Kyle Findley

Attorney

Attorney Kyle Findley

Attorney Kyle Findley plays a pivotal role in the representation of clients with Arnold & Itkin. Licensed to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, Kyle has represented plaintiffs and both state and federal courts—not only in the Gulf Coast region but from coast to coast. He has been involved cases that include business, offshore, land contamination, and serious personal injury cases; he was a key player in helping residents of the Gulf Coast to recover in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and the BP oil spill.

As a son of a lawyer and a sixth generation Texan, Kyle enjoyed successful results from the very start of his legal career, which has continued throughout the years. He has been involved in many cases at Arnold & Itkin that he tried to verdict, including numerous cases with a seven figure result. This type of success led to him being selected "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association, which is an awards program that recognizes lawyers who demonstrate excellence at 40 years of age or younger. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list (2015-2016) and has been awarded lifetime membership in both the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.

Kyle grew up in the Lone Star state and graduated from a local high school. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin where he graduated with a B.A. in government with business foundations. Kyle, however, did not immediately jump into the legal industry. Instead, he joined one of the nation's largest commercial real estate firms and worked not only with institutions, but also with individuals of high net worth. In fact, during his time working there, he was involved in closing the firm's largest national transaction.

While an exciting career, this was not where Kyle imagined spending his future—he found it did not provide him with the sense of personal fulfillment he so desired. So instead of continuing with the real estate industry, he chose to move forward into a legal profession. In pursuit of this, he enrolled in the South Texas College of Law. He remained active in the college and served both as a participant and as a finalist in mock trial tournaments, as well as moot court and arbitration competitions in Texas and Louisiana.

All the while, Kyle clerked for the legal team at Arnold & Itkin, which made for a smooth transition upon his graduation. He is now employed as a full-time attorney and puts his talents to work as he serves the best interests of the clients. Those who choose to work with him can be confident knowing he will go the distance in his efforts to provide the high-quality legal assistance that is truly needed. He is currently a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the American Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Association.

Education

  • University of Texas, B.A. in Government with Business Foundations
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

Awards

  • "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ (2015-2016)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®

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Maritime Information

  • April 21 2017

    Case Filed for Seaman Injured on Tugboat

  • April 13 2017

    Danger of Falling Objects at Sea

  • February 28 2017

    $8.9 Million Secured for Injured Seaman

Kyle Findley's Case Results

$76.6 Million Verdict Secured in Risperdal Case Against Johnson & Johnson

Attorneys Jason Itkin, Ces Tavares, and Kyle Findley of Arnold & Itkin won an impressive $76.6 million jury verdict on behalf of a boy who suffered gynecomastia, or irregular female breast growth. The verdict came against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical for their drug, Risperdal. The team was also assisted by Cory Itkin and Santana McMurrey from the firm. Both Jason and Kyle provided representation for the boy’s family, bringing a lawsuit against J&J for failing to provide a proper warning that their antipsychotic medicine, Risperdal, could lead to the development of female breasts. This verdict will help ensure that J&J is held accountable for causing such devastating disfigurement to Arnold & Itkin’s client.

J&J and Janssen Pharmaceuticals tried to argue that because their drug was the only drug that worked for the boy, he continued to stay on the drug—even though he was informed of the potential risks. They also tried to argue that Risperdal does not even cause gynecomastia, despite significant evidence that shows otherwise. Our team discovered pivotal evidence through careful cross-examination that was known in the case as “Tab 4.” It became crucial to our case and had never become public until the trial. This included scientific data that showed a clear link between Risperdal and the condition known as gynecomastia. Even though they had this information, J&J knowingly kept this evidence secret, hiding it from the FDA and burying it from scientific studies.

The Philadelphia jury found that Johnson & Johnson was guilty of falsifying, concealing, and/or destroying evidence. After just 11 days of trial, they unanimously agreed that J&J failed to warn of the side effects of Risperdal, thus causing our client to develop gynecomastia. They awarded our client $76.6 million—the largest single verdict in such a case.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 0.00.

