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Represented Over 1/3 Of The
Deepwater Horizon Crew

When the largest maritime disaster in history occurred, more
families chose Arnold & Itkin than any other law firm.
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Obtained Record
Setting Verdicts

Arnold & Itkin fought hard to win the biggest
jury verdict in the history of Louisiana.
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World’s Biggest Companies

Fighting against the biggest companies in the world takes a firm
with the experience, resources and commitment to succeed.
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  • BP America, Inc.
  • Chet Morrison Contractors, L.L.C.
  • Chouest Offshore Services, LLC
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Transocean
  • Chevron USA, Inc.
  • Diamond Offshore
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Hercules Drilling Comp., LLC
  • Edison Chouest Offshore, Inc.
  • Jindal Enterprises LLC
  • Kinder Morgan, Inc.
  • Kirby Corporation
  • Noble Drilling Service, Inc.
  • Oceaneering International, Inc.
  • Otto Candies, LLC
  • Parker Drilling Company
  • Rowan Companies, Inc.
  • Saw Pipes USA Inc.
  • SeaRiver Maritime Inc.
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Wood Group Production Services, Inc.
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Experienced

Injured Maritime Workers Choose Arnold & Itkin

After the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion, we represented more of the injured crew and their family members than any other firm.

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We've Successfully Handled Almost Every Type of Injury

When you or a loved one has been injured offshore, it’s important to hire a maritime injury law firm known for its ability to defend workers' rights. We have the experience, dedication, and history of success that you deserve at this time. If you are looking for a maritime / Jones Act attorney to fight the big companies, you've found the right law firm.

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Arnold & Itkin Is a Firm That Wins Injury Cases

We're more than just talk--we're action. In fact, throughout our legal careers, we have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts & settlements.

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Our Track Record of Success Speaks for Itself

This is not the time to take a chance on an inexperienced law firm. You need someone who has not only handled these cases before, but done so successfully. To see our level of experience, all you need to do is look through our case results. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements--showing through actions instead of words that we are serious about demanding justice on behalf of our clients.

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Determined

Record-Setting Victories & Unparalleled Dedication

In 2012, we helped the victim of a horrific accident recover $117 million--the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.

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Making History with Record-Setting Victories

In 2012, we were able to help a young woman and her family after a horrific ambulance accident. We are proud to have been able to help recover $117 million on her behalf to help cover past, current, and future medical costs, as well as the cost of care for her daughters. Not only was this the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history, but it was been listed as the 25th largest verdict in The National Law Journal's recent listing of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2012.

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Maritime Attorneys Arnold & Itkin represented over 1/3rd of the entire

Our attorneys discuss what it was like to work with the crew members who were injured by the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, including our goal of making sure nothing like this ever happened again.

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Offshore Injury Attorneys, Arnold & Itkin represented over 1/3rd of th ...

When you are dealing with a serious maritime injury, it is important that you work with someone who is well-known, has dealt with the law before, and is experienced in these complex cases.

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Arnold & Itkin recovers $117 million for young mother.

In 2012, our lawyers represented a young mother injured in a serious ambulance accident. We recovered $117 million on her behalf, which was the largest single-event personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.

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What Do Offshore / Maritime Workers Say About Us?

"I'm confident they got me the best possible settlement that could have been achieved by anybody."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"Y'all are great lawyers. You really are."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"I can't say enough about them. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I'd go right back to Jason & Kurt."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"Everything didn't seem to be in my best interest until I got Arnold & Itkin and everything seemed to go in my direction."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"I am very happy with the outcome. It's been great having y'all in my corner."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"They are outstanding lawyers, and I'm very pleased with what they did for me."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"It took a few months before I could finally get anybody to believe me, and it was Jason & Kurt who stepped up and got the ball rolling."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"If I would have gone with another law firm, I probably would have settled a lot earlier for a lot less."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"To look for a maritime attorney, you want to look for somebody who is going to be there for you...and Arnold & Itkin has that."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"One of the greatest decisions I think I ever made."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

“I would do nothing but recommend Arnold & Itkin.”

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"They did an outstanding job. They care about their clients."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

"I was looking for someone who knew offshore work / maritime...I could see that they knew what was going on."

-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

Practice Areas & Helpful Information

Maritime / Offshore Information

We at Arnold & Itkin have seen the level of devastation that offshore accidents can cause. From the explosion of oil rigs to maritime employers who place workers in dangerous conditions, we have seen and handled it all.

If you or a loved one was injured in a maritime accident, we want you to know that we are here to help.

On this site, you will be able to find all of the information that you need—information that is relevant to what you are going through and what you can expect. We will walk you through the different types of cases that we can handle, the laws that are involved, and, most importantly, the ways in which we can help you recover.

