Myers, Hercules Offshore, Jones Act & Seaman

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMMyers, Hercules Offshore, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a motion to dismiss.

The Myers, Hercules Offshore, Jones Act & Seaman case documents what many workers on a vessel, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts and seaman may face today – an offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 13-4870 – October 17, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • On May 5, 2013, Myers, a roustabout and Jones Act seaman onboard Hercules’ vessel, the jack-up drilling rig HERCULES 49, fell and injured his ankle while exiting the shower in the shower room adjacent to his bunkroom.
  • The shower in which Myers was injured was stainless steel, and did not have handrails, a mat, or other slip resistant material.
  • Myers was wearing flip-flops as shower shoes. Myers testified that when he was exiting the shower, he stepped out with his right foot, and before it hit the ground, he slipped with his left foot, which was still in the shower.
  • He tried to grab the shower rod, it fell, and so did he. Myers testified that his right foot did not get caught on the shower’s ledge, and that his flip flop did not break.


Have you been injured in an offshore accident? 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, 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
  • Roustabout
  • Casino Boats

For more on admiralty, Jones act and admiralty 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 on a boat 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.