If you’re looking to make an accident claim in Aberdeen City it pays to be aware of your rights. This city is one of the biggest centres for the oil industry which brings with it, a very particular set of requirements when it comes to assessing personal injury claims. In this article we’ll look at the laws surrounding an accident on one of the offshore oil rigs in the North Sea and how a worker might claim compensation if he or she needs to.
How to make an accident claim in Aberdeen City
Oil rigs are subject to the same laws as all other employers. They have to make all reasonable precautions to guarantee the safety of people who are working on the drilling operation. If they fail to do this then they could be liable to pay out compensation.
The trouble is that oil rigs are by their nature dangerous places and there are many accidents that can happen. This means it can be difficult to understand whether or not an accident was because the oil company made a mistake or because it’s just one of those things that can happen on board an oil rig. The situation is made even more complicated because accidents on rigs can also be much more serious, which themselves lead to longer and more complicated personal injury claims.
Because of the hazardous nature of the environment on board an oil rig, all workers are required to stick to rigorous safety guidelines. Indeed people who work on rigs often complain that there is a whole host of safety checklists that need to be followed before you can do anything. This is all to make sure that the proper guidelines are followed – and that if there is an accident, then the company is clear from all blame.
When assessing an accident claim in Aberdeen, one of the things to do will be to work out if this procedure was adequately followed. However even if this was done, there could have been things left out which contributed to the accident. For example, machinery could have been in poor condition. Although these all have guidelines to when they must be maintained the environment on oil rigs can lead to them failing suddenly, so if companies are not constantly vigilant, machinery can be in an unsafe condition to use. A claim will hinge on whether this was the case and if the oil company should have spotted it before they went ahead with the operation.
Paying for a claim
Because these kinds of cases can be complicated they can also be very expensive and more risky to take to court. The longer a case goes, the greater the danger that you might lose, so it’s very important to work on the basis of no-win, no-fee as this will reduce the risk of making a claim from your point of view.
So if you’re looking to make an accident claim in Aberdeen City, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.