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Maritime Law Firm Retained By Injured Roustabout On Semisubmersible Offshore Drilling Rig

HOUSTON — The Transocean oil-rig explosion on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, led to a huge fire and the eventual sinking of the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible offshore drilling rig. Coast Guard officials suspended the three-day search for the 11 missing Transocean oil rig workers; it is believed that the men never made it off the platform.

The maritime personal injury firm Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris announced April 27 that it is representing a roustabout that suffered through multiple explosions on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible offshore drilling rig. The worker is experiencing significant orthopedic and psychological issues, according to the maritime law firm.

The Houston-based Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris has more than 100 years of combined experience representing victims of similar maritime and explosion personal injury cases. The firm was involved in recent maritime personal injury cases against both Transocean and British Petroleum, obtaining confidential seven figure recoveries in numerous cases.

“The Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion has potential to negatively affect the drilling industry in several ways,” said Matthew Shaffer, partner of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris. “As the sunken Transocean drilling rig spews approximately 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day, this environmental devastation, combined with the loss of life and pending litigation in the Transocean oil rig explosion, could drive the drilling debate.”

Shaffer has over 20 years of experience in maritime law and appeared on KHOU-TV Houston to provide expert commentary on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion and Transocean’s level of safety preparedness. The Petroleum Extension Service provides emergency procedure drills and videos to the entire offshore drilling industry, including Transocean. However, something failed, affecting all crewmembers aboard the Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling rig, the law firm said.

Founded in 1964, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris has been a strong advocate and representative for maritime personal injury victims. For more information, visit or Twitter and Facebook.