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How Aviation Accidents Fit into Offshore Injury Law

Offshore maritime industries use planes and helicopters to service these platforms. Sadly, there are incidents, which can take place causing injury or death. These incidents often occur due to negligence, carelessness, or pilot error. Offshore injury law covers these types of accidents.

Water Crash Injuries

When going in for an unexpected water landing, there is no way to avoid even the most common injuries. Unless a soft landing can occur, the plane will most likely break apart upon impact. This means that the fuel tank is at risk to explode. The metal torn from the fuselage causes cuts, amputations, and penetrating wounds.

In addition to receiving these kinds of lacerations, injuries to the abdomen, thorax, and spine are also common. Those who survive the crash may also suffer from burns and hypothermia depending on where the water landing occurs.

Offshore Injury Law Includes Aviation Accidents

Maritime aviation law also covers injuries due to an aviation mishap when the aircraft is either on route to or from the offshore platform. This protection does extend to the Jones Act, which provides compensation to those who are injured while working at sea. The Act’s loose definition of term seaman has allowed it to be used for those who are aviation employees under certain conditions.

The most common type of maritime aviation incidents are for those involved in transporting personnel to and from offshore platforms. Other uses include shuttling supplies and to and from the platform or acting as an emergency medical evacuation service. In the event of an accident, offshore injury law often covers aviators hired by companies who own offshore platforms to act in this capacity.

An experienced maritime attorney can help sort out if the injury qualifies under the current rules.

Thanks to Tim Spouge on flickr for image used in this post.