Offshore Injury Blog

Aug 28

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Arnold & Itkin News
On August 27, 2015, in a span of two hours, Arnold & Itkin obtained two substantial verdicts against W&T Offshore in two separate cases tried in Harris County Judicial District Courts. In Wesley Fredieu v. W&T Offshore , the jury took less than three hours to find the company liable for $1,700,000 in damages caused to Mr. Fredieu when a fuel gas header on one its offshore platforms exploded and ...
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Aug 27

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Jones Act, Maritime Law
As one of the oldest forms of commerce, maritime trade employs countless seaman and workers across the globe. When a maritime worker is involved in an accident, they have certain rights and protections under the law. While land-based workers are given workers’ compensation, maritime workers are given maintenance and cure under the Jones Act and general maritime law . In addition, and injured ...
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Aug 18

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Employer Negligence

The Cause of Maritime Accidents

Maritime accidents are often more devastating than accidents in other occupations. This is due to a few factors: for one, many maritime accidents occur a long distance from the nearest aid. The lag time between the injury and help arriving creates far worse consequences. Another reason is that maritime workers often deal with dangerous machinery in difficult weather, increasing the chances of a ...
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Aug 17

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Offshore Safety

What Is a Roustabout?

Roustabouts: The Bottom of the Totem Pole Roustabouts are maintenance workers in the oil and natural gas industry. They are essentially the “guys on the ground,” responsible for making sure oil wells are running efficiently and constantly. As a result, a roustabout’s duties are often flexible and varied, ranging from sweeping the floors of the rig to handling dangerous chemicals. Some common ...
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Aug 14
Back in November 2012, a tragic offshore fire and explosion took the lives of three Filipino workers and resulted in serious injuries to several others. The Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations accident in the Gulf of Mexico rocked the offshore industry, bringing up memories of the devastating BP oil spill and explosion. Arnold & Itkin has provided representation to one of the men injured in the ...
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Aug 7
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are proud to extend our help to injured offshore workers from coast to coast. Backed by years of experience, our maritime injury attorneys have been successful in recovering more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients—and we are ready to help you fight for what you deserve. Maritime Injury Lawyers Serving the Entire Gulf Coast We know that ...
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Assumption of Risk

Understanding How Assumption of Risk May Impact Your Case When you have suffered serious injuries due to a maritime or offshore accident , the last thing on your mind may be getting into a major legal battle with your employee or the party at fault. Unfortunately, even in cases where obvious negligence took place, the liable party will often try to fight this liability to avoid having to ...
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Aug 5
The maritime industry employs commercial divers on a full-time or contract basis to provide inspections or maintenance of offshore structures beneath the surface of the ocean. Given the harsh environment and the depths at which they are required to work, commercial diving is an especially dangerous job. Because of the specialization of their work, commercial divers are often forced to perform ...
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Jul 31

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Offshore Accidents
It is no secret that offshore vessels are dangerous places to work. One of the biggest hazards on many offshore vessels is work that must be performed in a confined space. In addition to hazards that are present in open spaces such as being struck by an object, confined spaces contain additional unique hazards. Even hazards that are minor in open spaces can become exacerbated by conditions in a ...
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Jul 24

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Maritime Law

Looking for the Best Maritime Attorney?

Maritime litigation (sometimes known as admiralty law) is a broad area of law dealing with disputes, accidents, or legal claims taking place offshore or in international waters. Interestingly, maritime law in the U.S. is the only practice area that predates the Constitution. As a result, the structure of laws regarding the sea and open water often does not resemble their land counterparts. The ...
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Transfer Risks Offshore Workers Face The Gulf of Mexico is filled with lift boats, jack up rigs , drilling rigs, and platforms . These structures are all necessary for the retrieval of gas and oil from the region's rich mineral deposits. In order to transfer workers to and from their jobsites, many companies use personnel baskets or Billy Pugh baskets to get the job done. As any worker who has ...
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Jul 21

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Arnold & Itkin News
The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit recently on behalf of an Arizona man who was injured while he was aboard a fishing yacht. Our client was on the second deck of the yacht when the captain of the vessel came to an abrupt stop while traveling at a high speed. The force of the stop caused our client to fall to the floor of the second deck. During his fall, he hit his head on a ...
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At approximately 1:20 a.m. on Monday, two eastbound Kirby Inland Marine barges and two westbound Enterprise Marine Services barges collided at mile marker 349 near Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. The two Kirby barges had been being pushed by the tug Capt. Shorty C; the other barges were being pushed by the tug Jackie. According to a U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer, the accident occurred after one of ...
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Jul 17

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The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex located on the southeast side of Houston. It connects to the Gulf of Mexico and is the country’s busiest port for foreign exports. In terms of total tonnage, it is the country’s second busiest port, trailing only the Port of South Louisiana. The port traffics over 200 million tons of goods each year. Port of Houston Statistics No. of major cargo ...
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