Bass, Superior Energy, Roustabout, Jones Act

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMBass, Superior Energy, Roustabout, Jones Act: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a Motion For Summary Judgment.

The Bass, Superior Energy, Roustabout, Jones Act case documents what many workers on a vessel, helicopter, tugboat, ship, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts and seaman may face today – an onshore injury, offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, helicopter, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.  The Court ruled: the motion is DENIED.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • On June 28, 2012, Bass was working as a roustabout for Nabors, which had been hired as an independent contractor by Energy XXI, on Energy XXI’s”West Delta 73,” a fixed offshore platform on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Louisiana.
  • Superior, another independent contractor hired by Energy XXI, was present at the platform with Nabors that day to perform a “gravel pack” operation with Nabors.
  • During this process, Superior was to take a 75-foot jumper hose from its boat and attach it to the platform. 
  • To move the hose into position on the platform, Nabors used its platform crane, which was operated by a Nabors employee.
  • After the hose had been partially moved so that one end sat on the floor of the platform’s pipe rack area and the other end remained elevated, Bass, who was in the pipe rack area, attempted to move the hose by manually pulling on it.
  • The hose weighed over one thousand pounds, and Bass allegedly injured his neck as he attempted to move the hose.

 To find out more on the case, see Case No. 13-5175 – February 3, 2015.


OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMHave you been injured in an offshore accident?  Offshore injury? 

If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, roustabout, cruise ship employee, etc., the laws that govern the areas of navigation, shipping, and overseas injuries, known as maritime and admiralty laws, may protect you.

Individuals suffering a Maritime, Admiralty, Jones Act type personal injury (offshore injury, offshore accident, oil rig injury, oil rig accident or injured offshore) may be entitled to compensation in the form of maintenance payments, lost wages, monies for medical treatment and other damages. These are some of the jobs that may fall under maritime, Jones act or admiralty law:

  • Merchant Marine
  • Longshoremen
  • Cruise Ships
  • Ship Construction
  • River Boats
  • Tug Boats
  • Fish Processing
  • Commercial Underwater Divers
  • Oil Platform/Rig Workers/Roughnecks
  • Casino Boats
  • Helicopter

For more on admiralty, Jones act and maritime injury cases, please follow this link.


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you have been injured while out at sea, injured while on a boat, helicopter or vessel, working on an oil rig platform and are considered a seaman, and need an admiralty lawyer, Jones act lawyer or maritime lawyer to help you file an admiralty lawsuit, Jones act lawsuit or maritime lawsuit, please contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.