$18.5 Million Verdict Secured for Plaintiffs in Second Williams Trial

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Kala Sellers stood up against corporate giants Williams Companies, Inc. and Sabic Petrochemicals to obtain an $18.5 million jury verdict for injuries wrongfully sustained in our clients. Though our firm thoroughly intends to bring Williams Companies, Inc. to further justice in future trials, juries have awarded our clients a combined $30 million from just two trials so far. This case was the first to hold Sabic Petrochemical financially responsible for the incident – the plant owners possessed a 16% stake at the time of the explosion. As our team pursues further trials against the parties responsible for this incident, we do so with our clients in mind, hopeful and honored to bring hard-working victims the justice they deserve.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 0.00.

Arnold & Itkin Wins $15.4 Million Jury Verdict for 4 Workers Injured in 2013 Geismar Explosion

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Kala Sellers have won a verdict of $15,458,434.32 for our clients, who were injured and traumatized by the Williams Olefins plant explosion in 2013. The blast occurred during a $400 million expansion project, which was initiated while operations continued at the plant. The CEO and the board of directors were warned that continuing operations would put workers at increased risk, but they overruled the safety warnings and ordered that the plant continue operating instead of shutting down for a few months for the expansion project.

As a result, a reboiler over-pressurized from the lack of a functioning valve, causing an explosion that could be seen for miles. Our clients were all injured in the blast and were forced to flee the site immediately. The event left them with both physical and psychological injuries, and they needed compensation to help heal.

The plant’s owners’ parent company, Williams Companies, Inc., attempted to limit their compensation by placing the blame on Williams Olefins LLC—the holding company for the plant. With a vast amount of experience with plant operations, Arnold & Itkin attorneys set out to find the truth. After receiving over 100,000 documents, we found that the pressure relief valve for the reboiler was not opened.

More importantly, we found that the isolated reboiler was the subject of multiple audits and safety warnings—all of which were ignored, as the necessary repair was never provided. We discovered evidence that the Defendants had “substantial certainty” that an explosion would occur under those circumstances. As a result, our clients could seek compensation beyond the limits set by workers’ compensation. The most vital evidence we found, however, was proof that Williams Companies, Inc. were the true employers of plant managers and personnel, and were in control of daily operations at the site.

During trial, the Defendants insisted that they were protected by the statutory employer defense. They continued to exclusively blame Williams Olefins LLC, which would limit their responsibility for the explosion. However, after 3 weeks the jury saw the truth—they awarded a judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs, and found that the plant managers were actually employees of Williams Companies, Inc.

As a result, the jury assigned 95% responsibility to Williams Companies, Inc. and 3% to Williams Olefins LLC. Both were found to have substantial certainty about the inevitability of an explosion, and so a sizable award was able to be given to our clients.

The jury awarded our clients the following: Shawn Thomas ($9.4 million), Christopher Devall ($3.6 million), Eduardo Elizondo ($360,000), and Michael Danton ($205,000). The award was made of the original judgment ($13,679,933.) as well as pre-judgment interest ($1,778,409.79). All told, our clients were awarded over $15.4 million for their injuries and pain.

Arnold & Itkin was proud to help our clients get the help and justice they needed. We are also honored to be representing over 100 more workers in upcoming trials with Clayton, Fruge, and Ward—fighting to get every injured worker the compensation due to them. This case was presided over by the Honorable Elizabeth Engolio and was filed in Iberville Parish, Louisiana.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 0.00.

$9 Million Settlement for Man Injured at Texas Plant

Attorneys Kyle Findley and Kurt Arnold of Arnold & Itkin LLP represented a Louisiana man who was injured at a Texas plant after falling through an open hole. Our client sustained second and third degree burns to his legs. In the case, we found that both the plant and the contractors knew about the hole but did not take the proper steps to barricade it. We settled the case after 10 depositions and one week before trial was set to begin.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 3952832.75.

