Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2012

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Arnold & Itkin News
The maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Louisiana rigger who was injured on the job. The client was involved in a bad accident in which he injured his neck. The rigger was employed on an ice-breaking ship called the NORDICA. While the ship was off the coast of Louisiana, the worker was moving a heavy crane cable but did not have the proper assistance. This lack of ...
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Wrongful Death, Offshore Fires
The smoke from the West Delta 32 platform fire has cleared, but the facts surrounding the accident remain cloudy. Last week, a fire broke out on the inoperative oil platform, leaving several workers injured and two missing. Initial reports from the Coast Guard and news articles indicated that that anywhere from four to 11 workers were injured in the explosion and that two others were not accounted ...
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Lawsuit Filed for Jones Act Seaman

Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Jason Itkin , Cory Itkin and Noah Wexler recently filed a lawsuit for a Jones Act worker who was injured on the job. The man hails from New Iberia, Louisiana and was injured in an accident that took place just off the coast of Louisiana The seaman was working as a floorhand on the AXXIS INDEPENDENCE, handling drilling tongs when he was involved in an accident that ...
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Lawsuit Filed for Injured Jones Act Worker

Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit for an injured Jones Act worker who was involved in an accident while working on a barge in the inland waters of Louisiana. The seaman was commissioned as part of a crew that was attempting to lift a derrick . During the operation, the seaman's employer ordered him to walk across a deck that was slippery with oil. The worker followed orders, but slipped ...
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The maritime attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin recently filed a case on behalf of an ILA #24 longshoreman who was injured in an accident while performing his job duties. The longshoreman was involved in an accident that occurred while he was in the container ship's hold, unloading cargo from the ship. While the longshoreman was in the hold, the ship's mate closed a hatch door which made the ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a suit for a seaman who was injured while performing his job duties. Our client is protected by the Jones Act and we are seeking the damages he is entitled to through this. At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was transporting a pipe when he tripped and fell on an obstruction on the walkaway. The man ...
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Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon
The preliminary results of the Chemical Safety Board's (CSB) investigation into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and subsequent oil spill (the worst offshore accident recorded in U.S. history) have faulted BP and Transocean for the disaster. Essentially, the report concludes, by focusing on the wrong indicators of safety, the two companies, and the offshore industry in general, allowed ...
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Jones Act Suit Filed Against Hercules Offshore

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured seaman. The suit is being filed against the man's employer, Hercules Offshore, for an accident in which he severely injured his shoulder. He was working on a jackup rig, assisting in drilling operations, when his co-worker knocked him down. The impact of the fall caused ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured seaman. The man was working for the Texas company Seacor Marine when he was injured from being struck by an exhaust pipe while performing his job duties in the engine room of the NRC Liberty. He reported the incident to the company and received aid from Seacor Marine's doctor, but ...
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Attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin of the maritime injury firm, Arnold & Itkin LLP, recently filed a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of an injured Newton, Texas engineer. The man was aboard a crew boat, working as an engineer, when the vessel ran aground in Sabine Pass just outside of Port Arthur, Texas. At the time of the collision, the seaman was thrown from his chair and suffered serious neck and ...
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Speaking Up to Keep Our Land Clean

On a recent routine Coast Guard inspection of a Maltese cargo ship docked in Baltimore, a brave third engineer secretly passed a note to the chief inspector. Inside the note, he revealed that the crew of the boat were illegally dumping oily water and sludge overboard, a fact the Coast Guard officer would never have known without being explicitly told. The crewmember, now considered a ...
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An individual was injured while working on a natural gas platform in the Matagorda Island Block in September 2011. Jason Itkin , Cory Itkin and Noah Wexler of Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit on his behalf. The worker suffered extreme injuries to his knee, ankle, back and other parts of his body after a piece of deck grading was left unmarked and unsecured. The grading entrapped his leg and caused ...
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Maintaining Offshore Walkway Safety by Prevention

You might think most offshore injuries occur as a result of dramatic explosions or terrible fires, but the truth is much simpler. The majority of injuries to offshore workers are a result of slips, trips, and falls. These accidents are simple to prevent, but require operating companies to diligently maintain the safety of their walkways. Companies are legally responsible to keep walkways safe. ...
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Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed a lawsuit in the Galveston County Court on behalf of an injured offshore worker who sustained a serious injury to his foot while at his jobsite. The injury occurred as a block weighing 67 pounds fell approximately 80 feet, crushing the foot of the Jones Act seaman. Consequently, the injured worker has undergone many surgical ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas on behalf of an injured seaman. Injured aboard a jack-up rig near the coast of Louisiana, the plaintiff is protected under the Jones Act and is currently working with this legal team to pursue the compensation that he deserves. He sustained serious neck and back injuries due ...
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For recovery teams, time is running out as inclement weather makes it way towards the resting place of the Costa Concordia ; the storm is expected to bring with it winds of up to 30 knots and 1.5 meter waves to the west site of the island of Giglio. Even though the ship is located on the east, many are concerned that storm could force the ship – which is already resting precariously after slipping ...
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Rescue Operations on Costa Cruise Ship Suspended

Five days after the initial crash, with several passengers still unaccounted for, rescue workers were forced to suspend search operations onboard the Costa Concordia after the ship shifted slightly on the rocks where it ran aground. Early in the morning on Wednesday January 18, instruments attached to the Concordia detected the slight shift, even though search and rescue crews working above water ...
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Maritime Law, Costa Concordia, News
On Friday, January 13, on the first day of its week-long Mediterranean cruise, an Italian cruise ship called the Costa Concordia ran aground near the reef off of Isola del Giglio. There was an estimated 2,300 passengers and 1,000 crew members aboard the ship – 123 of those being Americans. Officially, five people have been confirmed as dead, sixty have been injured and there are still an estimated ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin LLP has recently filed a case against RLB Contracting which is currently pending in Cameron County, Texas. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin are representing a plaintiff who was working with a winch wheel when he sustained serious injuries to his foot, shoulder and lower back. Our maritime attorneys at the firm are prepared to do ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP has recently filed a case in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 regarding an offshore worker who was injured while working. The plaintiff sustained debilitating injuries to his shoulder when another employee shifted a large water pump onto him – causing the weight to deal serious, and likely permanent, damage. Since the incident, the plaintiff has undergone surgery and is ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have recently filed a suit on behalf of an injured seaman. The plaintiff had been working on tightening a winch with a cheater pipe when he suffered a serious and debilitating neck injury. The case has since been filed against Kirby Marine and Marquette Transportation and is currently pending in Corpus Christi, TX in the County Court at ...
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