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Arnold & Itkin Wins Two Verdicts Within a Two Hour Span

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 broke Mr. Fredieu’s left arm in two places. Though W&T Offshore contested liability for over two years, its Vice President of Production was forced to admit under cross-examination that the company had no excuse for failing to make the fuel gas header safe before the accident happened. The jury held W&T Offshore 100% liable and awarded every dollar sought by Mr. Fredieu. Arnold & Itkin lawyers Caj Boatright and Kala Sellers tried the case.

Two hours after the Fredieu verdict, Arnold & Itkin lawyers Kyle Findley and Ces Tavares obtained another verdict against W&T Offshore for $2,800,000 in Luke Meyers v. W&T Offshore. Mr. Meyers suffered a crushed foot when a piece of crane equipment on a W&T Offshore platform fell over 70 feet and struck him. Though it took two weeks to try the case, the jury needed only two hours of deliberation to find that W&T Offshore was 100% at fault for the incident and award Mr. Meyers his full damages.

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