$5.5 Million for Injured Offshore Worker

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley recovered $5,500,000 on behalf of an injured offshore worker. The worker was assisting in plug and abandonment work on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico when co-workers dropped a pipe on his head. As a result, the offshore worker suffered severe injuries, which resulted in treatment with orthopedic doctors and a neck surgery. This was a particularly impressive result because the defendants raised the issue of whether the offshore worker was a Jones Act seaman. However, Arnold & Itkin was able to successfully argue that he was a seaman and spent a good amount of his work aboard a vessel and contributed to the vessel's mission. The attorneys were also able to develop evidence to show that other defendants on the platform were negligent, as well as jointly and severely liable for his injuries. The case was pending in Chambers County and settled one month before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 2405161.58.

Plant Explosion Victim Receives $4,000,000 Settlement

After incurring severe injuries in a Texas refinery explosion, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley were successful in representing this Mississippi man in order to receive compensation for his injuries. As a result of this explosion, the victim suffered from a herniated disk in his lower back as well as a broken arm which required surgery in order recover. Though he was injured on the job, the workers' compensation repayment was not nearly enough to help the victim, which is when he sought out Arnold & Itkin for representation. The Defendant settled the case for $4,000,000; it was filed in Houston, Texas.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 1721868.67.

$3.9 Million Settlement Achieved for Infection Victim

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Cesar Tavares represented a mariner who was grievously injured after contracting an infection from contaminated water aboard a vessel. Our client not given proper medical attention following the incident; eventually, his lower leg was amputated as a result. The employer attempted to argue that the amputation was our client’s fault for not controlling his diabetes; however, our firm was able to prove that the company had a long-standing problem with water quality, which put our client in severe danger. We also showed that the company carelessly addressed our client’s serious health condition. Our firm accomplished this through our tireless efforts to review company records, locate former employees, and depose both supervisors and managers. In the end, we successfully negotiated a $3,995,000 settlement.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 1759960.44.

$3.75 Million Settlement Secured by Arnold & Itkin, LLP for Injured Jones Act Seamen

A $3.75 million settlement has been issued to an injured seamen who was represented by some of Arnold & Itkin's finest offshore injury attorneys – Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley. The injured Jones Act Seamen used the prestigious law firm to file a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas, where he brought the injuries to his left hand and arm to the attention of the court system. A 42-year-old resident of Virginia, the seamen's injuries were sustained onboard a large vessel for an offshore marine transportation operator in the Gulf of Mexico. While conducting a standard inspection of the vessel's engine room, the firm's client was struck and seriously injured by a large fan blade that effectively severed his left arm. With the help of Arnold & Itkin, LLP, however, the seamen's medical bills and injury expenses will now be covered by the $3 million-plus settlement he has been awarded.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 1574454.32.

$2.9 Million Verdict Awarded to Hurt Offshore Crane Mechanic

In Harris County, TX, Attorneys Kyle Findley and Ces Tavares fought to help an injured offshore crane mechanic recover from career-ending injuries. Our client had been contracted as a crane mechanic in the Gulf of Mexico West Cameron field for W&T Offshore, Inc. at the time of the incident. He had been changing the main block on the crane when a cable snapped—sending a 67-pound anti two block weight falling 60 feet onto his left foot, causing several fractures that required him to be sent by helicopter to shore for medical treatment.

Despite the severity of the injuries, W&T argued that they were not at fault for the injury at all; instead, they claimed that the blame rested entirely with the plaintiff as he was the only one who knew about the cable and therefore the only person who would have been able to prevent the incident. W&T, along with its insurers, withdrew all settlement offers months before the beginning of the trial and refused to negotiate a settlement.

We took the cause to trial in Harris County, which lasted seven days. The jury then deliberated for one hour before they found W&T to be 100% at fault for the incident and awarded every dollar of damages that Kyle requested on behalf of the client. In the end, the awarded $2,809,899 in damages with $144,248.61 in pre-judgment interest, bringing the total recovery to $2,954,147.33 for the injured crane mechanic.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 0.00.

