Troglen, Hydraulic Well Control, Offshore Injury, Jones Act & Seaman

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMTroglen, Hydraulic Well Control, Offshore Injury, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Third Circuit ruled on an appeal of legal standard – seaman.

The Troglen, Hydraulic Well Control, Offshore Injury, 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. 14-308 – October 8, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • This is a Jones Act case where a trial court found that the injured worker failed to carry his burden to prove that he is a seaman. As such, the trial court dismissed the injured workers’ Jones Act claims against his employer.
  • Marshall Troglen (Troglen) began working for Hydraulic Well Control/Boot and Coots Services, L. L. C. (B&C) on June 12, 2008, in a land-based warehouse. Soon thereafter, Troglen expressed interest in offshore work.
  • B&C was hired by Nexen, an oil and gas company that develops energy resources, to restore its well located on a platform fixed to the outer continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. Troglen was assigned to work as a helper for this job by B&C.
  • On this particular job, B&C’s employees, as well as other employees from different companies, ate, slept, and used the restroom facilities on the RAM VII.
  • On August 14, 2008, Troglen was injured while working on the fixed platform.
  • The injury occurred when an errant toss by his coemployee resulted in a piece of Teflon striking Troglen in the face.
  • The piece of Teflon was in the shape of a pipe and weighed approximately two-and-a-half pounds. Tossing the piece of Teflon was not proper protocol as delineated by B&C.


Have you been injured in an offshore accident? If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, 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
  • Casino Boats

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

FREE CASE REVIEWAt 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.