Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2019

On March 24, 1989, one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States happened. The Exxon Valdez oil spill was so significant that it remained the worst American oil spill until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April of 2010. The accident happened when the supertanker Exxon Valdez collided with the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Over 10.8 million gallons of oil spilled ...
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Last Sunday, a helicopter owned and operated by Bristow Group Inc. crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The accident occurred around noon as the helicopter was transporting one passenger and the craft’s pilot between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana. The helicopter was a Bell 407 registered with the number N577AL. Currently, the cause of the crash is not known, and the FAA and NTSB are investigating the ...
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Arnold & Itkin is representing a young man who sustained serious injuries to his back while working on a tugboat in the Mississippi River. The man fell while working on board and landed on his back. The defendants failed to provide our client with a safe working environment and failed to train other employees, which exposed the young man to significant harm. It is the employer’s responsibility to ...
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Oil Spill
We need oil. It heats our homes, powers our transportation, and fuels the most important components of the nation’s economy. However, when oil companies make mistakes, their product that we need and use ends up causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to the oceans, coastlines, and the business that rely on them. Both short-term and long-term effects of oil spills are devastating for ...
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News

Two States Take Steps to Ban Offshore Drilling

Last December, we covered the nine states that joined a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the exploration of gas and oil of the East Coast. Sixteen communities in South Carolina filed the lawsuit over concerns that the tools used to do offshore exploration for oil and gas is destructive to wildlife. The other states joined the lawsuit out of concern for the well-being of their coastal ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Jones Act Seaman

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a young Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured aboard a drillship. Our client was working on the drillship when another worker kicked a pipe, causing it to roll onto our client’s leg, shattering it. Our client was forced to seek ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Young Seaman

Arnold & Itkin filed suit in St. Louis on behalf of a young seaman who suffered shoulder and neck injuries while working in Mississippi. His captain ordered him to perform lifting work that was patently unsafe, and our client’s future suffers as a result of injuries suffered during these activities. After the accident, the company terminated him and refused to comply with their maintenance and ...
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Arnold & Itkin is proud to represent a man from Midlothian, Texas who was severely injured while working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The man was ordered to test some lifeboats on the defendants’ drilling rig. While the defendants were pulling the man and his crew back into the rig, the boat dropped, jarring the man’s body and injuring his back. The man has already undergone back surgery. Back ...
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Arnold & Itkin’s offshore wrongful death attorneys recently filed a case on behalf of the family of a young man who lost his life while performing tow work in the Baton Rouge area. The worker was on a barge when it collided with another vessel, causing him to fall into the water and drown. His captain had a duty to operate the barge safely. To make matters worse, the employer let down the young ...
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If you are embarking to an offshore rig for the first time, you may be wondering what you need to bring with you. Working on a platform is different than most jobs. It requires long hours, intense physical work, and weeks away from friends and family. While most only worry about what to wear on the first day of a job, offshore workers must pack their entire lives into a small bag. Here are the ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Offshore Worker

Arnold & Itkin is proud to represent a young man from Winnsboro, Louisiana who was severely injured while working on an offshore platform off the coast of Louisiana. Despite heavy winds and weather conditions that made the working conditions dangerous, the young man was still ordered to work. Unfortunately, he sustained severe injuries to his back and other parts of his body that will require ...
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Offshore Safety
When most people think of dangers that offshore workers experience, dramatic images of explosions are usually the first thing to come to mind. While explosions are a constant risk for offshore workers, they are also in contact with dangerous chemicals on a regular basis. If ignored, these chemicals can silently cause injury and death. Hydrogen Sulfide Besides being flammable, hydrogen sulfide is ...
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