If you have questions that you want answered or even if you are just looking to learn more about your scenario, we encourage you to explore all of the different sections of our site. Then, when you're ready to take that first step to recovery, all you need to do is reach out and contact our firm.

  • Maritime / Offshore Information

    Maritime / Offshore Information

    We at Arnold & Itkin have seen the level of devastation that offshore accidents can cause. From the explosion of oil rigs to maritime employers who place workers in dangerous conditions, we have seen and handled it all.

    If you or a loved one was injured in a maritime accident, we want you to know that we are here to help.

    On this site, you will be able to find all of the information that you need—information that is relevant to what you are going through and what you can expect. We will walk you through the different types of cases that we can handle, the laws that are involved, and, most importantly, the ways in which we can help you recover.

    If you have questions that you want answered or even if you are just looking to learn more about your scenario, we encourage you to explore all of the different sections of our site. Then, when you're ready to take that first step to recovery, all you need to do is reach out and contact our firm.

  • Offshore Injuries

    Offshore Injuries

    In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study looking into the frequency of fatal offshore injuries (2003-2010). At the conclusion, they noted that someone who is working in the offshore oil & gas industry is seven times more likely to die than any other worker.

    As officially the most dangerous industry in the country, it is no wonder that maritime workers find themselves suffering from devastating and even life-altering offshore injuries all too often.

    You as an injured maritime worker, or as a family member, have rights and ways in which you can seek proper compensation.

    By working with Arnold & Itkin, you can take the necessary steps to fight for the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

  • Offshore Accidents

    Offshore Accidents

    While working offshore is important, it is work that is frequently dangerous.

    Maritime workers are constantly at risk of devastating accidents.

    Some common examples of accidents that can occur while working offshore include falls, fires & explosions, equipment failures, and falling objects.

    If you were injured in an offshore accident, or if you have a loved one who was, you should not hesitate to contact an experienced maritime attorney as soon as possible. The wake of tragic offshore accidents can leave the injured with huge medical bills, immense pain, and confusion about what to do next.

    By contacting us, you can take the first step toward justice today.

  • Seaman Injury

    Seaman Injury

    Injured offshore? If you qualify as a "seaman," there are specific laws that deal with how you can go about recovering compensation. For example, maritime law permits injured seaman to recover compensation to cover lost wages, living expenses, and medical care. If the injury was caused by the employer's negligence, the seaman can file a case against for further compensation.

    So how does the court determine who is and who is not a seaman?

    There is a three-pronged test. First, to qualify as a seaman, the individual must be working on a vessel. Second, the individual must contribute to that vessel's function and/or the accomplishment of its mission. Third, the individual must be "connected" to the vessel and spend a significant amount of time aboard.

    To learn more about whether or not you qualify as a seaman, and how we can help, please do not hesitate to contact us at Arnold & Itkin today.

  • Maritime Law

    Maritime Law

    Laws which govern offshore activities are commonly referred to as maritime or admiralty law. There are many different branches of this law that look specifically into different functions, situations, and more.

    General Maritime Law is the most common law, which was created to provide adequate protection for seamen, especially when injured.

    Under this law, injured seaman benefit from "maintenance and cure." This is a doctrine that permits injured seamen to recover compensation to cover living expenses, lost wages, and medical care. The maritime employer is also required to "cure" a seaman by providing room and board and medical care.

    Other laws and acts related to maritime law include the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act—all of which can be used to help injured offshore workers.

  • Jones Act

    Jones Act

    In June of 1920, the U.S. Congress adopted the Merchant Marine Act. The passing of this act, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, helped provide formalized protection for seamen.

    The most well known sections deal with the protection for injured seamen. For example, this act provided seamen ways in which they could take legal action against ship owners for unseaworthy boats or negligence.

    Under the Jones Act, a seaman can file a claim for damages that include maintenance and cure, damages caused by negligence, as well as the unseaworthiness of a vessel.

    This law has gone a long way in helping give seamen paths to recovery in the wake of a serious accident. It, however, is not simple; it is important to have a knowledgeable maritime attorney on your side who can help you navigate it.

  • Longshoreman Rights

    Longshoreman Rights

    Not all maritime workers work out in the open water. In fact, one of the most common maritime jobs involves longshoremen—individuals who are employed in the port and are largely responsible for the loading and unloading of cargo. As they are not considered traditional "seamen," there are laws that deal specifically with individuals who work in this industry.

    The most well-known is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), which provides protection from employment-injury and occupational-disease.

    The LHWCA is similar to workers' compensation laws as it does not matter who was at fault for the accident; regardless, longshoremen and their families can recover financial compensation to cover everything from medical and disability payments to rehab to wrongful death benefits.

  • Harbor Workers

    Harbor Workers

    Harbor workers are not "seamen" in the traditional sense; however, they are still heavily involved in the maritime industry. These workers can be involved in many different maritime functions, including construction, conversion, or dry docking. Still, because they do not meet requirements of a seaman, they do not benefit from the same maritime laws as other offshore workers.

