Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2018

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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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Boat Accident, Offshore Fires
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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When a boat catches fire, firefighters have to take to the high seas to fight the blaze. These firefighters drive their boats alongside the boat on fire, ready to release torrents of water to combat the flames. When the boat operators can get in position, fighting the fire is particularly straightforward; however, there are some fires where firefighters are unable to get close due to toxic fumes. ...
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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said that an oil and gas worker employed by Talos Energy succumb to wounds he received while on the job. The worker was reportedly replacing pipes when he was wounded and died later that day as a result of the incident. Unfortunately, he was injured while trying to maintain a safe workplace environment by replacing out-of-service fire ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents
More than 20 million people take cruise ship excursions every year. However, due to the high number of things that people can do on a cruise, there are also a lot of different ways that people can get hurt. Here are some of the most common injuries that travelers face at the hands of cruise liner negligence. Slips & Falls Slips and falls occur on cruise ships all the time. An employee may fail to ...
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What Causes Offshore Slips & Falls?

From simple trips over some wiring to catastrophic tumbles on scrubbed floors, slips and falls are injuries that are deceptively dangerous. In fact, slips, trips, and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States, trailing only motor vehicle accidents as the number one accidental killer. Annually, 12,000 people are killed due to slip and fall accidents. Additionally, slips and ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Case Filed for Roustabout Maritime Worker

Arnold & Itkin’s offshore lawyers filed a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of a roustabout who was injured on a Diamond Offshore drillship. The vessel was working in the Gulf of Mexico when the seaman injured his back helping load groceries on the vessel. The injured maritime worker resides in Florien, Louisiana. Arnold & Itkin filed the lawsuit in Harris County, Texas. Our attorneys are looking ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a hardworking seaman who was injured while working aboard a Harley Marine Gulf tugboat. The man sustained serious injuries to his back and other parts of his body while performing his job duties as assigned to him by his employer. The lawsuit was filed in Harris County, Texas. Our law firm exists to hold companies accountable for hurting ...
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Boat Accident
50 individuals were traveling on a shuttle boat to a casino boat about a mile off of the coast of Florida when tragedy struck and the boat burst into flames. The fire burned the boat to its shell, leaving nothing but the hull. There is currently an investigation into the cause of the fire, which is thought to be an engine complication; however, no proof has been found as of yet. While travelling, ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a case on behalf of a tanker shoreman who sustained serious injuries when a barge operator failed to properly dock its barge. Because of this failure, our client was knocked down to the ground and dragged across a pier. As a result, he suffered back injuries, a torn ligament in his elbow, and other wounds to his body. Our legal team is honored that another worker ...
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Seven years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean. The government was called to action due to the explosion—and act it did. The Obama administration put more regulations on the oil industry than ever before. However, the Trump administration has set its sights on lowering the regulations for company profits. The Claim That Obama Regulations Were Too ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents
The passengers and crew of The Breakaway faced two days of harsh seas when the captain of the boat decided to sail through a “bomb cyclone,” which is an arctic storm where air pressure drops rapidly—at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. The cyclone created 30-foot waves and 2 miserable days for The Breakaway’s passengers. Passengers shared their stories with various news outlets: “I thought I'd never ...
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The tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an accident that touched thousands of lives, lost millions of gallons of oil, and ended in billions of dollars in legal payouts. However, the impact did not stop at the civilian or business level. The Deepwater Horizon case not only affected people and workers, it also moved the government to action. The Government’s Response to Deepwater Horizon ...
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