Accidents on vessels in the open sea that involve serious or fatal injuries and/or property damage are commonly referred to as offshore accidents. The causes of these accidents are without measure—it could be that someone fell on a slippery deck, a piece of equipment failed, or even a fire caused a large explosion. One thing, however, remains constant in almost all of these cases: negligence is almost always the largest contributing factor.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, there were over 42 major injures that occurred in the 2010/2011 year; this resulted in over 150 workers suffering a serious injury out of over 100,000. Beyond this, there were over 100 "over-three-day" injuries; this calculated out to every 400 workers out of every 100,000. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious injury in a tragic offshore accident, then you deserve to have your legal rights protected by a maritime accident attorney who knows the best way in which to protect your legal rights.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have proven to be steadfast advocates for the rights of maritime injury victims. We know how complex these cases can be, but we have the skill you need to properly move through the case as efficiently as possible. We have proven to move cases faster than the average firm; not only this, but our geographical location in Texas gives us preferential trial settings. We know how to take on big companies and we won't back down.
Types of offshore accident cases we can help with include, but are not limited to, the following:
Between 2000 and 2009, there were over 100 commercial fishermen who died while working in the Gulf of Mexico. These accidents can occur from falling overboard, slipping and falling, as well as becoming entangled in fishing gear.
If a crane accident occurred—regardless of whether the accident occurred because of a lack of maintenance, training, or supervision—you do not deserve to suffer in silence. By hiring an experienced maritime attorney, you can fight for the compensation you deserve to cover all damages that you have suffered, such as medical fees.
Cruise Ship Accidents
Cruise ship injury claims can be made on behalf of a passenger who was victimized by sexual assault, on an injury during a shore excursion or even during an accident involving the ship itself. They can also be made on behalf of seamen.
Although employers are supposed to draw a strict line in regards to drug and / or alcohol testing, this does not always occur. Should these not be strictly adhered to, it can jeopardize the safety and health of other workers.
Ferry Worker Accidents
Ferries are one of the most convenient forms of modern transportation. Unfortunately, should there be crew negligence, an unsafe docking procedure, or a failure to follow safety regulations, the accidents can be life-threatening.
Jack-Up Rig Accidents
Fires, explosions, loose cables, and malfunctioning equipment can all be the cause of serious offshore accidents while aboard jack-up rigs. Seamen who are aboard these vessels are commonly covered by the Jones Act.
Marine Cargo Handling
For employees who work onshore with marine cargo, injuries may still be covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. No matter what the accident was caused by, these employees deserve to be protected.
Oil Platform Accidents
Working on oil rigs and platforms can be one of the most physically demanding jobs. With inhospitable conditions and severe work environments, the injuries that can be sustained can be life-threatening in nature.
In many cases, offshore accidents involve a crane or derrick. Many times, those injured in these types of accidents can find themselves protected under maritime law, such as the Jones Act. If you would like to discuss your case, call today.
Working in a shipyard makes employees vulnerable to a unique set of dangers - these can result in musculoskeletal injuries, nerve damage, and even severe burns. These victims deserve relief.
Surrounded by heavy equipment, working on a spud barge makes workers exceptionally vulnerable to serious injuries. From being hit by the spud to having a hand crushed while removing a spud pin, these dangers can be life-threatening.
Regardless of who was at fault in your accident, as an offshore worker, you have a seaman's rights. You may be entitled to maintenance and cure benefits and payment of your wages for the duration of the voyage. The principles of maintenance and cure may entitle you to fully-paid medical care and hospitalization, including diagnostic tests and therapy, as well as room and board, food, and transportation until you are fit for duty again or reach full medical recovery. You also have the right to choose your own doctor and get a second medical opinion.
You also may have a right to file a Jones Act claim to recover damages for your injury. Workers who hold many offshore jobs and work aboard many types of vessels have the legal protections of the Jones Act if they are injured through the negligence of others. An injured seaman, covered by the Jones Act, has a right to seek compensation for lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. To understand whether you are entitled to the benefits of the Jones Act, it's important to consult a maritime lawyer quickly.
You will find a great deal of helpful information on this website that pertains to offshore accidents, injuries, and related topics. We offer the following information and so much more:
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No matter the type of maritime accident has occurred, it is in your best interest to contact Arnold & Itkin !
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Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.