Offshore Injury Blog

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Yesterday afternoon, 600-foot chemical tanker Bow Fortune collided with an 80-foot fishing vessel named Pappy’s Pride offshore from Galveston, Texas. The impact caused the fishing vessel to capsize; two fishermen are still missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The collision occurred right at the entrance to the Houston-Galveston Ship Channel, near the long granite jetties. Two response boats ...
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Jones Act, Offshore Injuries

Are Jones Act Claims Possible After Assault?

Most people associate the Jones Act with hazardous conditions and accidents that injure seamen. For decades, the Jones Act has held employers accountable for failing to provide a safe work environment. While the Jones Act covers accidents like falls, explosions, toxic exposure, and other dangerous situations, many offshore workers don’t realize they might be able to recover damages after being ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents
Two cruise ships owned by Carnival Cruises collided at a port in Cozumel, Mexico today, in a statement released by the company. Six people were injured and were examined at the Carnival Glory medical center. The collision occurred when a Carnival Glory ship tried to dock, inadvertently crashing into a Carnival Legend ship. One of the ships was celebrating its tenth anniversary. "I couldn’t believe ...
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One of the most dangerous aspects of offshore work isn’t visible to the people at risk from exposure to it. Benzene is a colorless gas that’s a yellow liquid at room temperature. One of the simplest ways to determine the presence of benzene is through its smell. Benzene is characterized by a sweet odor. Generally, benzene levels are hazardous if enough of the gas is present to produce a detectable ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis are currently representing a Jones Act seaman. He sustained serious injuries while loading a vessel at a shipyard. Our client’s injuries occurred because his employer required him to lift heavy material across an unsafe grating. This hazardous situation caused the seaman to injure his neck, back, and legs, ...
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Arnold & Itkin is currently fighting for the compensation of a maritime worker who spent years working on barges and transferring products. Our client wasn't aware that he was receiving dangerous amounts of exposure to benzene while working. Now, he has leukemia caused by toxic exposure to benzene. Studies have found that leukemia is common among workers exposed to high levels of benzene and the ...
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Case Filed for Injured Commercial Fisherman

Arnold and Itkin filed a lawsuit for an injured commercial fisherman. Our client was hurt when his captain failed to manage the vessel ropes at a critical moment, resulting in our client's injuries. He is a healthy, hardworking man, but this accident has left him suffering from daily spasms, chronic pain, and an unsure future. If his captain and the vessel owner wanted to do the right thing, they ...
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Arnold & Itkin News, Jones Act
Arnold & Itkin is currently representing a Jones Act seaman suffering because of the negligence of his employer. Our client developed a serious medical condition that required immediate treatment. However, his employer failed to evacuate him from the vessel he was working on promptly. Because of this delay in treatment, our client suffered catastrophic injuries to his lower extremities. He’s had ...
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Jones Act, Offshore Accidents
The Jones Act , also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, was created to hold negligent employers accountable and protect the lives of offshore workers. Under the Jones Act, seamen receive protections for their health and livelihood. The law allows them to file a lawsuit when a crew member’s or shipowner’s negligence causes injury or death. The Jones Act applies if: A person was injured while ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit on November 8, 2019 in Harris County, Texas for a Jones Act seaman who was severely injured when he was operating a vessel on inland waters in Tennessee. He was injured when the river overcame the vessel, causing it to crash into a bank. As a result, our client suffered severe injuries to his back, neck ...
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News, Offshore Safety
Since its creation in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has enforced safety regulations in the American workplace. When it comes to offshore renewable energy facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf, OSHA will be taking the backseat, and the Department of the Interior will oversee worker safety. In October, the DOI revealed that it leased about 1.7 million acres of the Outer ...
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Arnold & Itkin is currently representing a young man who sustained serious injuries while working on an offshore rig. Our client’s injuries occurred because of an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. He is suffering because of burns and injuries to his knee and other parts of his body. We filed this case against the large offshore drilling company that owned the rig our client was working on ...
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