Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2018

Yesterday we published a blog talking about the USS McCain accident of August 2017, which led to the deaths of 10 U.S. sailors off the coast of Singapore. The incident is back in the news as 10 families bring lawsuits against the owners of the Alnic, the merchant tanker that collided with the McCain. Our very own Cory Itkin represents 9 of the 10 families. Today, we round up the most notable ...
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Last August, the USS John McCain lost steering and veered into the path of a merchant tanker, the Alnic, off the coast of Singapore. The collision between the two ships led to the deaths of 10 US sailors. Now, the sailors' families are taking legal action against the tanker ship that killed their loved ones. What has complicated the situation is the release of two reports, each of which finds ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of a Mississippi River seaman who was injured because his vessel had a trap-door manhole cover. Our client stepped on it without realizing, causing a serious fall. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, arm, and other parts of his body. Injuries like this are more than an inconvenience. As a Chief Engineer, he was able to provide for his family of four before the ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a hardworking seaman who contracted a life-threatening respiratory illness two times while working aboard a cargo ship—the APL PHILLIPINES—out of Los Angeles, CA. Arnold & Itkin has filed suit against the ship’s owner and operator, both of whom owed our client a safe working environment free from toxic pathogens. In a context where most people are ...
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Royal Dutch Shell has begun production of its deepwater Kaikias well about 100 miles off the coast of New Orleans. They originally were to begin initial production in 2019 but have reached production-ready status a year early. The Kaikias development is in the Mars-Ursa basin and is owned jointly by Shell (80%) and MOEX North America LLC (20%). It's located in 4,500 feet of water and is drilled to ...
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Employer Negligence

Maritime Casualties Must be Reported

WIDESPREAD UNDERREPORTING OF MARITIME ACCIDENTS In a 2011 study published in Accident Analysis & Prevention, researchers concluded that 50% of accidents that occur at sea are never reported. For every accident that is reported, another occurs that we never hear about . Conducted for risk prevention management, the study recommended that risk analysis consultants plan for a large margin of ...
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Arnold & Itkin News, Jones Act
The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida seaman injured on a well intervention vessel. The roustabout had his hand crushed while working with cables. He needed his thumb amputated, in addition to sustaining other severe injuries. In a profession where a tight grip is necessary for virtually all tasks, losing a thumb is catastrophic. While working aboard ...
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May 22 Is National Maritime Day

Ever since 1607, the destiny of the United States has largely been decided on the seas. Of the original 13 colonies, 12 sat on the Atlantic coast, making each colony a seafaring state to varying degrees. Some of our nation’s greatest advancements depended on our ability to travel across the ocean—from our ability to trade with Britain, to our involvement in the World Wars hundreds of years later. ...
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Crane Accidents

Offshore Work Is Getting More Dangerous

The Downtrend in Crane Safety Crane safety is at its worst point in years. In 2015, the head of the federal offshore safety agency, Brian Salerno, revealed that crane incidents per installation have doubled over the last four years. “No one wants to face the family of a worker who dies or is severely injured because we didn’t do our jobs correctly, or because we failed to recognize that the risks ...
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Training for Well Workers

The vast majority of airline crashes have one thing in common. In 75% of commercial plane accidents, the crash occurred on the first day a flight crew had ever flown together. In another study, researchers found that if you put a heart surgeon with a new team, his mortality rate went back up. Why? Experts believe that skill and competence is team-specific—meaning the skill of an individual only ...
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A Look into Life upon an Offshore Drilling Rig

