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Dangerous Asbestos Used On Oil Rigs And In Drilling Mud

By Timothy Young on April 22, 2010

Did you know that during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s asbestos products and fibers were used in drilling mud?  If you worked offshore on an oil rig or on land around a drilling rig from the 1960s through the mid 1980s it is very likely that you were exposed to asbestos products and even pure asbestos fibers.

One of the main uses of asbestos in connection with drilling mud was to add pure asbestos fibers into the drilling mud.  These asbestos fibers gave the drilling mud a thicker consistency and also provided some fireproof protection qualities.  Unfortunately, the workers who were required to dump bags of asbestos fibers into the drilling mud were never provided with proper protective equipment.  Many of these workers literally breathed in pure asbestos fibers while working offshore, on drilling barges or even on land drilling rigs.

If you worked offshore or on land drilling rigs from the 1960s through the mid 1980s, it is very important for you to have proper medical testing done to determine if you have any type of asbestos related disease.  You can read more about the medical problems that offshore asbestos can cause here.

Did you know that the Jones Act and Maritime Law provides significant protections to seamen who were previously exposed to asbestos while working offshore.

By Timothy Young on April 20, 2010

Many workers who were previously exposed to asbestos are forced to file suit only against the manufacturers of the asbestos products.  Unfortunately this has resulted in many companies filing bankruptcy and injured workers now receive only a small fraction of their total damages if they are fortunate to recover anything.  In contrast, many offshore companies are still in existence today and are viable and available defendants.  Additionally, many offshore companies from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s have been purchased by larger oil and gas companies.  These predecessor companies can be sued today for the negligent acts of the previous companies.  Fortunately the Jones Act and Maritime Law allow workers who were exposed to asbestos on offshore oil rigs to file suit directly against their previous employers.  This provides solvent defendants and allows offshore workers who have suffered from asbestosis, mesothelioma and even lung cancer to recover significant damages due to their asbestos related illnesses.

If you have any questions regarding your rights under the Jones Act and Maritime Law due to past asbestos exposure, contact our lawyers today.  You can also learn lots more about asbestos on offshore oil rigs and in drilling mud here.

Why A Pre Employment Physical Can Help Your Case

By Timothy Young on April 20, 2010

There are several reasons why undergoing a pre‑employment physical including an MRI can actually help your case if you are subsequently injured while working for that company.  First, the fact that the company examined you before hiring you can often prove that you were physically fit and able to perform the assigned work prior to your accident.  If you do not undergo a pre‑employment physical, very often the company may claim that you physically should not have been performing the work.

Additionally, if an MRI is obtained during your pre‑employment physical, this test result will be critical evidence in regard to any subsequent injury which you later suffer.  It makes a tremendous difference in your case to be able to show a clear change in your condition based upon your pre‑employment MRI as compared to your post-accident MRI.

Finally, even if your pre‑employment MRI indicated some minor physical problems such as age related degeneration, it will be extremely difficult for your employer to use this evidence against you if your employer was aware of this condition when it hired you.  Often even a less than perfect pre‑employment MRI can still benefit your case greatly.