Offshore Injury Blog

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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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Arnold & Itkin News

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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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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Imagine the following scenario: Two ships with plenty of space are approaching each other. It’s a clear night, and they see each other fine—both with radar instruments and visually. Equipment for both ships is functioning fine, and multiple officers onboard are on watch (or just observing). Yet, despite all this, the captain of one of the vessels decides to make a turn that puts him in the direct ...
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Seaman Injury, Slip & Fall
Arnold & Itkin LLP offshore attorneys recently filed suit on behalf of a tankerman who was injured by an unsafe gangway at BOSTCO’s terminal at the Houston Ship Channel. The tankerman was descending a gangway to board a barge when the vertical support beam broke and made him fall. Our client injured his neck and suffered several herniated discs in the fall. His injuries were a direct result of ...
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News, Seaman Injury, Wrongful Death
This weekend, our firm reported on a vessel collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal, a merchant vessel flying under the Philippine flag. The collision occurred around 1:30 am local time, so many of the sailors aboard the Fitzgerald were asleep at the time. Damage from the collision occurred in two berthing spaces, a machinery room, and a radio room. Tragically, 7 sailors were ...
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Yesterday afternoon at 1:30 pm ET (Saturday 2:30 am local time), the USS Fitzgerald collided with the ACX Crystal, a Philippine container ship traveling off the coat of Japan. The collision caused damage to the starboard (right) side of the ship below the waterline, which flooded the forward berthing compartments, a machinery room, and a radio room. Our firm is sad to report that, after being ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who worked for Coastal Dredging Company. Our client was injured while working aboard Coastal’s vessel, the CLEDUS , while being required to carry out high risk tasks. Specially, the client sustained injuries after striking a section of the vessel that was not properly ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit against Ingram Barge Company on behalf of a young Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured. Our client was injured aboard Ingram’s vessel, the M/V Martha Lynn , while being forced to work in unsafe conditions carrying dangerous amounts of weight. To compound matters, the client’s injuries were developed ...
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Jones Act
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Alison Baimbridge and Roland Christensen filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas today on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when working as a Jones Act seamen. Unfortunately, Arnold & Itkin LLP’s client was recklessly injured when he was working on a vessel. At the time of the incident, Arnold & Itkin LLP’s client was performing ...
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Drilling Rig Accident
Offshore accidents have a greater potential for disaster. Specifically, drilling operations utilize high pressure and aging equipment to accomplish highly dangerous work, with employers putting workers at risk in order to make their quotas and achieve high profits. It’s a dangerous line of work with a fatality rate many times higher than the average. For that reason alone, employers need to be ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents
Arnold & Itkin makes it our business to fight for people who have been abused by businesses and employers, people whose injuries demand justice and financial support. Our newest case is a Jones Act case on behalf of a woman who was subjected to unsafe working conditions and denied treatment by her employer—Norwegian Cruise Lines. Not only was she injured, but her requests for medical care were ...
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Drilling Rig Accident

Jones Act Claim Filed for Young Seaman

Arnold & Itkin LLP has recently filed a Jones Act claim against Transocean on behalf of a young man who was harmed while working on the Deepwater Nautilus. Our client, a seaman with a long future ahead of him, was injured in the course of his duties. However, the real cause for legal action springs from how he was treated afterward. Our client was forced to continue his duties despite being ...
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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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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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