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Blogs Posted in 2015

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As 2015 draws to a close, it’s a good time to review. Unfortunately, when it comes to offshore oil rig explosions , this can be sobering. Two major offshore oil rig accidents occurred in 2015: The Petrobras oil rig explosion off the coast of Brazil and the Pemex platform fire and explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these accidents, five oil rig workers were killed and as many as 45 ...
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Lawsuit Filed for Injured Florida Seaman

Maritime law attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a seaman from Florida who was working aboard the Edison Chouest C-Enforcer. Our client had been hurt while unloading materials aboard the vessel; he sustained severe injuries to his shoulder, arm, and various other parts of his body. Our firm filed the case in Harris County District Court and alleged that the ...
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On Monday December 14th, various insurance companies representing organizations that suffered cargo losses in the El Faro sinking requested a filing date extension from a U.S. district court. Originally, the court had given all parties until December 21 st to file their claims regarding the losses incurred by the tragic incident. However, the court recognized on Wednesday that the filing date did ...
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On December 16 th , approximately two and a half months after the tragic sinking of the El Faro , crew members’ families were finally provided with footage and photos of the wreckage. The photography was taken by the Navy vessel Apache , the home base of the investigative efforts for the case. One family invited the media to join them and make the photos public. The photos of the wreckage included ...
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Though the Deepwater Horizon exploded over 5 years ago, BP has only recently concluded major litigation with the United States. It reached its end with the largest settlement from a corporation in the history of the nation--$18.7 billion paid to the U.S. government, and another $43.8 billion portioned for additional penalties and continuous clean-up. The company’s profits have taken a 40 percent ...
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When an individual is injured in a maritime accident, they may be able to bring forward a case. Depending on the specific details of your case, you may have limited time to do so—this is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations specifically limits the period of time in which the law involved in a case is considered executable. Essentially, this law places a timeframe on a ...
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11 28

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What Is Assumption of Risk?

Assumption of risk is a legal defense that is often employed in offshore injury claims, as well as in other dangerous occupations. Employers, boat owners, captains, and others will attempt to make themselves immune to lawsuits by claiming that their employees knew the risk of their jobs, and thus cannot sue others when those risk factors result in injury. This defense hinges on a simple premise: ...
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11 27

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Yet another TOTE Maritime ship lost power and drifted for hours on the open seas this past Tuesday. A sister ship to the El Faro , the North Star lost engine power off the coast of Canada this week while sailing from Alaska to Washington. The engine failed to restart, forcing the crew to drift aimlessly for hours until the crew discovered the issue: an electrical problem that crippled the engine ...
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The Jones Act: How Do I File a Claim?

In 1920, legislation known as the Jones Act was signed into law. A major part of the legislation stipulated a protection for seamen that allowed them to hold employers liable for their injuries if they resulted from negligence. This part of the Jones Act is very much an active part of today’s shipping industry, requiring employers to provide reasonably safe environments for their workers. You can ...
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How Oil Spills Affect the Ocean

It is estimated that 706 million gallons of waste oil enter the ocean on a yearly basis. While offshore drilling, spills, and leaks only contribute around 8% of this, they still result in millions of gallons. Oil spills can happen for a number of reasons, from offshore drilling accidents to vessel accidents. When oil spills into the ocean, it will spread into the water, primarily resting on the ...
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In 2012, three Filipino construction workers lost their lives in a Black Elk Energy platform explosion. Numerous other workers were injured and the explosion caused a leak of an estimated 480 barrels of oil and water. Now, a federal grand jury is seeking to hold those responsible accountable for their involvement in the fatalities. Just today, the jury indicted two companies on charges of ...
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In most cases, oil rig injuries are caused by the negligence of another. Whether your employer didn’t offer you proper training or a manufacturer provided faulty parts, there are a number of different parties that may be accountable. Even when human error resulted in your injuries, you may still be eligible for compensation under certain maritime laws . Understanding the Laws That Apply to Your ...
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As of today, the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded their search through the wreckage and debris field of the El Faro , the freighter that was lost at sea in early October. Unfortunately, we have received word that the NTSB’s search for the Voyage Data Recorder has ended without success . As we reported on a previous blog, the VDR is a vital part of any offshore disaster ...
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As of this afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Navy’s ongoing accident investigation into the El Faro case has determined the location of the bridge deck. However, the Voyage Data Recorder, normally located at the back of the navigation bridge, is missing. Now, the USNS Apache is combing the debris field for the missing recorder. The Voyage Data Recorder records data ...
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Burn Injuries in the Maritime Industry

