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Maritime Law

How to File Under the LHWCA

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) was created to cover workers’ compensation claims for maritime employees who do not fall under the Jones Act. Essentially, the LHWCA are rules and regulations that cover workers’ compensation for those who are not considered to “directly aid in the function or mission of a sea vessel.” This means harbor workers and other employees who are ...
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Wrongful Death, News
The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are currently investigating the passing of a drillship worker early Saturday morning. The fatality occurred aboard the Transocean owned Petrobras 10,000 drillship while in an area of the Gulf named the Walker Ridge 469. The deceased seaman worked as a floorhand for Spencer Ogden, where he assisted in pipe handling ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin recently filed suit on behalf of a young man injured while working aboard a Hornbeck offshore supply vessel. Our client sustained serious injuries to his back and other areas of his body as he performing assigned job duties. After receiving medical treatment, he needed help in seeking fair financial compensation. That’s where Arnold & Itkin came in. Our lawyers have since filed in ...
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News, Offshore Safety

Maritime Incubator Opens in New York

If a newborn is having difficulty acclimating when he or she is born, they are placed in an incubator. An incubator is a place where ideal conditions promote the growth of an organism. The temperature, the space, even the sounds of the environment are monitored in an incubator so that a newborn has the best chance at developing normally. A technological incubator is the same, except the target of ...
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Jones Act, Maritime Law
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act , was a federal statute implemented into American history 97 years ago. The Jones Act was created in response to American shipping issues during World War I. During World War I, America suffered from a lack of trading vessels as trade ships were used for the war effort and could not continue on their mercantile routes. To make America more prepared ...
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News
Around 2 a.m. this morning, a fire broke out on the Shell Enchilada Platform, which was located 100 miles south of the Vermillion Bay. The fire was first reported to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders at 1:20 a.m. It has been reported that two workers were injured in the blaze and more than three dozen workers were evacuated off the rig. More than 45 people were aboard at the time of the ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
On October 20, a seaman was killed after the oil barge he was aboard exploded off the coast of Port Aransas. While picking up work from the Bouchard Transportation Company, the presumed-dead sailor set out for work on a company owned, operated, and managed vessel. Only a few hours after shipping off, he and another crew member were caught in the explosion and went missing. One of the missing crew ...
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Jones Act

New Case Filed for Injured Maritime Worker

Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit against Maersk for injuries sustained by a Jones Act seaman aboard one of their vessels. The client critically injured his back when his assigned bed fell apart underneath him. The seaman spent twelve days in an overseas hospital before returning to the States, spending several more days in a hospital before finally undergoing major spinal surgery. ...
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Barge Accident

Fuel Barge Explodes Off Port Aransas Coast

Early Friday, a fuel barge exploded off the Port Aransas coast, leaving two missing. The explosion occurred around 4:30 a.m. while the barge was being pulled by a tug, according to a mayday message to Coast Guard watchstanders by the tug’s captain. Six crew members were reportedly pulled to safety. Crew Goes Missing After the Fire In the aftermath of the explosion, it was discovered that two of ...
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Oil Rig
As of last evening, the U.S. Coast Guard has ceased its search for the missing rig worker in Lake Pontchartrain. Their search was conducted over nearly 24 hours nonstop, utilizing 10 search missions covering 90 square miles. In a statement, the Coast Guard sent their thoughts and prayers to the family of Timothy Morrison, 44, who was left missing when a gas and oil storage rig exploded on Sunday ...
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Oil Rig
The rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain (which has been reported both as an oil rig and a natural gas storage rig) has left one worker missing and at least 7 injured—three of them in critical condition. The identity of the missing worker has been revealed to be 44-year-old Timothy Morrison of Katy, TX. Sheriff Lopinto of Jefferson Parish has vowed to search for Mr. Morrison for as long as it ...
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Around 7 PM Sunday night, a rig exploded on Lake Pontchartrain in Jefferson Parish. Originally reported as an oil rig, the natural gas storage rig may have exploded due to the ignition of cleaning chemicals during routine maintenance work (according to officials). The explosion injured seven, leaving two workers in the burn unit at Baton Rouge. As of Monday afternoon, search and rescue efforts are ...
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Oil Rig
Update: the rig was originally reported as an oil rig, but some sources report it is actually a natural gas storage rig. On Sunday night, an oil rig exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, LA. According to the Kenner Police Department spokesman, rescue boats had been dispatched from the Kenner Boat Launch; the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is assisting. He went on to say there ...
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Helicopter Accidents
Four people are dead and two are missing following a helicopter crash off the coast of Angola. The crash occurred after Tuesday, September 26 at 3:23 pm local time. The helicopter was heading to a Chevron oil platform off the coast of Cabinda carrying 5 passengers and the pilot. There’s roughly 50 miles of ocean between the coast of Angola and the oilfield. Search and rescue operations have ...
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Crane Accidents
Last week there was a crane accident in Galveston that killed two workers and left a third with minor injuries. At 10:45am on Wednesday, Galveston County first responders received a call that an industrial accident had happened on a dock on Pelican Island, at a facility reportedly owned by T&T Marine Offshore. By the time police, firefighters, and EMS arrived, two men at the scene were already ...
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Why Does the Navy Keep Having Accidents?

