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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Oil Rig Explosion Off Coast of Louisiana

At the time of this writing, several people were critically injured and at least 11 are still missing following an oil rig explosion Tuesday, April 20, 2010 on an oil rig platform off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was carrying approximately 126 people; most them escaped to safety following the blast.

According to reports, the oil rig platform is about 52 miles southeast of Venice. The following day (today), smoke and fire could still be seen, and the fire is spreading. The explosion occurred on the rig, MODU Deepwater Horizon, which is owned by Transocean Ltd. The rig is 396 feet in length and 256 feet in width and was built in 2001 by Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, which is in South Korea. Eight burn victims had to be airlifted to a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

At this time, the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

If you have lost a loved one due to a maritime injury, you need a qualified, experienced maritime lawyer to help you fight to get the compensation you deserve. Maritime employers and their insurance companies have teams of lawyers; you need a strong team of lawyers, too.

With offices nationwide, and around the Gulf Coast, The Cochran Firm can meet with you to hear the details of your case and advise you of how to proceed. Please contact us today.

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posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 7:47 AM

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