Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2017

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Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Alison Baimbridge and Roland Christensen filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a client who was physically and sexually assaulted when working as a Jones Act seaman in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the incident, Arnold & Itkin LLP's client was proudly working onboard a vessel when she was repeatedly threatened and forced to perform sexual ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently filed suit on behalf of an Arkansas seaman severely injured by defective towing equipment. Like all employers, the people who are in charge of maintaining his vessel and ensuring a safe work site should be found responsible for his injuries. Defective equipment often doesn’t fail overnight—behind every failed piece of equipment is a history of neglected maintenance. Our ...
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Imagine the following scenario: Two ships with plenty of space are approaching each other. It’s a clear night, and they see each other fine—both with radar instruments and visually. Equipment for both ships is functioning fine, and multiple officers onboard are on watch (or just observing). Yet, despite all this, the captain of one of the vessels decides to make a turn that puts him in the direct ...
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Slip & Fall, Seaman Injury
Arnold & Itkin LLP offshore attorneys recently filed suit on behalf of a tankerman who was injured by an unsafe gangway at BOSTCO’s terminal at the Houston Ship Channel. The tankerman was descending a gangway to board a barge when the vertical support beam broke and made him fall. Our client injured his neck and suffered several herniated discs in the fall. His injuries were a direct result of ...
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News, Seaman Injury, Wrongful Death
This weekend, our firm reported on a vessel collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal, a merchant vessel flying under the Philippine flag. The collision occurred around 1:30 am local time, so many of the sailors aboard the Fitzgerald were asleep at the time. Damage from the collision occurred in two berthing spaces, a machinery room, and a radio room. Tragically, 7 sailors were ...
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Yesterday afternoon at 1:30 pm ET (Saturday 2:30 am local time), the USS Fitzgerald collided with the ACX Crystal, a Philippine container ship traveling off the coat of Japan. The collision caused damage to the starboard (right) side of the ship below the waterline, which flooded the forward berthing compartments, a machinery room, and a radio room. Our firm is sad to report that, after being ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who worked for Coastal Dredging Company. Our client was injured while working aboard Coastal’s vessel, the CLEDUS , while being required to carry out high risk tasks. Specially, the client sustained injuries after striking a section of the vessel that was not properly ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit against Ingram Barge Company on behalf of a young Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured. Our client was injured aboard Ingram’s vessel, the M/V Martha Lynn , while being forced to work in unsafe conditions carrying dangerous amounts of weight. To compound matters, the client’s injuries were developed ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Alison Baimbridge and Roland Christensen filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas today on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when working as a Jones Act seamen. Unfortunately, Arnold & Itkin LLP’s client was recklessly injured when he was working on a vessel. At the time of the incident, Arnold & Itkin LLP’s client was performing ...
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Offshore accidents have a greater potential for disaster. Specifically, drilling operations utilize high pressure and aging equipment to accomplish highly dangerous work, with employers putting workers at risk in order to make their quotas and achieve high profits. It’s a dangerous line of work with a fatality rate many times higher than the average. For that reason alone, employers need to be ...
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Arnold & Itkin makes it our business to fight for people who have been abused by businesses and employers, people whose injuries demand justice and financial support. Our newest case is a Jones Act case on behalf of a woman who was subjected to unsafe working conditions and denied treatment by her employer—Norwegian Cruise Lines. Not only was she injured, but her requests for medical care were ...
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Jones Act Claim Filed for Young Seaman

Arnold & Itkin LLP has recently filed a Jones Act claim against Transocean on behalf of a young man who was harmed while working on the Deepwater Nautilus. Our client, a seaman with a long future ahead of him, was injured in the course of his duties. However, the real cause for legal action springs from how he was treated afterward. Our client was forced to continue his duties despite being ...
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One of the most overlooked beneficiaries of a Jones Act claim is the family of the injured seaman. Families depend on the income provided by workers across all maritime industries—when injuries prevent men and women from making a living, families suffer. That’s what happened to our newest client when he was injured while working on a cargo vessel. Our newest client is a Jones Act seaman from ...
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Suit Filed on Behalf of Arkansas Seaman

One of the most important things for an injured worker to do is refrain from working before they're fully healed. Doing so not only ensures that they’ll be able to work at full capacity--it ensures that they’ll heal correctly and prevent further injury. Policies are often put in place to protect workers from employers who force them to return to work before they’re ready. Arnold & Itkin’s most ...
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One of the most important things that you can provide an injured person is immediate medical attention. That’s why working offshore is more dangerous than other jobs on a fundamental level—hospitals are hours away, making quick response even more necessary. Unfortunately, our client was denied fast medical care due to circumstances that were completely avoidable. Our client was working on a vessel ...
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Offshore workers face some of the most dangerous and demanding work in all of American industry, which is why it’s no surprise that laws exist exclusively to protect them from unsafe work environments. As maritime injury attorneys, we are always looking for ways to protect offshore workers from the abuses and accidents that have become far too common. Our newest client was doing his duties aboard ...
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Case Filed for Seaman Injured on Tugboat

As one of the most dangerous jobs in America, offshore employment deserves the fullest protection and compensation available under the law. Arnold & Itkin is honored to be standing beside our newest client—a man who was injured while working aboard a tugboat for T&D Towing. Our client’s case was filed against his employer. Specifically, our client was asked to lift heavy nylon ropes that were far ...
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Danger of Falling Objects at Sea

At around 9 am, Gary stopped for a moment to speak with one of his coworkers at his worksite. An experienced construction worker, the 58-year-old veteran of the industry always had his hard hat around—but at the moment, his hat was in his truck.

After all, he only needed a minute to talk to his guy.

Fifty stories above him, another one of the workers was fumbling to free up ...

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$8.9 Million Secured for Injured Seaman

Kurt Arnold, Cory Itkin and Kyle Findley recently represented a seaman who had sustained serious head injury while working overseas. The client was working on an offshore drilling vessel when he, through no fault of his own, was hit in the head by heavy equipment. Through meticulous investigation, the team at Arnold & Itkin discovered that their clients’ coworkers were at fault for this ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP has filed a case in Baton Rouge on behalf of a man who was severely injured while working on a marine tug boat. His captain asked him to perform a dangerous task—without stopping the ship or ensuring the seaman’s safety. When our client performed what was asked of him, he suffered an accident and injured his neck and back. As a seaman injured at sea, our client is entitled to ...
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On February 11 th , an alert went out from the Destination to the Coast Guard transmitting their position using the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The Destination was a 95-foot fishing vessel with a 6-man crew operating in the infamous waters of the Bering Sea. Aircraft was sent out to locate and rescue the crew, but they only found the EPIRB, a life ring, some buoys, and ...
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It has been well over a year since the cargo ship El Faro sank en route to Puerto Rico after getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin. The ship went down on October 1, 2015, leaving all 33 crew members missing and presumed dead—and leaving their families to wonder what happened. Jacksonivlle.com offers an update on ordeal for the surviving families. Tote Services Inc. and Tote Maritime Puerto Rico—the ...
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Oil Rig Fire Forces Workers to Evacuate

At 2:30 this morning, the Coast Guard responded to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform, which is located 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, had 4 workers on it who were forced to abandon it due to heavy smoke. The workers, who have not yet reported injuries, were transported to Terrebonne General Hospital. All of the workers were safely rescued from their life raft ...
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