    Instead, harbor workers receive protection from the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. This protects those who sustain on-the-job injuries and/or occupational-diseases.

    The LHWCA operates similarly to workers' compensation; for example, it does not matter who was at fault for the accident—compensation can be recovered either way. Under the LHWCA, a harbor worker can recover just compensation if they were working in a ship or boat yard located on navigable waters.

  • Types of Injuries

    Types of Injuries

    No two offshore accidents are the same and neither are the injuries. In some cases, a maritime accident could lead to something minor like a contusion, shallow laceration, or a bump. This, however, is not always the case.

    All too often the injuries sustained in offshore accidents can be tragic, life-altering, or even fatal.

    For example, offshore workers may suffer injuries to the head, neck, or back. Not all injuries are physical either, as many victims of horrific maritime accidents may walk away suffering from PTSD.

    Regardless of the type of injury you sustained, if you are looking for knowledgeable help, you have come to the right place. Our firm has helped thousands of people to get their lives back on track. We have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of offshore injury victims.

  • Types of Accidents

    Types of Accidents

    Any accident that occurs to someone who is aboard a vessel in open waters is typically referred to as an "offshore accident." This, however, is where the similarities end. The types of offshore accidents that can occur are deeply varied. In some cases, the accident is tied into the type of vessel that the maritime worker is aboard. In other cases, it is related to the type of work they do, whether commercial fishing or shipbreaking.

    No matter how you were injured, you deserve to have a compassionate, aggressive attorney who is truly looking out for your best interests.

    At Arnold & Itkin, we have years of experience and have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. To learn more about how we can help, please give our law firm a call today.

  • Oil Rig Explosions

    Oil Rig Explosions

    One of the most devastating types of maritime accidents that can occur is the explosion of an oil rig. You see it in the headlines all of the time--an oil rig exploding and causing life-threatening injuries to those aboard. At our firm, we are intimately knowledgeable about the cases surrounding these fires and explosions and are well-prepared to help our clients recover however we can.

    In 2010, we represented more than a third of the crew members who were injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

    We saw first-hand the devastating impact that these accidents can have, and the way that the maritime workers suffer in the aftermath. These accidents are often fatal and, sadly, can usually be avoided with the proper care and caution. At our firm, we are committed to pursuing justice on behalf of those victimized by oil rig explosions. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

  • Maritime Piracy

    Maritime Piracy

    Pirates are not something limited to big screen movies. In fact, they are a very real and present danger to people in the offshore industry, with hundreds of vessels coming under pirate attack since 2007.

    Maritime piracy is very much on the rise, with 2009 seeing nearly double the attacks of 2008. Then, in 2010, four ships were hijacked within the span of a single week.

    Statistics such as this clearly demonstrate the very real threat that pirates pose to maritime workers, with attacks leading to serious injuries and even death.

    If you were injured in a pirate attack or if you lost a loved one, we encourage you to reach out and contact our firm. We understand the risks maritime workers face, and we are committed to helping them recover.

  • Company Profiles

    Company Profiles

    There is no shortage of maritime and energy-related companies, especially those who are involved in shipping, transporting, drilling, fishing, and other commercial activity in the Gulf of Mexico and abroad. From BP to Chevron to Hercules Offshore, we at our firm are intimately knowledgeable about many of these companies and have faced them in a courtroom before.

    We are well-equipped to go head-to-head with some of the biggest giants in the maritime industry.

    Would you like to learn more about the biggest maritime companies in the world? We have compiled a list of some of the most well-known and prominent companies, with the most important information for both. We encourage you to read through their profiles and learn more about where they are located, what they do, and general information about the company.

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What Are My Rights as an Injured Offshore Worker?

As an injured offshore worker you have the right to an attorney, you have the right to get your medical benefits taken care of, and you have the right to not talk to someone.

What Are My Rights as an Injured Offshore Worker? As an injured offshore worker you have the right to an attorney, you have the right to get your medical benefits taken care of, and you have the right to not talk to someone.

As an injured offshore worker you have the right to an attorney, you have the right to get your medical benefits taken care of, and you have the right to not talk to someone.

Dangerous Work Environment Why is the offshore work environment so dangerous and risky? Most of this can be attributed to the dangerous weather conditions—such as high wind, rain, and stormy seas.

Why is the offshore work environment so dangerous and risky? Most of this can be attributed to the dangerous weather conditions—such as high wind, rain, and stormy seas.

Will I Get Into Trouble? Will speaking with an attorney get you into trouble with my employer? The short answer, is no, because no one will know. At our firm, we keep all conversations completely confidential.

Will speaking with an attorney get you into trouble with my employer? The short answer, is no, because no one will know. At our firm, we keep all conversations completely confidential.

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