Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2013

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Types of Oceangoing Merchant Vessels

Ships used to transport cargo and/or passengers into the open ocean are often referred to as oceangoing merchant vessels. These ships are vital to the offshore industry—for both the completion of jobs (such as offshore drilling), and for the transportation of cargo. Below, we discuss the most common types of oceangoing merchant vessels seen on the open water. Common Types of Merchant Vessels Bulk ...
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According to 46 U.S.C. § 3309, all U.S. flag carrying vessels are required to be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard on a regular basis. For passenger vessels, nautical school vessels, and small passenger vessels, the inspection must occur at least once per year after the initial inspection, whereas all other vessels can go as long as five years between inspections. The following vessels all require ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman who was hurt on the job. The accident occurred as a result of the plaintiff's co-worker failing to tie off a ladder. Because of this, the ladder plummeted to the ground striking the plaintiff. This caused injury to both his shoulder and lower back. ...
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Crew Boat Accidents & Injuries

Crew boats are often referred to as the water taxis of the offshore industry, as they are actively involved in personnel transfers. These boats are usually between 30 to 200 feet long; the smaller vessels can be used on bays and inland waters, whereas the larger vessels can take personnel up to 200 miles offshore, withstanding more inclement weather and sea conditions. Crew Boat Accidents: During ...
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While there are many different causes of offshore accidents, none are quite as catastrophic as an actual collision at sea. Below, we explain some of the most common types of maritime collisions. Bow-On Collision: This occurs when two vessels hit one other head-on, from their front ends. This can be attributed to the forward propulsion of the vessels without the ability to brake, and can be often ...
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Recent Tragedy Claims the Life of the 4th Filipino Oilfield Worker After the fourth death of a Filipino offshore worker in the last year, the Philippine Embassy has expressed deep concerns for the welfare and safety of their countrymen working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. This recent incident occurred just last Sunday evening when a 38-year-old welder from Manila was killed while working on ...
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Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler with Arnold & Itkin LLP have filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client who was injured on the job. This man was a delivery driver for a roll-on, roll-off vessel and was critically injured after a crane block hit his head during the supply transfer. The Seabrook, Texas man was hit by the crane as the vessel was docked in Beaumont, Texas and has ...
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Being classified as a seaman provides legal benefits to maritime workers under the Jones Act (more formally known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920). For example, maritime employees who have the status of seaman have access to benefits that would otherwise be denied, including the protection of wages and working conditions, as well as legal remedies made available should they suffer a workplace ...
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On behalf of an injured worker, attorneys with Arnold & Itkin LLP have filed a Jones Act lawsuit to obtain compensation for his injury. Experienced maritime lawyers at the firm are representing this shrimper after he was injured while working on a shrimp boat off of the Freeport, Texas coast. The accident and injury occurred as a result of an equipment failure which resulted in the shrimper being ...
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Arnold & Itkin File Suit for Injured Tankerman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have all filed a suit on behalf of an injured seaman who worked as a tankerman for Harley Marine Services. The individual was harmed when the captain ran the vessel he was working on into a dock. The plaintiff was knocked unconscious during the crash and lost the majority of his vision in one eye. He also claims to have ...
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In October 2013, Attorneys Cory Itkin and Caj Boatright from Arnold & Itkin helped to represent a man who was injured in a serious helicopter crash . The plaintiff was a passenger of the helicopter and had been traveling from Port O'Connor, TX to a platform in the Gulf. About halfway through the flight, the helicopter's tail rotor stopped functioning, which led to the pilot conducting a controlled ...
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Maritime workers who suffer from a disability after an on-the-job injury or illness are fully protected under the law. It can be confusing to figure out how much compensation you can receive, how long you can receive it, and what your first steps should be. In some cases, disability benefits may be paid by or administered by your employer, and in other cases a disabled offshore worker may need to ...
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Celebrity Cruises has had to cancel all remaining Alaska trips this year because of mechanical problems on the ship. The company announced that the Celebrity Millennium developed a problem with one of its two propulsion motors, and had to be docked in a southeast Alaska port. Currently, the large ship is in Ketchikan awaiting repairs. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, which owns Celebrity Cruises, ...
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A seaman came to Arnold & Itkin LLP seeking legal help after suffering a back injury on the job. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin took on this case. The situation was complicated, as the plaintiff suffered a prior back injury that required him to undergo a prior surgery. This former back injury was not a work-related injury. The plaintiff then suffered ...
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At Arnold & Itkin , we value each and every client that comes our way. We are committed to do whatever we can to help them reach the settlement or verdict they deserve. This was seen recently as Maritime Attorney Cory Itkin had the privilege of representing a client who was wrongfully injured while working offshore. This man was working too close to a valve on a wireline when it suddenly failed ...
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According to The Maritime Executive, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will fine Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. and Shell Offshore Inc. after the companies violated the Clean Air Act while on an exploration in the waters of Alaska. About the Clean Air Act The Clean Air Act Outer Continental Shelf is a set of regulations that were set by the EPA in early 2012. The permits issued to oil ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently took on the case of a man who was severely injured while working on a cargo ship. The man attempted to make a rope swing so that he could transfer to a different platform on the vessel, but did not realize that the platform owner placed a rail over the proper landing area. As a result, the worker injured his knee when he tried to travel to the platform. He then had to swing ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have recently filed suit on behalf of an injured offshore worker who was harmed after wrongfully falling off of the barge on which he was working. The oil barge was owed by the R360 Environmental Solutions and at the time the plaintiff was working on the barge it had lights that were non-functioning as he was on an ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit on behalf of a galleyhand working on an oil rig known as the ATWOOD CONDOR. This is an ultra-deep water DP semi rig that is owned by Friede & Goldman. It is a large vessel that can hold up to 200 persons. The offshore worker fell and hurt her back on the vessel while she was trying to move trash. Her employer did not pay any of the costs of maintenance and ...
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When you are employed as an oilfield worker, you understand that there is some risk involved. Your company is responsible for training employees and inspecting equipment operations. This was not the case for the injured offshore worker that Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit on behalf of. Seasoned maritime attorneys Jason Itkin , Cory Itkin and Noah Wexler are representing the plaintiff in ...
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Hijacked Ship Sinking Kills Four Crew Members

