Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2014

After an offshore rigger was injured while working on a platform off the Louisiana coast, he sought Arnold & Itkin's help with his case. The man, from Thibodaux, Louisiana, suffered serious back and knee injuries after falling down a dangerous set of steps on the platform. Though there is always some assumed risk in offshore jobs, employers are still required to maintain a safe workplace for all ...
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Oil Spill

Oil Spill Liability Cap Boosted by BOEM

On December 11, the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) boosted the previous liability limit on oil spills from $75 million to $134 million. This came four years after the tragic Deepwater Horizon incident, which served to prove just how pricey major oil spills can be. Currently, companies are required under the law to pay for the clean-up after a spill; the new boosted ...
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Work aboard commercial fishing vessels can be extremely dangerous. In fact, a new research study from Oregon State University compiled data regarding injuries aboard vessels operating off the Alaskan coast. It was found that nearly half of injuries that occurred aboard commercial freezer-trawlers and approximately a quarter of injuries sustained aboard freezer-longliner vessels were linked to the ...
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At Arnold & Itkin, we pride ourselves on providing dedicated and zealous legal service to injury victims. That is why our maritime injury lawyers have recently filed a Jones Act case on behalf of an injured seaman from Beckville, Texas. While working on a pipelay barge off the coast of Brazil, the worker suffered injuries to his back. He was moving equipment on the undermanned vessel when the ...
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Oil Rig, News, Offshore Accidents
One worker was killed and at least three other workers were injured when an offshore oil rig exploded on Thursday afternoon. The Echo Platform oil rig, which was operated by the Houston-based Fieldwood Energy, exploded around 3pm about 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans. The injured workers are being treated at a nearby medical facility onshore. All of the injured and deceased workers were ...
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From 2000-2012, 191 commercial fisherman died, but despite these numbers, regulation of certain aspects of fishing vessel safety remains limited. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 31 percent of the fatal fishing accidents were caused by fisherman falling overboard. NIOSH has found that only one of the fishermen was wearing a life jacket at the time he ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley successfully settled a case on behalf of our clients for $1.5 million. Our firm was representing a California seaman who had been employed aboard an offshore vessel in the Gulf of Mexico; after an electrical explosion, our client sustained serious burns to his arm, neck, and face. Six months into litigation, the seaman passed away due to pulmonary embolism. ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin LLP recently represented a Jones Act seaman who was injured while working aboard a drilling barge off the coast of Louisiana. Our client was a 27-year-old deckhand from Florida who had been hurt when the crewmembers of the barge had been performing a blind lift. Our client was struck on the head and in the face by a pipe, which knocked him unconscious and caused him to fall several ...
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Offshore Safety
It's no secret that mariners make up some of the most dangerous careers around the world. They face a wide range of life-threatening possibilities on every voyage, and injuries at sea are not uncommon. Some of the most important tools that offshore workers can use to prevent or reduce damage include the safety gear that they take and/or use on each voyage. Life jackets are essential to every ...
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Accidents can happen to fishermen, oil rig workers, cruise ship crewmembers, and all other offshore workers who venture out to sea. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act , regulates many topics related to maritime commerce and travel in U.S. waters. This legislation provides specific coverage for those who have been injured at sea to seek out compensation from certain ...
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Oil Companies, Maritime Law
The oil and gas industry is constantly growing in the U.S., and one of the biggest hubs of activity and growth is the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 23% of America's crude oil production, along with 7% of natural gas. New wells are constantly being researched, providing an opportunity for those ...
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Ensco has confirmed that two oil rig workers were killed while performing maintenance on a lifeboat onboard an oil rig; the Ensco 104 rig had been chartered to SapuraKencana off Malaysia. At the time of the accident, both workers had been performing a routine inspection of the lifeboat. It is believed that the accident occurred approximately 152 nautical miles off Kerteh beach at 11:00 p.m. local ...
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While most people know that personal injuries are often eligible for compensation, some may not know that certain circumstances change the laws applicable to these claims. When an injury occurs on water, it can fall under the jurisdiction of the Jones Act and other maritime laws. Crewmen of tug boats, riverboats, barges, and tankers, as well as passengers, can be injured in a number of ways while ...
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Open waters present many inherent dangers to those sailing them, but one often overlooked danger is the risk involved in transferring crewmembers to and from a vessel. Whether a person is being removed from a ship during an emergency or they are simply starting a work shift, personnel moves can happen in a number of ways, all of which come with potential hazards. Helicopters can often be used on ...
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Offshore Accidents, Oil Spill

