Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in August

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Arnold & Itkin News
On August 27, 2015, in a span of two hours, Arnold & Itkin obtained two substantial verdicts against W&T Offshore in two separate cases tried in Harris County Judicial District Courts. In Wesley Fredieu v. W&T Offshore , the jury took less than three hours to find the company liable for $1,700,000 in damages caused to Mr. Fredieu when a fuel gas header on one its offshore platforms exploded and ...
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Jones Act, Maritime Law
As one of the oldest forms of commerce, maritime trade employs countless seaman and workers across the globe. When a maritime worker is involved in an accident, they have certain rights and protections under the law. While land-based workers are given workers’ compensation, maritime workers are given maintenance and cure under the Jones Act and general maritime law . In addition, and injured ...
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Employer Negligence

The Cause of Maritime Accidents

Maritime accidents are often more devastating than accidents in other occupations. This is due to a few factors: for one, many maritime accidents occur a long distance from the nearest aid. The lag time between the injury and help arriving creates far worse consequences. Another reason is that maritime workers often deal with dangerous machinery in difficult weather, increasing the chances of a ...
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Offshore Safety

What Is a Roustabout?

Roustabouts: The Bottom of the Totem Pole Roustabouts are maintenance workers in the oil and natural gas industry. They are essentially the “guys on the ground,” responsible for making sure oil wells are running efficiently and constantly. As a result, a roustabout’s duties are often flexible and varied, ranging from sweeping the floors of the rig to handling dangerous chemicals. Some common ...
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Back in November 2012, a tragic offshore fire and explosion took the lives of three Filipino workers and resulted in serious injuries to several others. The Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations accident in the Gulf of Mexico rocked the offshore industry, bringing up memories of the devastating BP oil spill and explosion. Arnold & Itkin has provided representation to one of the men injured in the ...
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At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are proud to extend our help to injured offshore workers from coast to coast. Backed by years of experience, our maritime injury attorneys have been successful in recovering more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients—and we are ready to help you fight for what you deserve. Maritime Injury Lawyers Serving the Entire Gulf Coast We know that ...
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Assumption of Risk

Understanding How Assumption of Risk May Impact Your Case When you have suffered serious injuries due to a maritime or offshore accident , the last thing on your mind may be getting into a major legal battle with your employee or the party at fault. Unfortunately, even in cases where obvious negligence took place, the liable party will often try to fight this liability to avoid having to ...
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The maritime industry employs commercial divers on a full-time or contract basis to provide inspections or maintenance of offshore structures beneath the surface of the ocean. Given the harsh environment and the depths at which they are required to work, commercial diving is an especially dangerous job. Because of the specialization of their work, commercial divers are often forced to perform ...
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