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Oil Rig
As of last evening, the U.S. Coast Guard has ceased its search for the missing rig worker in Lake Pontchartrain. Their search was conducted over nearly 24 hours nonstop, utilizing 10 search missions covering 90 square miles. In a statement, the Coast Guard sent their thoughts and prayers to the family of Timothy Morrison, 44, who was left missing when a gas and oil storage rig exploded on Sunday ...
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Oil Rig
The rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain (which has been reported both as an oil rig and a natural gas storage rig) has left one worker missing and at least 7 injured—three of them in critical condition. The identity of the missing worker has been revealed to be 44-year-old Timothy Morrison of Katy, TX. Sheriff Lopinto of Jefferson Parish has vowed to search for Mr. Morrison for as long as it ...
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Around 7 PM Sunday night, a rig exploded on Lake Pontchartrain in Jefferson Parish. Originally reported as an oil rig, the natural gas storage rig may have exploded due to the ignition of cleaning chemicals during routine maintenance work (according to officials). The explosion injured seven, leaving two workers in the burn unit at Baton Rouge. As of Monday afternoon, search and rescue efforts are ...
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Oil Rig
Update: the rig was originally reported as an oil rig, but some sources report it is actually a natural gas storage rig. On Sunday night, an oil rig exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, LA. According to the Kenner Police Department spokesman, rescue boats had been dispatched from the Kenner Boat Launch; the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is assisting. He went on to say there’d ...
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Helicopter Accidents
Four people are dead and two are missing following a helicopter crash off the coast of Angola. The crash occurred after Tuesday, September 26 at 3:23 pm local time. The helicopter was heading to a Chevron oil platform off the coast of Cabinda carrying 5 passengers and the pilot. There’s roughly 50 miles of ocean between the coast of Angola and the oilfield. Search and rescue operations have ...
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Crane Accidents
Last week there was a crane accident in Galveston that killed two workers and left a third with minor injuries. At 10:45am on Wednesday, Galveston County first responders received a call that an industrial accident had happened on a dock on Pelican Island, at a facility reportedly owned by T&T Marine Offshore. By the time police, firefighters, and EMS arrived, two men at the scene were already ...
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Why Does the Navy Keep Having Accidents?

This has not been a good year for the U.S. Navy—specifically the 7 th fleet, which is stationed in Japanese waters. There have been four collisions since January, two of them resulting in loss of life. That’s a staggering number when you consider that the average Navy vessel collides with anything only once every two years, if that. That includes minor brushes with buoys. It’s even rarer for two ...
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Tugboat Accident
Arnold & Itkin filed suit in East Baton Rouge on behalf of a seaman who sustained severe back injuries. This man was forced to work on a tugboat rife with unavoidable slip hazards, and was severely injured as a result. Part of any vessel owner or manager’s job is to ensure the safety of the crew. Under maritime law, a seaman’s safety is paramount to the continued operation of the ship. Being a ...
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Offshore Injuries
Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit in East Baton Rouge Parish on behalf of an experienced seaman injured aboard an unseaworthy ship. Though the company that hired this seaman holds itself out as a company of values, its vessel maintenance proved otherwise as our client was hurt when poorly secured deck rigging fell on his head. Worse, the company’s chosen captain refused to return to port—despite the ...
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Jones Act
The maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a Jones Act case against Harley Marine Gulf, LLC on behalf of a Kansas City man working as a tankerman on a tugboat. The incident occurred at Southwest Shipyards in Channelview, Texas. The seaman injured his back when he was ordered to move heavy equipment without the proper help. After causing severe injuries to his back, the company failed to ...
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Employer Negligence
The offshore injury and maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin filed a Jones Act case against Canyon Offshore and Helix Energy Solutions over the failure to provide proper medical care to one of its most loyal crew member: the ROV supervisor, who is from Florida. Here’s the story: The ROV Supervisor had worked for the companies since 2004. He had a stroke while on a vessel, but the companies failed to ...
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Oil Rig
Arnold & Itkin, LLP recently filed a case involving a man who was injured aboard a fixed oil production platform when he was instructed to lift a compressor weighing over 300 pounds without being provided proper safety equipment to complete the task. As a result of this negligent tasking, the man sustained injuries to his neck, back, and shoulders. It’s the supervisor’s job to ensure that everyone ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a case involving a longshoreman who was struck by falling cargo and equipment at the Chalmette Midstream Buoys during a cargo unloading operation. The incident occurred when the main crane cable aboard the M/V Unison Power, a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier failed. As a result of the incident, the man sustained injuries to his back, neck, groin, and other parts of ...
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Boat Accident
One fisherman has been killed and two others injured in a boating accident that occurred Friday night on Lake Baree in Louisiana. The Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s report said that six fisherman and their captain were on a charter trip when the 25-foot vessel struck an underwater wellhead around 11 pm. Upon impact, three of the men onboard were ejected from the boat. Two of them have been treated ...
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Jones Act
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, the client was assigned to perform a dangerous lifting task using defective equipment. As a result, the client suffered serious injuries to his neck and back. Our firm has often and loudly called for industrial employers ...
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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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Arnold & Itkin News
The team from Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit for a young man who was severely injured in a crew boat accident on the Mississippi. Our client sustained serious back injuries during the accident—injuries that will substantially impact his ability to work moving forward. The lawsuit was filed in St. James Parish. At Arnold & Itkin, we consider it our responsibility to provide ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Alison Baimbridge and Roland Christensen filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a client who was physically and sexually assaulted when working as a Jones Act seaman in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the incident, Arnold & Itkin LLP's client was proudly working onboard a vessel when she was repeatedly threatened and forced to perform sexual ...
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Offshore Injuries
Arnold & Itkin recently filed suit on behalf of an Arkansas seaman severely injured by defective towing equipment. Like all employers, the people who are in charge of maintaining his vessel and ensuring a safe work site should be found responsible for his injuries. Defective equipment often doesn’t fail overnight—behind every failed piece of equipment is a history of neglected maintenance. Our ...
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