Two Boats Sink in Middle Ship Channel

On Monday at approximately 10:46 p.m., 2 vessels (a 52-foot towing vessel named Delta Amber and a 26-foot dredging vessel named Nicholas) sunk in Mobile Ship Channel, just north of Gaillard Island. The crew of Miss Sammy Lee reported the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard and were responsible for rescuing the crews of both sunken vessels. Later, the crewmembers of Delta Amber and Nicholas were ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf on a Louisiana resident who was injured while working on a drill ship. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries to his wrist after being instructed to repair an oxygen line on the drill ship using the wrong equipment and parts. As a result of the injuries, the plaintiff has had multiple surgeries and has been unable to return ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf of a worker who was injured in a shipyard in Seattle. The plaintiff, a ship repairman from La Marque, Texas, severely injured his back, elbows and other parts of his body after falling through grating on a vessel located in the shipyard. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff's employer, Crowley Maritime Corporation, is liable for the injuries for failing ...
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Maritime Piracy

Who is Liable for Pirate Attacks at Sea?

The pirate attack of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 was the first time a U.S. vessel had been captured by pirates since the early 19 th century. The highly publicized incident involving the capture of a cargo ship by Somali pirates raised questions as to the liability of companies in the event of a pirate attack. In a currently pending lawsuit, several crewmembers of the vessel are seeking ...
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Congress approved the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Clarification Act on July 29, 2014 in an effort to elaborate on insurance coverage for employees who work in the recreational vessel repair industry. The legislation clarifies what is considered a "recreational vessel," helping business owners and employers to determine whether they should provide general state workers compensation or ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
On Wednesday afternoon, Arnold & Itkin, LLP maritime attorney Noah Wexler recently filed a lawsuit against Gulf Oceanic Marine Contractors. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Louisiana resident who was employed by the defendant. While working as a deckhand on a tug boat, the plaintiff slipped down a flight of stairs and suffered injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. Having already received ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin recently won a $2.25 million settlement for an offshore worker who was hurt off the cost of Louisiana. The settlement will guarantee that his medical and financial expenses will be covered going forward. Our client worked as an operator. While performing maintenance during his second hitch, he was shocked and knocked unconscious. When he fell, our client suffered a severe neck ...
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News, Offshore Accidents

Shrimp Boat Capsizes Near Baytown

On Monday afternoon, a privately owned shrimp boat ("Mr. Anthony") capsized near Baytown in Cedar Bayou. According to the most recent reports, the overturning of the boat occurred just three miles from the Fred Hartman Bridge and was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard at approximately 3:30 p.m. Currently, search crews are working from boats and helicopter alike in an effort to search for one ...
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Crane Accidents, Boat Accident

Tugboat Captain Killed In Crane Accident

In the early hours of Thursday morning, an accident on the Industrial Canal, which connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, lead to fatal injuries to a 46 yeard old tugboat captain. The captain was killed when a crane fell on his boat while he passed under the Florida Avenue Bridge. According to early reports, the captain was pushing a crane barge. When ...
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Deepwater Horizon, Oil Spill
Several months ago after having its appeal of the settlement agreement rejected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, BP made its intention known that the company would take its appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. On Friday, August 2 nd , BP officially filed its petition with the United States Supreme Court. The petition asks the Supreme Court to dismantle the current settlement agreement ...
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The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin recently represented a mother whose son was killed in a crane accident while working offshore. The case involved approximately 20 depositions and was fought in state and federal court, as well as appellate courts, by Attorneys Cory Itkin and Kurt Arnold . The case was hard fought, as the defendants contended that they were not at fault for the incident, diverting ...
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