This has not been a good year for the U.S. Navy—specifically the 7 th fleet, which is stationed in Japanese waters. There have been four collisions since January, two of them resulting in loss of life. That’s a staggering number when you consider that the average Navy vessel collides with anything only once every two years, if that. That includes minor brushes with buoys. It’s even rarer for two ...
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Tugboat Accident
Arnold & Itkin filed suit in East Baton Rouge on behalf of a seaman who sustained severe back injuries. This man was forced to work on a tugboat rife with unavoidable slip hazards, and was severely injured as a result. Part of any vessel owner or manager’s job is to ensure the safety of the crew. Under maritime law, a seaman’s safety is paramount to the continued operation of the ship. Being a ...
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Offshore Injuries
Arnold & Itkin LLP filed suit in East Baton Rouge Parish on behalf of an experienced seaman injured aboard an unseaworthy ship. Though the company that hired this seaman holds itself out as a company of values, its vessel maintenance proved otherwise as our client was hurt when poorly secured deck rigging fell on his head. Worse, the company’s chosen captain refused to return to port—despite the ...
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Jones Act
The maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a Jones Act case against Harley Marine Gulf, LLC on behalf of a Kansas City man working as a tankerman on a tugboat. The incident occurred at Southwest Shipyards in Channelview, Texas. The seaman injured his back when he was ordered to move heavy equipment without the proper help. After causing severe injuries to his back, the company failed to ...
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Employer Negligence
The offshore injury and maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin filed a Jones Act case against Canyon Offshore and Helix Energy Solutions over the failure to provide proper medical care to one of its most loyal crew member: the ROV supervisor, who is from Florida. Here’s the story: The ROV Supervisor had worked for the companies since 2004. He had a stroke while on a vessel, but the companies failed to ...
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Oil Rig
Arnold & Itkin, LLP recently filed a case involving a man who was injured aboard a fixed oil production platform when he was instructed to lift a compressor weighing over 300 pounds without being provided proper safety equipment to complete the task. As a result of this negligent tasking, the man sustained injuries to his neck, back, and shoulders. It’s the supervisor’s job to ensure that everyone ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a case involving a longshoreman who was struck by falling cargo and equipment at the Chalmette Midstream Buoys during a cargo unloading operation. The incident occurred when the main crane cable aboard the M/V Unison Power, a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier failed. As a result of the incident, the man sustained injuries to his back, neck, groin, and other parts of ...
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Boat Accident
One fisherman has been killed and two others injured in a boating accident that occurred Friday night on Lake Baree in Louisiana. The Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s report said that six fisherman and their captain were on a charter trip when the 25-foot vessel struck an underwater wellhead around 11 pm. Upon impact, three of the men onboard were ejected from the boat. Two of them have been treated ...
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Jones Act
Offshore injury & maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman. While performing his assigned tasks onboard a vessel, the client was assigned to perform a dangerous lifting task using defective equipment. As a result, the client suffered serious injuries to his neck and back. Our firm has often and loudly called for industrial employers ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Lawsuit Filed for Injured Seaman in Louisiana

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis filed a lawsuit today in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA against Crowley Marine Services, Inc. on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured aboard the ATB Legacy. Our client was required to perform job duties by himself, including the dangerous lifts that lead to his injuries. To compound matters, our client was not ...
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