$2.75 Million Settlement for Louisiana Landowners

Landowners in Southwest Louisiana worked with Arnold & Itkin LLP to bring a case against several oil companies that had used their land for gas processing plant operations. Some of the contamination could be dated back to the 1960's. The landowners were not aware of the contamination and did not consent to the disposal of hazardous materials on their property. The oil companies that participated in the use of the processing plant were named in the lawsuit brought by Arnold & Itkin due to their role in the contamination. Environmental experts were brought in to test the land and developed a plan for remediation that led to the case being settled out of court for $2.75 million.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 1148224.88.

$2.375 Million Negotiated in Damaged Property Case

Arnold & Itkin was able to settle with the oil and gas companies while the suit was still pending for $2.375 million. The South Louisiana first came to Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley when they noticed some potential damage on their property. There were several buried pieces of rusty pipes and numerous patches of grass missing near former oil pits used by companies in the past. We brought out experts to determine if these past oil and gas operations were the cause of damage. The defendants had the case moved to the United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana, Lake Charles Division, but settled prior to the lawsuit making it to federal court.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 1003284.93.

Maritime Attorneys Secure $2 Million for Injured Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley took on the case of a Jones Act worker who was injured while performing his job duties on a vessel off the Gulf of Mexico. The firm was able to secure $2 million on behalf of the worker after just one deposition. The plaintiff in this case was a seaman in Cameron County, Texas who suffered a serious back injury on the job. The client was ordered to move a heavy roll of gasket material while on the ship. This is what led to his eventual back injury. Although our client reported his injury to a supervisor, he did not receive medical treatment until a week later. Orthopedic doctors have advised that the plaintiff should receive extensive medical treatment which will include surgery in order to repair his back.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 831315.53.

$1.75 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Relief Mate

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Ces Tavares recently represented a Mississippi man who was working as a relief mate for a towboat company on the Mississippi river. Our client had been tightening the winch on a tow when it slipped—causing him to fall. He received treatment from orthopedic doctors, but eventually his injuries required surgery. Our firm worked to gather and develop evidence proving that the vessel was undermanned at the time of his accident; however, the defendant still refused responsibility and placed all blame on our client. Several depositions occurred before the defendant agreed to a $1.75 million settlement.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 781792.25.

Injured Crane Operator Recovers $1,750,000

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley recently represented a crane operator who had injured his back when a refinery exploded. Through the hard work of the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin, LLP, the case was settled for $1,750,000.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 780824.38.

$1.675 Million Recovered for Injured Oilfield Worker

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Kala Sellers secured $1.675 million on behalf of a Texas man who suffered severe injuries while working on a drilling rig in North Dakota. Our client was struck by malfunctioning tongs that pinned him to the equipment, causing fractured vertebrae, broken ribs, and other injuries that eventually led to our client’s kidney needing to be removed. The defendant argued that under Chapter 95, they were immune from liability. Despite the legal defenses that they raised, we were able to negotiate a fair settlement of $1.675 million just one week before trial in Bexar County, Texas.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 758220.42.

$1.6M Settlement for Injured Platform Wireline Operator

In a recent maritime law case, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley represented a platform wireline operator who had suffered neck and head injuries after being struck by metal grating. The injuries were severe enough to result in the plaintiff requiring to undergo neck surgery during recovery. The case had heavy contention regarding liability due to pre-existing conditions, as well as age. Our firm was successful, however, in helping our client to reach a $1.6M settlement shortly after mediation.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 717096.32.

$1.5 Million Settlement in Death of Jones Act Seaman

In a case involving the injuries and ensuing death of a Jones Act seaman, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley successfully recovered $1,500,000 for the victim's son. The seaman was working offshore when an electrical explosion caused severe burns on the man's body. Litigation lasted for six months while the seaman was alive and continued after the seaman died of a pulmonary embolism. The attorneys worked tirelessly to point the previous burn injuries to the overall cause of the seaman's death and were successful when the case was settled one month before trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 595823.09.

