
Working on the North Sea can be incredible challenging. You may be faced with high winds, freezing temperatures, snow and rain. The most common types of injuries are falls, especially if the walkways, stairs and platforms are wet or icy. If you fall from height you may suffer a head injury, paralysis or even death.
You may also need to carry out work such as oil extraction. To do this job you need highly specialised equipment and knowledge. You must be provided with the proper safety equipment and trained to undertake the task properly. If you are injured due to faulty equipment or if you are not provided with the right training then you may be able to claim.
The location of oil rigs means that the only way to reach them is by helicopter. In the past, there have been a number of high profile helicopter incidents many of which have resulted in deaths. The weather conditions can make particularly difficult flying conditions. If you have suffered an injury caused by a helicopter incident or an injury while being transported to and from the oil rig by helicopter then you may be able to claim for compensation.
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Working offshore can be incredibly dangerous so if you suffer an injury while at work due to someone else’s negligence then you may be entitled to claim for compensation. Our expert lawyers can advise you on the individual circumstances of your claim.
You should make a claim for the injury you suffered within three years of the date of the accident. However, you should try and claim for the accident as soon as you are able to.
If you have suffered due to someone else’s negligence then you will be able to claim for all loss you have suffered. For example, loss of earnings and psychological damage. Your lawyer will be able to instruct what you can claim for depending on your individual circumstances.
The amount of compensation you can expect to receive depends on the individual circumstances of the claim and the seriousness of your injuries but can range from hundreds of pounds to thousands of pounds.
There is no timescale for how long it will take for a claim to be settled. This depends on the seriousness of the injuries you have suffered. Your lawyer will be able to instruct you depending on the individual circumstances of your claim.
You may be able to make a claim against your employer if the injury is due to their negligence but it could also be against the helicopter company if you have suffered an injury while being transported to and from your workplace.
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