Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in January

Lawsuit Filed for Texas Tankerman

Being put out of commission from a job can be extremely challenging. An individual may be left with few employment options and may find themselves wondering where to turn next. In a recent case that put a Vidor, Texas tankerman through this exact scenario, Arnold & Itkin stepped in to provide much needed legal support. Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler filed a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of ...
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Arnold & Itkin has filed a Jones Act case on behalf of a seaman from Patterson, Louisiana. The case was filed in federal court in New Orleans against the seaman's employer by our maritime injury lawyers. Our firm is fully equipped to handle matters in federal court and is prepared to relentlessly advocate for our client in this case. The injured seaman was working on a supply boat when he slipped ...
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Attorney Noah Wexler, of Arnold & Itkin, has stepped in to file suit on behalf of a seaman who suffered serious injuries while on the job. The case was filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The incident occurred when the seaman was working on the vessel. A cable snapped unexpectedly, dropping heavy equipment onto the man’s arm. This crushing accident caused the man to suffer severe bodily ...
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Over recent months, the price of oil has slid drastically and marine insurers are now warning of an increased risk of ship collisions as a result. Low oil prices drastically reduce shipping costs for marine transportation companies, which incentivizes them to ramp up their shipping activity. The increased traffic on the waterways and ports could lead to a higher number of ship collisions in 2015 ...
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The seasoned maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have filed a Jones Act case on behalf of a seaman from Portland, Texas. The seaman was working for a Louisiana supply boat company when he injured his back moving heavy equipment. When the man reported his injuries to his employer, he was subsequently fired. Not only do employers owe injured workers certain support, but they are often barred from ...
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Offshore Safety
The United States Coast Guard is issuing warnings to all offshore workers along the northeast coast to prepare for Winter Storm Juno that is expected to hit New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other parts of the northeast early this week. The National Weather Service has also issued a blizzard warning as the storm is expected to produce 2-3 feet of snow and have winds of up to 40 miles per ...
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Offshore Safety, Oil Spill, News
A portion of the fines that BP has been ordered to pay by the federal government from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and ensuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be used for offshore research. The research will be led by a team from the University of Houston and will focus on subsea engineering and other ways to develop safe, sustainable energy production in the Gulf. The goal of the ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin, LLP maritime attorneys Kurt Arnold and Caj Boatright filed a lawsuit today in Nueces County, Texas District Court against Genesis Marine, LLC, Genesis Energy, LLC and Genesis Energy, LP on behalf of their client, an injured Jones Act seamen. Their client was injured aboard a barge near Corpus Christi when a hydraulic tank unexpectedly fell due to being improperly stored. The tank ...
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Offshore Safety

Safety Checks Are Mandatory for Vessels

Commercial vessels, ranging from commercial fishing boats to passenger ferries, must go through safety checks. There has been a good deal of media coverage regarding the sinking of the Sewol ferry in April 2014, which resulted in many injuries and more than 300 fatalities. During a routine voyage, the overloaded ferry capsized and sank. The captain was among 15 crewmembers accused of abandoning ...
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Deepwater Horizon
With the recent drop in crude prices, consumers are celebrating the return of seemingly unreal gas prices at the pump (an average of $2.20 per gallon throughout the nation); however, there are many in the oil and gas industry who are beginning to panic about the effect it will have on the economy. For example, one largely agreed upon benchmark is Western Texas Intermediate, which recently dropped ...
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Commercial Fishing
The recent sinking of a South Korean trawler, a commercial fishing boat, in the frigid waters of the western Bering Sea emphasizes one of the many hazards of commercial fishing. Rescuers worked diligently searching for the 50 crew members. Seven survivors were rescued and one dead crewman was pulled from the waters. Many crewmembers remain missing. It was reported that the 1,753-ton trawler Oryong ...
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Maritime Law

Maritime Lawyer Explains Admiralty Law

In most English-speaking countries, "admiralty" and "maritime" are fairly interchangeable. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of admiralty is as follows: "the court having jurisdiction over questions of maritime law; also : the system of law administered by admiralty courts" On the other hand, the definition for maritime is the following: "of or relating to sailing on the sea or doing ...
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After a cargo ship inspector suffered painful injuries on the job, he recruited Arnold & Itkin to help him rectify the situation. Our skilled offshore lawyers quickly filed a suit on the Sour Lake man's behalf in Jefferson County, Texas. The incident occurred while the inspector was working on a cargo ship off the coast of Texas. During his shift, he tripped on an elevated rib, causing him to fall ...
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Commercial Diving
Commercial divers are 40 times more likely to be killed on the job than all other workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, because commercial diving is listed as a "non-hazardous" work group, no formal regulations are in place to protect divers. With the continuous growth in oil and gas exploration, the number of commercial diving fatalities will continue to ...
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