Burn injuries can be detrimental to victims, causing lifelong medical complications, thousands of dollars in medical bills and surgical costs, and serious pain and suffering. The emotional distress from burn injuries can also haunt victims for the rest of their lives. While the maritime industry isn’t necessarily notorious for leading the way in burn injury accidents, the threat of fires and ...
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On Tuesday, November 3, our Jones Act and maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed our second lawsuit for the tragic sinking of the El Faro . In this case, we are representing Patrick John Smith who is the son of Howard John Schoenly—one of the thirty-three men and women who lost their lives in this horrific offshore accident. TOTE Files to Limit Their Liability Last week, TOTE Maritime (the ...
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Last night, Attorney Jason Itkin appeared on CNN’S Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss how the El Faro owners are attempting to limit what’s owed to the families affected by this maritime tragedy. On Friday, TOTE Maritime, the owner of the El Faro, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Florida claiming they should bear no financial liability regarding the sinking of the ship. Per the ...
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The team on the USNS Apache has discovered wreckage of a vessel that is mostly likely the cargo ship that went missing last month during Hurricane Joaquin. The National Transportation Safety Board is still gathering evidence and will soon be using CURV 21, a remotely operated underwater vehicle equipped with video to survey the wreckage and confirm that it is the El Faro. The wreckage was ...
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All too often, companies can put their maritime workers in direct danger—and hide behind outdated laws when it comes down to liability. The story of the El Faro should serve as a warning to mariners. Sadly, the ship sunk earlier this month just a few days after leaving port when it sailed right into Hurricane Joaquin. The ship’s owners allowed El Faro to head towards the storm—despite receiving ...
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On October 28, Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Jason Itkin , and Cory Itkin of Arnold & Itkin filed suit in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida for the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship. Their suit was filed on behalf of the estate of Anthony Shawn Thomas, one of the victims aboard the ship. Thomas left behind a wife and five children. El Faro’s Voyage In the complaint, it is alleged that the El ...
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Earlier today a crew member aboard a container ship in east Harris County suffered a serious fall. The worker fell down into what is estimated to be a 60-foot hold. A hold is a space for carrying cargo, which may be covered up with a large hatch when cargo is in transport. Some newer ships have eliminated the hatch to decrease dead-weight, which can make the open hold a potential danger for crew ...
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On October 23, the United States Naval Ship Apache arrived at the last known spot of the El Faro , the cargo ship that went missing earlier this month somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean—likely near the Bahamas. The search mission was launched by the National Transportation Safety Board last week on October 19. 33 crew members were on board the vessel when it sunk, 28 of which were American. The ...
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When an American seaman from Hammond Louisiana was injured on the job after following his employer’s instructions, he decided to seek out the counsel of Arnold & Itkin. After reviewing his case, our offshore injury attorneys took fast action and filed a lawsuit on his behalf. The man suffered serious injuries while working near Fourchon, Louisiana when his boss ordered him to single-handedly lift ...
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The maritime injury lawyers at our firm have taken on a lawsuit for a Horn Lake tow boat worker who suffered serious injuries in a platform collapse incident. While working aboard the boat on the Mississippi River, he was helping tie the vessel to a port. At this time, the platform he was standing on unexpectedly broke loose and fell. The seaman ended up sustaining major injuries as a result, ...
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Put simply: results matter. No matter whether you are looking for a car mechanic, a doctor or a construction company, you need to know that who you are working with has the experience to handle your situation – and has done so before. This is never truer than when going through the process of hiring an offshore injury lawyer to handle your case. There are thousands of attorneys out there who will ...
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