$1.4 Million for Worker Injured on Scaffolding

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley recovered $1,400,000 on behalf of an injured Texas worker. The plaintiff was working on a blowout preventer at an elevated height at a large facility in Louisiana. After completing the work, the plaintiff headed towards the ladder to exit the structure when the railing on the scaffold gave way, causing him to fall 10 feet, landing on the concrete. As a result, the plaintiff suffered severe injuries to his head and back. Unfortunately, he had to undergo treatment with orthopedic doctors and ultimately a back surgery. The attorneys filed suit in Harris County, alleging that the companies failed to properly inspect and maintain the scaffold. The defendants tried to place blame on the plaintiff for not wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident. During discovery, Arnold & Itkin was able to develop evidence showing, that during the scaffold inspection, the defendant failed to recognize that the railing was not secured with pins. In addition, Arnold & Itkin developed evidence to prove that defendant's theory was irrelevant because plaintiff would have hit the concrete even with a safety harness. The case was successfully resolved two weeks before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 698013.80.

$1,200,000 Settlement for Seamen Injured off the Louisiana Coast

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley represented two Jones Act seamen who were working aboard a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. The two seamen were severely injured when the ship was run aground, the sudden collision causing them to be thrown across the back deck. One of the seamen suffered neck and back injuries; the other seaman suffered injuries to his back, knee, and foot. The injured seamen immediately started receiving orthopedic treatment, and we were able to obtain a $1.2 million settlement on week before trial in Harris County.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 536070.31.

$1,087,500 Settlement in Jones Act Injury Case

After weeks of negotiations and the second mediation, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley of Arnold & Itkin LLP were able to settle a Jones Act case for the sum of $1,087,500. The settlement will cover the costs of medical attention and loss of wages for our client. As a 27-year-old drill barge deckhand, the plaintiff was performing a blind lift with his crewmates when he was hit in the face and neck by the pipe. After being knocked unconscious and falling several feet, he sustained significant injuries and contacted the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP. Plaintiff was not fully aware of his rights to compensation according to the Jones Act, so he contacted the firm from their website to discuss his options and pursue compensation. The representatives worked quickly to file a personal injury lawsuit in Harris County under the Jones Act and after some time, were able to settle with the company and obtain significant damages.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 528592.16.

$1,030,000 Obtained for Jones Act Seaman Injured by a Drill Pipe

After a Jones Act seaman was injured by a drill pipe that rolled onto his foot, our team at Arnold & Itkin was able to represent him and help him fight for the financial damages he deserved. The seaman was a roustabout on a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico and sustained severe injuries while assisting a crane in transferring pipes to another deck on the vessel. Thanks to the efforts of Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley, a settlement of $1,030,000 was obtained for the man.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 488394.71.

$1M Recovered for Man Injured While on the Job

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley represented a client who had been injured after working to tack welding strips of metal in a machine. The machine, which indexed backward and forward, closed—catching the worker inside and ultimately crushing his hip and breaking his leg. The severe injuries resulted in a life-flight to a local hospital and several surgeries. We were able to prove the employer was at fault for allowing workers to get inside of the machine, and we were able to negotiate a settlement of $1 million on behalf of our client.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 368587.39.

$975,000 Settlement for Seaman with Back Injuries

Arnold & Itkin recently represented a seaman who was injured while transferring a tank from his vessel to a platform. The man is from Alabama and the incident itself took place near the Gulf of Mexico. His injuries were so severe that he was forced to undergo surgery for his lower back. Our firm is pleased to announce that we successfully settled the lawsuit on behalf of the injured Jones Act Seaman. Despite the fact that the defendants denied all responsibility for the accident, claiming that they were pre-existing injuries, we obtained past and future maintenance and a cure award on the seaman's behalf. We used a tactful approach and dedicated ourselves to the case in order to prove the negligence of the defendants responsible for this offshore incident. One week for the trail date, the defendants paid the full demand amount of $975,000.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 474005.10.

