On Saturday night, on October 14th, an oil rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana left seven people injured. According to reports by local officials, one person remains missing after the explosion. The seven crew members that were rescued were rushed to local hospitals. So far, two have been discharged. Currently, the US Coast Guard is performing a desperate search for the missing man.
The oil rig fire burned overnight, and authorities say the flames are burning at a very low pressure, causing this slow burn-off. Nearby residents reported hearing the explosion on the lake at around 7:19 p.m. local time. Shortly after, the city fire department was dispatched to investigate the sounds. When fire officials arrived the platform, which is a storage and transfer structure for the lake’s oil wells, was still burning. Chief Dave Tibbits of East Bay Consolidated Fire Department, suspects that the oil was spilling into Lake Pontchartrain. Officials searched for the valve to shut off what they believe is oil leaking into the lake, which is just north of New Orleans. Fortunately, no drinking water comes from Lake Pontchartrain.
The cause of the blast is still unclear, but fire investigators suspect a combination of chemicals may have ignited on the platform leading to the explosion.
How Downtown L.A Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one have been effected by this event or any other similar event you may be eligible to file a claim for significant monetary compensation. If you file a claim with our law firm you may find some if not all the damages recoverable:
- Any and all medical expenses
- Loss of Income
- Loss of potential future income
- Emotional Damages (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc…)
- Punitive Damages
Victims of this incident or incidents like this one can contact our law offices to learn more about how to receive compensation for their injuries. Our team of personal injury and wrongful death attorneys is committed to ensuring every one of our clients has the resources to put up a fair fight for their case. As a show this commitment to you and your case we offer our clients the benefits of a zero fee guarantee policy. Under our zero fee policy, all clients don’t pay for our services until their case is won. If you feel in need of a second opinion, second opinion case reviews are also free under this policy. Call our law offices today for a free consultation by one of our skilled attorneys, and we can discuss the incident, your damages, and the path to receiving proper compensation for your damages.