Living and working on an island with two weeks off every month sounds like the dream. For offshore workers, it’s their life—and while it has its upsides, it's certainly not always a "dream." While the schedule sounds lightweight, it is purposefully designed to provide a built-in balance to the long, arduous hours and close quarters aboard the rig. Cities in their own right, offshore rigs have a ...
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When an individual is injured in a maritime accident, they may be able to file a claim for their medical costs, lost wages, and living expenses during recovery. However, depending on the specific details of your case, you may have limited time to do so—this is known as the statute of limitations. In cases that fall under offshore and maritime law, the Uniform Statute of Limitations for Maritime ...
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Our blog has previously talked about the difference between the UK's approach to offshore safety and our country's approach. In essence, the difference is in what our industry's value. In Britain, offshore companies are willing to invest in safety before failure occurs. Safety officials create a list of dire risks and prepare for them, regardless of precedent. In the US, however, we only fix ...
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Maritime Law, Jones Act
When an injury occurs at sea, offshore workers have legal rights and the ability to seek compensation under the Jones Act. It's vital to file your claim where you're likely to find a sympathetic jury. See, not all courts treat cases identically. A jury of your "peers" could have wildly different attitudes about offshore work, business, and personal injury claims in different regions of the U.S. ...
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Any person who has traveled in the open ocean has had the same fear: They're standing on the deck, enjoying a quiet moment at sea... ...When they fall into the icy waters. They scream for someone to help, but no one saw them fall. Within seconds, the boat is out of reach, leaving them behind with no one the wiser. They have 1 minute to regain control of their breathing, 10 minutes to swim to ...
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Offshore Injuries

Medical Dangers in Icy Cold Waters

Working offshore on oil rigs or aboard ships and other vessels is extremely dangerous—not only because of the hazards associated with the job but also as a result of the miles of frigid waters surrounding the workers. Plunging into the icy cold waters can be extremely dangerous, even to the healthiest of people. When someone is dropped into freezing waters, the body reacts instantly. Immersion in ...
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Jones Act, Arnold & Itkin News
The 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, our client was ordered to perform his tasks in an unsafe manner because the company refused to slow down and do things the proper, safe way. As a result, our client has now suffered spinal injuries that will impact him ...
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Offshore Safety, Jones Act
Every vessel must make port. "Making port" isn't just one task, however. It includes a wide range of activities, depending on the nature and size of the ship. The use of heavy machinery, the transfer of hazardous materials, and several crews all acting simultaneously combine to create a high-risk environment for dock workers. Due to this high level of danger, the way that a port operates can ...
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Oil Rig
We’re coming up on one year post-Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and communities are still reeling from the damage caused by the massive winds and rain. While the news was rightfully focused on the homes and businesses that were devastated on land, there was a quieter, more indirect type of damage inflicted on Texas’ economy: disruption to the oil industry. 2005’s Harsh Lesson for the Oil Industry Over ...
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Shows like the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," highlight the wonders and dangers that commercial fishermen experience every day. However, even though the show may contain certain scripted aspects, the dangers of commercial fishing accidents are quite real. Workers are more likely to die on a commercial fishing vessel than any other workplace. Facts About Commercial Fishing Accidents ...
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Seafood is enjoyed by diners across the globe, offering nutrition and flavor. The way seafood is prepared is as varied as the species that live in the ocean. The most popular way we eat seafood is raw, baked, fried, or boiled. Per capita, humankind eats 20kg of fish per year. Worldwide, the aquaculture industry produced 74 million tons of seafood! Given how much seafood we consume, our oceanic ...
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Offshore Fires, Boat Accident
Arnold & Itkin recently filed claims on behalf of three individuals seriously injured on a casino shuttle boat that burst into flames near Port Richey, Florida. Our clients were forced to jump overboard to escape the fire, crawling about 100 yards through frigid waters. For at least two of our clients, these injuries will require long-term care and treatment. The local police stated that the boat ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP’s Jones Act attorneys recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a seaman who hurt his back while working for Diamond Offshore . The roustabout was pulling drill collar slips without the proper assistance and needed back surgery to treat his injuries. The injured maritime worker resides in Alabama and has not been cleared to return to work by his surgeon. Like many offshore workers, ...
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In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon explosion forced the offshore industry to change. One of the most significant changes came from oversight—the White House created the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to ensure that the oil drilling industry was operating safely (while remaining economically viable). The result was fewer accidents and offshore injuries. However, in recent months the BSEE ...
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Offshore Safety
Walking down a cul de sac, it is not uncommon to see rows of solar panels sitting on top of rooves. Driving into parking lots, “battery-powered vehicles” are gaining more spots over time. The worlds of oil and electricity are colliding, and friction comes from having to create hybrid machines that utilize both resources. Following the trend, hybrid and electric ships are the next industry to face ...
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