Explosion Victims with PTSD Receive Over $900,000 Settlement

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley were able to secure a successful settlement for two of their clients who were injured in an explosion. The clients were workers who were involved in an explosion incident at the workplace. This case was able to be settled for $919,562.00. As a result of the workplace explosion, the two employees suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and some physical injuries as well. One of the clients sustained a back injury that may require surgery to repair.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 714711.88.

$850,000 Recovered for Injured Seaman

10 months after a Louisiana Jones Act Seaman was injured while working on a dredging vessel, Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a successful settlement for the worker. The man sustained both neck and rib injuries while assisting with dredging operations on inland waters. He was assigned to work as part of the crew for the dredging vessel, during which time he suffered serious injuries. While standing on a moving dock, the plaintiff was attempting to move a swing line as directed. However, the dock was struck by the vessel, which caused him to fall and injure his neck and break several ribs. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley aggressively represented the man, obtaining an $850,000 settlement just a week prior to the trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 404515.70.

$800,000 Recovered for Worker Who Injured Herself

After a female galley-hand suffered serious neck injuries while attempting to throw a bag of garbage over her head, our legal team represented her. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley were able to successfully obtain $800,000 for her.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 433165.15.

$800,000 for an Injured Worker

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley recently secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of a client that was injured at work. The client was cleaning out machinery with his hand when the operator activated the machine, severing two of his fingers. During discovery, the attorneys were able to secure evidence that the operator had been pulled off of this machine earlier for not paying attention, and was using his cell phone at the time of the incident. The attorneys were very pleased with the result because the defendants maintained that workers compensation laws prevented the client from filing a lawsuit against his employer. With dedication to the case, the attorneys were able to prevent dismissal of the case by attacking the employment contract and presenting evidence that the client was not a borrowed employee. After several hearings regarding the client’s employment status, the case settled at mediation.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 367663.00.

$750,000 Settlement Recovered Following Boat Crash

On the Mississippi River, a boat accident occurred after the captain fell asleep, leaving a 55-year-old Louisiana seaman with neck injuries that ultimately required surgery. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley stepped in to help represent the injured and filed the case in Louisiana state court. Our firm was successful in securing a $750,000 settlement just a few weeks before trial and got the company to pay for surgery.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 370132.93.

Injured Commercial Diver Receives $750,000 Settlement

Maritime Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley were able to secure a $750,000.00 settlement on behalf of their client, an injured commercial diver. The man was injured at work while hoisting his heavy diving equipment. The injuries to his lower back eventually required surgery to repair. Arnold & Itkin considers this an incredibly successful settlement, considering elements of the case such as preexisting back conditions and a history of lower wage earnings.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 340590.43.

$750,000 for Roustabout from Louisiana

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley recently secured a $750,000 settlement on behalf of a Jones Act seaman from Louisiana. The client was a roustabout aboard a jack-up vessel in the Gulf of Mexico when he was struck by a cable in the neck and back. While in the process of spooling cable with the crane operator and foreman, the loose end of the cable came loose and struck the plaintiff, knocking him to the deck. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff had to undergo a back surgery. The case was successfully resolved after one deposition. The case was pending in Harris County.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 345905.20.

$750k Settlement Recovered for Injured Jones Act Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Scott Armstrong successfully secured a $750,000 settlement for a Jones Act seaman injured by poorly-repaired equipment. When he needed the financial security that compensation would provide, he turned to Arnold & Itkin for the effective and skilled litigation the firm is known for. While docked at a port in Texas, he was ordered to enter the engine room to start the engines. In the process, unsecured equipment fell on him, injuring his shoulders and neck. Our attorneys demonstrated to the ship’s owner that repairs in the engine room were not completed properly through thorough and numerous depositions. Two weeks prior to trial, the shipping company chose to settle after recognizing that our attorneys were more than ready to present their case to a jury. Now, our client has compensation for his injuries that provide for his medical costs, lost wages, and future security.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 427797.82.

