Injured oil rig worker awarded $1m by US federal court

A federal court in Louisiana has awarded $1.04m to oil rig worker who suffered severe injuries in a helicopter crash in October 2013. A federal court in Louisiana awarded $1.04m plus interest to an oil rig worker who was injured in a helicopter crash.

The helicopter was bringing Miller and two other men back to shore in Louisiana after a two-week job on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, owned by Energy XXI. The pilot of the helicopter died in the crash. Both of the other passengers were injured, including one man who was paralyzed from the waist down. Miller suffered four spinal fractures and can no longer work.

An investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that natural gas being flared from the rig could have been involved in the engine stall.