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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!

Since October of 2017, Arnold & Itkin has closely followed the events surrounding the investigation of a Bouchard Transportation Co.'s Barge No. 255, which exploded and erupted into a violent fire just off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas. Our barge explosion attorneys are representing the family of Zachariah Jackson, one of the two workers killed during the incident. Officials never located ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , and Alison Baimbridge recently filed a lawsuit against two major companies that operate offshore. Our lawyers filed this case on behalf of a Jones Act seaman for injuries he sustained while lifting extremely heavy canisters aboard a drilling ship. Vessel owners must protect their workers and ensure that they have the ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently filed a case on behalf of a man who suffered severe injuries while working on a boat. His injuries were caused by a collision with another vessel on March 8, 2019. Our client, a tankerman and former naval officer, sustained injuries to his head, neck, shoulder and other parts of his body when the collision occurred. Head , neck, and shoulder injuries are frequently ...
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Arnold & Itkin is representing a young man who sustained serious injuries to his back while working on a tugboat in the Mississippi River. The man fell while working on board and landed on his back. The defendants failed to provide our client with a safe working environment and failed to train other employees, which exposed the young man to significant harm. It is the employer’s responsibility to ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Jones Act Seaman

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a young Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured aboard a drillship. Our client was working on the drillship when another worker kicked a pipe, causing it to roll onto our client’s leg, shattering it. Our client was forced to seek ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Young Seaman

Arnold & Itkin filed suit in St. Louis on behalf of a young seaman who suffered shoulder and neck injuries while working in Mississippi. His captain ordered him to perform lifting work that was patently unsafe, and our client’s future suffers as a result of injuries suffered during these activities. After the accident, the company terminated him and refused to comply with their maintenance and ...
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Arnold & Itkin is proud to represent a man from Midlothian, Texas who was severely injured while working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The man was ordered to test some lifeboats on the defendants’ drilling rig. While the defendants were pulling the man and his crew back into the rig, the boat dropped, jarring the man’s body and injuring his back. The man has already undergone back surgery. Back ...
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Arnold & Itkin’s offshore wrongful death attorneys recently filed a case on behalf of the family of a young man who lost his life while performing tow work in the Baton Rouge area. The worker was on a barge when it collided with another vessel, causing him to fall into the water and drown. His captain had a duty to operate the barge safely. To make matters worse, the employer let down the young ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Offshore Worker

Arnold & Itkin is proud to represent a young man from Winnsboro, Louisiana who was severely injured while working on an offshore platform off the coast of Louisiana. Despite heavy winds and weather conditions that made the working conditions dangerous, the young man was still ordered to work. Unfortunately, he sustained severe injuries to his back and other parts of his body that will require ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit in Dutchess County, New York on behalf of a Jones Act seaman injured on the Hudson River. The employer responsible for the work accident refused to provide our client access to the medical treatment he needs for his injuries. It is the employers’ responsibility to ensure that he receives the medical treatment and compensation he needs. Under the Jones Act, employers are ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit today against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured when he was attacked by a coworker. Our client was struck in the face with a pole by a co-worker who lost his temper without reason. To compound matters, the defendant company conducted an inadequate investigation ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a contractor severely burned in a fire at the John Bludworth shipyard in Corpus Christi, Texas. An electrical box that had previously had problems caught fire again and burned the worker over several parts of his body and required a lengthy hospital stay. Burn injuries are some of the costliest injuries any person can suffer. Between weeks of hospitalization, ...
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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. The platform was being decommissioned when the worker was severely injured aboard the Brent Delta oil platform in the North Sea. The accident occurred when pressured nitrogen cylinder was discharged uncontrollably and as a result injured 3 ...
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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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  • $205 Million

    Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for multiple clients against a well-equipped defendant.

  • $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.

  • $116 Million

    Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a record confidential settlement for plaintiffs.

  • $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.

  • $75 Million

    Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive eight-figure settlement on behalf of a group of clients.

  • $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).

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