Jones Act Suit Settled for $700,000 for Injured Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley were able to successfully settle a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of an injured seaman who was severely hurt on the job. After negotiating with the defendant company, they were able to reach a settlement figure of $700,000 the week before the case was to go to trial. In addition to the monetary settlement, the defendant company also agreed to pay any additional costs for the victim's surgery under the maintenance and cure requirement as well. The seaman was injured when he slipped and fell aboard a research vessel, injuring his lower back. Due to the severity of the injury, the seaman was required to undergo surgery; though fortunately the extensive costs will be covered in the settlement with the employer. The case was pending in Harris County.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 355889.71.

$700,000 Won on Behalf of Louisiana Landowner

Lawyers from Arnold & Itkin secured a settlement worth $700,000 on behalf of a landowner in Grand Lake, Louisiana whose property was negatively affected by oilfield operations. The owner recently encountered the problem when inspecting a part of their land where grass would not grow. The source of the problem dates back seven decades to the 1940's, when certain oil companies were using the property for drilling operations. They failed to remove their equipment from the property after drilling had ceased, resulting in the current property damage. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley handled the claim, eventually negotiating the favorable settlement on the client's behalf.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 316864.21.

$700,000 Settlement On Behalf of Injured Motorist

Representing an injured motorist, Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Kala Sellers obtained $700,000 in compensation two weeks before the trial. The defendant turned into a gas station from the far right lane and struck the plaintiff who was driving in the left lane. By successfully proving the defendant was improperly trained by the company during his employment, they were able to recover compensation. This recovery was of maximum benefit to the plaintiff who had received treatment from orthopedic doctors which even included back surgery. Ft. Bend County, Texas was the location of the pending case.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 341221.88.

Arnold & Itkin Recovers $675,000 for Injured Jones Act Seaman

Arnold & Itkin fought hard for a man who sustained injuries after a piece of metal grating was dropped on him. While the defendants questioned whether or not the man was a Jones Act seaman, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley argued that the man spent the majority of his time on a vessel. As a result of our tenacious efforts, our legal team was able to recover $675,000 for the injured seaman and help him move forward with his life.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 326064.54.

$650,000 Recovered for Injured Jones Act Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Kyle Findley recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Jones Act Seaman just four days before the trial was set to begin. The plaintiff had been working as an engineer onboard a dredging vessel when he fell from a ladder, resulting in several broken ribs and injuries to his neck and back. Although the defendant had refused to pay maintenance and cure for the seaman's injuries throughout the course of litigation—claiming that too much time had passed between the accident and the seaman's complaints of neck and back pain—Arnold & Itkin was able to make a strong case in our client's favor. The defendant blamed the seaman's carelessness for the accident, but our firm was able to show that the defendant was, in fact, negligent in failing to equip the ladder with slip resistant materials. The attorneys were also able to prove that the denial of maintenance and cure was improper. As a result, the defendant agreed to settle the case for $650,000 four days before trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 325088.92.

$600,000 Secured for Jones Act Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley successfully recovered $600,000 for an injured Jones Act seaman. The plaintiff was employed as a maintenance crew member on board a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico when he suffered injuries. A rope ladder was hanging outside of the vessel during transit and plaintiff was instructed to pull the ladder inside while the vessel continued traveling in rough waters. As a result, the plaintiff had to undergo extensive medical care and ultimately a neck surgery. The defendants claimed that the injuries were due to the seaman’s age since he was 59 years old at the time of injury. Arnold & Itkin’s attorneys continued to fight on behalf of their client, developing evidence that the injuries were caused by the negligent instruction of the defendant. The case settled one week before trial for $600,000
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 308287.78.

