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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The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) compensates longshore, harbor, and maritime employees who are not seamen and who are injured while working or contract an illness on the job. In cases when the offshore injury or illness results in death, the Office of Worker Compensation Plans, the division of the Department of Labor that administers the Longshore Act, provides death or ...
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Approximately 10,000 American commercial and government divers face a relatively high risk of serious injury or death while on the job. Some say that the existing diving safety standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) do not adequately reflect the advances in diving system technology and equipment. Professional commercial divers face major dangers every day. ...
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Commercial Fishing, Jones Act
Commercial fishing is not only one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, it also carries a high risk of injury in other countries. A recent Transportation Safety Board of Canada report on the commercial fishing industry listed the 10 greatest hazards to people who fish for a living. The main three topics were: Lifesaving appliances – The improper design, fit, use, or maintenance ...
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Offshore Injuries

Medical Dangers in Icy Cold Waters

Working offshore on oil rigs or aboard ships and other vessels can be extremely dangerous—not only because of the hazards associated with the jobs, but also as a result of the frigid waters they work around. Plunging into the icy cold waters can be extremely dangerous even to the healthiest of people. When someone is dropped into freezing waters, the body reacts instantly. Immersion in frigid ...
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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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Maritime Law, Jones Act
When an injury occurs at sea, offshore workers have legal rights and the ability to seek compensation under the Jones Act . However, it may be difficult to determine where to file a claim after an incident. Although the Jones Act itself is a federal statute, a Jones Act claim can be filed in either state or federal court. For injured seamen, they can benefit from the "savings to suitors clause," ...
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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, Offshore Accidents, News
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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Recovering from Maritime Injuries

For victims of offshore injuries , the time immediately following can be difficult to say the least. If you have been injured in such an accident—or if you have a loved one who has been hurt—it is crucial that you contact a skilled maritime accident lawyer as soon as possible to look into your situation and determine the best course of action. Under maritime injury law, there are several ways that ...
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After an accident occurs at sea, many mariners and their families may be left wondering what steps to take. They may be struggling with financial burdens and medical issues, trying to decide how to proceed. It is important to know that certain rights are protected by the Jones Act and other maritime law. Taking advantage of these rights may be a valuable asset to those injured at sea. Injured ...
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Maritime Law, Jones Act
The Jones Act , which is also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal statute created to provide protection for injured offshore workers. It is a critical piece of maritime injury law . If you or someone you know has been hurt during the course of your work, it is crucial that no time is wasted in getting the help you need from a qualified legal professional. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, ...
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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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Offshore Safety, Jones Act
Every vessel must make port. This process includes a wide range of activities, depending on the nature and size of the ship. The heavy machinery used at ports, in conjunction with many different crews operating simultaneously, the transfer of hazardous materials, and other situations increase the risk to all workers. Due to this high level of danger, the way that a port operates can greatly affect ...
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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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Maritime Law
Following an injury sustained while working offshore, no time should be wasted in contacting a skilled maritime injury lawyer who you can trust. Maritime law , which is also referred to as admiralty law, can be complex and difficult to comprehend without having a knowledgeable legal professional on your side. You need to work with maritime accident lawyers who have handled these cases before and ...
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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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Jones Act

Ferry Accidents Reveal Potential Dangers

In cities, ports, and waterways across the world, ferries are commonly used to quickly transport passengers and cars. Their relatively slow speeds and mundane trips make them seem infallibly safe, but several incidents over the past decades have proven that negligence can lead to fatal disasters on ferries. The most recent of these events took place in South Korea in April of 2014, when a ferry ...
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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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