Offshore Injury Blog

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Jones Act
One of the most overlooked beneficiaries of a Jones Act claim is the family of the injured seaman. Families depend on the income provided by workers across all maritime industries—when injuries prevent men and women from making a living, families suffer. That’s what happened to our newest client when he was injured while working on a cargo vessel. Our newest client is a Jones Act seaman from ...
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Jones Act

Suit Filed on Behalf of Arkansas Seaman

One of the most important things for an injured worker to do is refrain from working before they're fully healed. Doing so not only ensures that they’ll be able to work at full capacity--it ensures that they’ll heal correctly and prevent further injury. Policies are often put in place to protect workers from employers who force them to return to work before they’re ready. Arnold & Itkin’s most ...
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Boat Accident
One of the most important things that you can provide an injured person is immediate medical attention. That’s why working offshore is more dangerous than other jobs on a fundamental level—hospitals are hours away, making quick response even more necessary. Unfortunately, our client was denied fast medical care due to circumstances that were completely avoidable. Our client was working on a vessel ...
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Jones Act
Offshore workers face some of the most dangerous and demanding work in all of American industry, which is why it’s no surprise that laws exist exclusively to protect them from unsafe work environments. As maritime injury attorneys, we are always looking for ways to protect offshore workers from the abuses and accidents that have become far too common. Our newest client was doing his duties aboard ...
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Tugboat Accident

Case Filed for Seaman Injured on Tugboat

As one of the most dangerous jobs in America, offshore employment deserves the fullest protection and compensation available under the law. Arnold & Itkin is honored to be standing beside our newest client—a man who was injured while working aboard a tugboat for T&D Towing. Our client’s case was filed against his employer. Specifically, our client was asked to lift heavy nylon ropes that were far ...
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Danger of Falling Objects at Sea

At around 9 am, Gary stopped for a moment to speak with one of his coworkers at his worksite. An experienced construction worker, the 58-year-old veteran of the industry always had his hard hat around—but at the moment, his hat was in his truck.

After all, he only needed a minute to talk to his guy.

Fifty stories above him, another one of the workers was fumbling to free up ...

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$8.9 Million Secured for Injured Seaman

Kurt Arnold, Cory Itkin and Kyle Findley recently represented a seaman who had sustained serious head injury while working overseas. The client was working on an offshore drilling vessel when he, through no fault of his own, was hit in the head by heavy equipment. Through meticulous investigation, the team at Arnold & Itkin discovered that their clients’ coworkers were at fault for this ...
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Tugboat Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP has filed a case in Baton Rouge on behalf of a man who was severely injured while working on a marine tug boat. His captain asked him to perform a dangerous task—without stopping the ship or ensuring the seaman’s safety. When our client performed what was asked of him, he suffered an accident and injured his neck and back. As a seaman injured at sea, our client is entitled to ...
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Boat Accident
On February 11 th , an alert went out from the Destination to the Coast Guard transmitting their position using the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The Destination was a 95-foot fishing vessel with a 6-man crew operating in the infamous waters of the Bering Sea. Aircraft was sent out to locate and rescue the crew, but they only found the EPIRB, a life ring, some buoys, and ...
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El Faro
It has been well over a year since the cargo ship El Faro sank en route to Puerto Rico after getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin. The ship went down on October 1, 2015, leaving all 33 crew members missing and presumed dead—and leaving their families to wonder what happened. Jacksonivlle.com offers an update on ordeal for the surviving families. Tote Services Inc. and Tote Maritime Puerto Rico—the ...
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Oil Rig Fire Forces Workers to Evacuate

At 2:30 this morning, the Coast Guard responded to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform, which is located 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, had 4 workers on it who were forced to abandon it due to heavy smoke. The workers, who have not yet reported injuries, were transported to Terrebonne General Hospital. All of the workers were safely rescued from their life raft ...
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When Tankers Collide: Potential Dangers

Maritime accidents involving tanker collisions are some of the most dangerous accidents that can occur at sea. While it is not uncommon for vessels to collide, the collisions can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. With increased vessel speed, the increased ability to carry larger loads of greater tonnage, and increased maritime traffic, the risk of vessel collision accidents has also ...
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Offshore Injuries
If you have been injured while working offshore, chances are your injury was a serious one. You may be worried about paying your bills, providing for your family and your future ability to continue working in the industry . You may even be concerned that, by filing a suit to help relieve some of your financial burdens, you may be placing yourself on a "blacklist" that will prevent you from ever ...
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What is the outer Continental Shelf? In August 1954, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) was created to govern activity related to the outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The act defines the OCS as the following: "The term 'outer Continental Shelf' means submerged lands lying seaward and outside of the area of lands beneath navigable waters…of which the subsoil and seabed appertain to the ...
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Longshoreman Rights

Discrimination Against Maritime Employees

There is a high level of dedication and risk involved in the life of a seaman working on offshore excursions. As such, laws such as the Jones Act and the Merchant Marine Act have been created to protect the brave souls that honorably choose this lifestyle as a career. Unfortunately, as a result of the dangers involved in offshore accidents , it sometimes becomes necessary for a seaman to protect ...
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Longshoreman Rights

Longshoreman Injuries: Know Your Rights!

Have you been injured in a work-related accident? Longshoremen are responsible for loading and unloading cargo from ships and other vessels. The nature of this work is full of potential mishaps. If your employer was reckless or negligent in upholding safety standards or regarding your welfare, you could be entitled to compensation. You should not be responsible for the medical bills that resulted ...
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Classifications of Maritime Crewmembers

On vessels, seamen operate within different ranks. Offshore worker classifications help further the mission of the vessel by giving crewmembers specific duties and responsibilities. Crewmembers are primarily placed into four different departments: the deck department, the engineering department, the steward's department, and other. Below, we explain the classification of crewmembers within each ...
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