$595,000 for Injured Motorist

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley obtained a $595,000 settlement on behalf of an injured motorist in Harris County. The plaintiff was traveling on a two lane highway in the early morning hours when he collided with an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler driver had missed his turn and was attempting to perform an illegal U-turn in the early morning fog. As a result, the plaintiff did not have time to stop his vehicle and hit the trailer of the 18-wheeler, suffering numerous injuries to his head, neck, and back. The attorneys filed suit alleging that the company failed to properly train its drivers among other violations that surfaced during the course of discovery. The plaintiff had to undergo treatment with orthopedic doctors and endured back surgery. The case was pending in Houston Federal Court and was successfully resolved two weeks before trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 315668.50.

$572,000 Settlement Obtained for Injured Port Security Guard

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley successfully settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of an injured port security guard. The plaintiff was a security guard at a port terminal in Texas who suffered injuries when an 18-wheeler hit a barricade, pushing it into the guard shack. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff suffered injuries to his neck and back. The attorneys were pleased with the result because the defendants claimed the injuries were pre-existing due to a prior back surgery. The team at Arnold & Itkin was able to develop clear liability evidence and obtain the necessary testimony to defeat the defenses. The case was pending in Harris County and settled on the day of trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 270700.70.

Arnold & Itkin Wins $565,000 on Behalf of Trucking Accident Victim

Our client was driving along the road when she was hit by a big-rig truck driven by a commercial motorist. The driver of the truck claimed that our client was in an ideal position to go around the truck and could have avoided the accident. Still, our client filed suit against the owner of the truck, seeking damages for the medical costs of a surgery. She injured her back in the collision, and was required to undergo surgery as a result. The case went to an out-of-court mediation, and the mediator proposed a settlement that did not please either party. When our client got the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP involved in the case, they were able to convince the defendant's insurance carrier to issue a $565,000 settlement. This is higher than the original amount offered.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 281947.46.

Injured Jones Act Seaman Receives $550,000 in Damages

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley have had the privilege of representing an injured Jones Act seaman and with their combined efforts they were able to recover $550,000 for his pain and suffering. The plaintiff was a vicitim of a lower back injury as a result of carrying 100 pound sacks of drilling material. The client states that his injuries were due to the lack of provisions by his employer to properly protect his back while doing heavy lifting. The plaintiff also claims that the injury was a result of the personnel on the job not having the proper equipment for protection, nor were there enough personal present to safety go about the procedure. The case was settled prior to the client receiving surgery for his injury.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 268935.16.

$550K Recovered for Injured Crab Fishermen in Louisiana

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley secured a $550,000 settlement from a boating company seeking to limit their liability through legal action. Five commercial crab fishermen suffered damages, four of them injuries, when the defendant piloted their boat too close to our clients while gathering crab traps. The wake of the vessel caused severe damage to our client’s vessel and injured four crew members. By filing a limitation of liability action, the defendant refused to pay a dime more than the worth of the vessel. However, through skilled investigation, our attorneys learned that the boat captain was inadequately trained. Equipped with this knowledge, Arnold & Itkin was prepared to challenge the defendant’s actions in court. As a result, three days before trial was to begin, the defendant settled with our clients for three times what they were originally planning to provide.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 355172.32.

$515,000 Settlement for Victim of Commercial Vehicle Accident

When exiting a Valero gas station in Brownsville, TX, a woman was hit by a commercial vehicle; the defendant's vehicle had jumped the curb to hit our client. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley took on the case. The defendants claimed that it had been a sudden emergency as the defendant's brakes had stopped working; they also claimed that our client had suffered from lower back injuries prior to the accident.

We were able to settle the case one month before trial after two mediations. During the first mediation, the defendant's proposed a "best and final" offer, which we rejected. In the following depositions, we showed through evidence that the vehicle's maintenance records had been discarded; we filed a motion for spoliation of evidence. Once again, we went into mediation with the defendants and rejected their offer. One week before the hearing for the spoliation of evidence, we were able to achieve a settlement of $515,000.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled 260484.48.

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