The MV Albedo, a Malaysian vessel that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2010 and held close to the Somali Coast for almost three years, sunk on July 7. The vessel had a crew of 23 on board when it was hijacked on November 26, 2010 as it sailed about 900 nautical miles east of Mogadishu, Somalia. Since that day, the MV Albedo has been held by pirates; it was in pirate hands at the time of the ...
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In the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Louisiana, a fire erupted on a drilling rig which caused the state coast to be surrounded by a large cloud of gas this Tuesday. Reports state that around 10:50 p.m. local time, the natural gas platform Hercules 265 experienced the blaze, just 55 miles off of the shores of Louisiana. According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed suit on behalf of an injured oil barge employee who sustained injuries after falling down a stair well in 2012. The barge worker was unaware at the time that the stairs were heavily coated with oil, which lead to his slip and fall accident . As a result of this incident, lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have filed a ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP have filed suit on behalf of an offshore injury worker who was seriously injured after he fell from a catwalk while on the job. The oceaneering employee was working on the MSV OLYMPIC INTERVENTION IV at the time of the accident. He was moving down a catwalk when he fell, seriously hurting his back in the process. Arnold & Itkin will help the client by arguing on his behalf. They ...
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Recently, attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP chose to file suit for an offshore worker who was injured while on the job. The worker was doing his daily duties when a faulty winch unwound. The worker was in a basket in the process of a transfer, but the unwound winch caused the individual to fall. When he fell to the ground in the basket, it suffered serious injuries. The accident could have been ...
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