Oil Rig Workers & OCSLA
Are you an oil rig worker in the Santa Barbara Channel? If you work in the Dos Quadros oil field, you have a dangerous job. You work long shifts, and you deal with heavy equipment and highly combustible materials. And these are just some of the reasons why oil rig work is considered one of the riskiest professions in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oil rig workers are seven times more likely to die on the job than the average American worker.
Many offshore oil rig workers are covered by the Outer Continental Shelf Land Act (OCSLA). The OCSLA extends Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) benefits to non-seamen who work on submerged lands that are under U.S. jurisdiction. These benefits include medical care, disability compensation, vocational rehabilitation and death benefits.
Your Benefits Under the OCSLA
- Medical Benefits: If you are injured on the job, your medical care is covered by the OCSLA. Your OCSLA benefits will pay for doctor’s visits, hospital says, surgical costs, medical supplies and equipment, medication, physical therapy, and any treatment by specialists that is necessary for you to recover from your work-related injury. You may choose your own physician, as long as the physician is currently authorized by the Department of Labor to render medical care under the LHWCA. Chiropractic care is not usually covered. You may also be compensated for the cost of travel associated with your treatment.
- Disability Compensation: If your work-related injury affects your ability to work, you will be eligible for biweekly-disability payments. The amount of payment will depend whether you are fully or partially disabled and whether your disability is temporary or permanent.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If your disability makes it impossible for you to return to your job, you may qualify for rehabilitation services through the U.S. Department of Labor. Services include employment evaluation, employment counseling, testing, retraining, and job placement.
- Death Benefits: If an OCSLA worker dies from a work-related injury, his widow and children eligible for death benefits. If he was not married, these benefits are paid to a parent, sibling or other eligible survivor. The family may also receive up to $3,000 for burial expenses.
Injured oil rig workers who are covered by the OCSLA are eligible for benefits regardless of who is at fault for the injury. This means that you can qualify for compensation even if your injury was partly or completely your fault.
The First Step
When handling your work injury case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugarcoat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get-go.
The Next Step
If you've been injured on the job, you probably have a ton of questions. I understand. You are concerned about your family and your livelihood. My suggestion is the next step you should take before anything else is to read my book, Win Your Injury Case. I wrote it to help folks like you, good people who got hurt on the job. You can order a free copy and I will cover the shipping too.
If you are an injured oil rig worker and have questions about your benefits, don’t hesitate to contact The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC at 866-705-4617.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley