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At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we remain dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality representation in offshore personal injury claims. Over the years, we have been proud to provide our clients with representation in complex litigation and have been successful in recovering billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

To learn more about some of the successes of our experienced maritime lawyers, please read the articles below!

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Senator John McCain proposed an Open America’s Waters Act of 2017—this is Arizona Republican’s fourth effort to eliminate the Jones Act in the past eight years. The legislation appears to be a repeal of the U.S. trade protectionist law (46 US Code §55102) that restricts transportation of merchandise between U.S. ports and offshore U.S coastwise vessels. The Jones Act requires all goods shipped ...
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Recently, our blog comprehensively covered Bouchard Transportation's safety record —their history of ignoring serious vapor leaks, their culture of secrecy, and their high turnover rate that kept problems from being solved conclusively. All of these problems contributed to the barge explosion last October that killed two men. Our firm is representing the family of one of the men who died that ...
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Shell was fined £60,000 (almost $70,000) for health and safety breaches after a worker was struck by a cylinder and left severely injured at the platform, which was at the time undergoing decommissioning. The worker was severely injured while aboard the Brent Delta oil platform in the UK North Sea. The accident occurred when pressured nitrogen cylinder was discharged uncontrollably and as a result ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Seaman Injured on Tug

The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have recently filed suit against Savage Inland Marine LLC on behalf of a Jones Act seaman. The worker suffered personal injuries while he was fulfilling his duties as directed aboard a tug known as Savage Mentor. Here, the seaman was exposed to abundant amounts of mold, making the Savage Mentor unseaworthy . Because of his exposure to mold, the ...
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On October 20, ship engineer Timothy Lerette and a co-worker sailed into the dark waters of the Gulf to find his crewmates. He saw a lifejacket floating a short distance from the Bouchard-owned oil barge they worked on. He knew who it was: Du'jour Vanterpool, 26, one of two crewmembers working on the deck that night. He was dead. "We tried to retrieve him but he slipped out of his life jacket and ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP Jones Act lawyers Kurt Arnold, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis recently filed suit on behalf of a Texas offshore worker who was injured on the job. While performing his duties as instructed, the client was crushed by a large metal tile. This incident caused severe injuries that needed spinal surgery and will require ongoing medical care. Offshore work is an inherently dangerous job ...
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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Tankerman

The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Texas tankerman who was injured while working on a tugboat. The seaman collapsed from heatstroke brought on by working in a harsh and unsafe environment. He lost consciousness, hurt his neck, and sustained a traumatic brain injury due to his fall. Offshore work is a dangerous occupation as it is; it is essential ...
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Last October, a fatal barge explosion occurred off the Port Aransas coast , killing two men. While one man’s body was found several days after the tragic incident, the second still has not be found. On November 2, our law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of the presumed-dead sailor’s family. In that suit, we claimed that the company for which the decedent worked (Bouchard Transportation Company) had ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a new lawsuit today on behalf of an offshore oil rig worker who was struck by a piece of wire rope while working aboard the Noble Clyde Bordeaux. He sustained serious injuries to his face, jaw, and other parts of his body. The young man required emergency surgery to address his injuries, which were caused by the Defendants’ conduct and the unseaworthy condition of the ...
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After Years of Fighting, Injured Worker Sees Hope Our firm celebrates with an offshore worker who received justice as a result of an appeal. Earlier this week, a Texas appellate panel reinstated our client's $1,700,000 award against his employer. Our client was stripped of his rightful compensation when a lower court wrongfully categorized him as a "borrowed worker," barring his claims. In a 2-1 ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family who lost a loving husband and father in a tragic, but preventable, incident. Our client's loved one was working onboard a vessel off the coast of Angola when he suffered a massive heart attack. Sadly, he was unable to receive medical attention quickly enough to save him. Our offshore wrongful death lawyers have filed suit against ...
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Yesterday we published a blog talking about the USS McCain accident of August 2017, which led to the deaths of 10 U.S. sailors off the coast of Singapore. The incident is back in the news as 10 families bring lawsuits against the owners of the Alnic, the merchant tanker that collided with the McCain. Our very own Cory Itkin represents 9 of the 10 families. Today, we round up the most notable ...
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Last August, the USS John McCain lost steering and veered into the path of a merchant tanker, the Alnic, off the coast of Singapore. The collision between the two ships led to the deaths of 10 US sailors. Now, the sailors' families are taking legal action against the tanker ship that killed their loved ones. What has complicated the situation is the release of two reports, each of which finds ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a Mississippi River seaman who was injured because his vessel had a trap-door manhole cover. Our client stepped on it without realizing, causing a serious fall. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, arm, and other parts of his body. Injuries like this are more than an inconvenience. As a Chief Engineer, he was able to provide for his family of four before the ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a hardworking seaman who contracted a life-threatening respiratory illness two times while working aboard a cargo ship—the APL PHILLIPINES—out of Los Angeles, CA. Arnold & Itkin has filed suit against the ship’s owner and operator, both of whom owed our client a safe working environment free from toxic pathogens. In a context where most people are ...
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The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida seaman injured on a well intervention vessel. The roustabout had his hand crushed while working with cables. He needed his thumb amputated, in addition to sustaining other severe injuries. In a profession where a tight grip is necessary for virtually all tasks, losing a thumb is catastrophic. While working aboard ...
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May 22 Is National Maritime Day

Ever since 1607, the destiny of the United States has largely been decided on the seas. Of the original 13 colonies, 12 sat on the Atlantic coast, making each colony a seafaring state to varying degrees. Some of our nation’s greatest advancements depended on our ability to travel across the ocean—from our ability to trade with Britain, to our involvement in the World Wars hundreds of years later. ...
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Our blog has previously talked about the difference between the UK's approach to offshore safety and our country's approach. In essence, the difference is in what our industry's value. In Britain, offshore companies are willing to invest in safety before failure occurs. Safety officials create a list of dire risks and prepare for them, regardless of precedent. In the US, however, we only fix ...
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The offshore injury & maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Jones Act Seaman. While performing his assigned tasks onboard a vessel, our client was ordered to perform his tasks in an unsafe manner because the company refused to slow down and do things the proper, safe way. As a result, our client has now suffered spinal injuries that will impact him ...
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Case Filed for Roustabout Maritime Worker

Arnold & Itkin’s offshore lawyers filed a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of a roustabout who was injured on a Diamond Offshore drillship. The vessel was working in the Gulf of Mexico when the seaman injured his back helping load groceries on the vessel. The injured maritime worker resides in Florien, Louisiana. Arnold & Itkin filed the lawsuit in Harris County, Texas. Our attorneys are looking ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a hardworking seaman who was injured while working aboard a Harley Marine Gulf tugboat. The man sustained serious injuries to his back and other parts of his body while performing his job duties as assigned to him by his employer. The lawsuit was filed in Harris County, Texas. Our law firm exists to hold companies accountable for hurting ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a case on behalf of a tanker shoreman who sustained serious injuries when a barge operator failed to properly dock its barge. Because of this failure, our client was knocked down to the ground and dragged across a pier. As a result, he suffered back injuries, a torn ligament in his elbow, and other wounds to his body. Our legal team is honored that another worker ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently filed suit on behalf of a young man injured while working aboard a Hornbeck offshore supply vessel. Our client sustained serious injuries to his back and other areas of his body as he performing assigned job duties. After receiving medical treatment, he needed help in seeking fair financial compensation. That’s where Arnold & Itkin came in. Our lawyers have since filed in ...
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On October 20, a seaman was killed after the oil barge he was aboard exploded off the coast of Port Aransas. While picking up work from the Bouchard Transportation Company, the presumed-dead sailor set out for work on a company owned, operated, and managed vessel. Only a few hours after shipping off, he and another crew member were caught in the explosion and went missing. One of the missing crew ...
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Lawsuit Filed for Injured Seaman in Louisiana

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis filed a lawsuit today in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA against Crowley Marine Services, Inc. on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured aboard the ATB Legacy. Our client was required to perform job duties by himself, including the dangerous lifts that lead to his injuries. To compound matters, our client was not ...
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Setting The Standard For Maritime Law

  • $171 Million

    Arnold & Itkin spent years preparing and fighting for a case that resulted in a record-setting settlement.

  • $117 Million

    The victim of an ambulance accident was able to receive $117 million in a verdict after the firm proved negligence on behalf of the driver.

  • $110 Million

    Arnold & Itkin attorneys recovered $110 million on behalf of those seriously harmed by defective products.

  • $105 Million

    Arnold & Itkin fought for justice on behalf of those who had suffered from the use of defective products.

  • $97 Million

    In a massive win for justice, Arnold & Itkin obtained a $97 million settlement for our clients.

  • $87 Million

    Our law firm fought against a company who was unwilling to take responsibility for injures they caused our client. In the end, we were able to prove that the company was fully-liable for the accident. The result? A multi-million dollar settlement.

  • $76.6 Million

    The team at Arnold & Itkin was successful in obtaining a massive $76.6 million verdict for a boy who suffered gynecomastia due to Risperdal, a Johnson & Johnson drug.

  • $72 Million

    Arnold & Itkin achieved a massive settlement for a worker who lost their arm due to a company’s negligence.

  • $44 Million

    Arnold & Itkin LLP helped represent a man who had been severely injured in a crane accident, which caused his leg to be amputated. Lead Attorney Kurt Arnold helped to win $44 million on his behalf (which is the largest amputee verdict in the country).

  • $41 Million

    In a case involving a wronged client and one of the largest corporations in Hawaii, Arnold & Itkin, LLP secured a verdict of more than $41 million for their client.

  • $39.7 Million

    Attorneys Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis won a record $39.744 million verdict on behalf of a Texas worker who was severely burned after a dust fire and explosion occurred at his place of work.

  • $29 Million

    Our offshore injury law firm recovered a record settlement in an offshore death case.

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