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Arnold & Itkin Settle Jones Act Suit for $700,000

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin successfully recovered a settlement of $700,000 on behalf of their injured Jones Act seaman client who was severely injured in an accident on the job. The victim was injured when he slipped and fell aboard the research vessel, causing back injury. As a result of the injury, the injured seaman was then forced to undergo lower back surgery in order to fix the damage done from the accident. With the help of the team of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin, they were able to prove the liability of the employer therefore reaching a settlement before the case even went to trial. In addition to the $700,000 settlement, under the company's maintenance and cure obligation, the defendant will also pay for the seaman's surgery as well. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas and was settled one week prior to reaching trial.

The offshore industry is among one of the most dangerous occupations out there. Injuries that workers may sustain can be severe and in some cases altering their way of life forever, or ending even in death. As a result of this, under the Jones Act workers have certain rights and protections that must be offered by their maritime employers in the event of an accident and subsequent injury. Under the employers maintenance and cure obligation, if a worker is injured while offshore, the law requires that the maritime employer help pay for this financial commitments due to the injury. Maintenance means that the employer will still cover costs for room and board, utilities and food, while cure means that they will pay for the medical bills and any medicine or further tests due to the injury. In the event that you have been injured in an offshore accident, contact Arnold & Itkin for the Jones Act attorney you deserve fighting for your rights after an injury!

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