Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2020

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Noah M. Wexler and Ben Bireley recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Shell employee who is suffering after a lifeboat fell from an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The incident killed two other workers and caused our client to sustain serious injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulder, knee, and other parts of his body. Offshore work is some of the most dangerous and ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents, News
Four passengers have died on a Holland America cruise ship, the company announced in a statement about the latest coronvirus outbreak aboard a Carnival-owned vessel. Two more passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the Zaandam, a ship carrying over 1,800 souls. Over 100 others are exhibiting signs of coronavirus infection—53 passengers and 85 crew, according to the company. “Four older ...
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When passengers boarded the Costa Luminosa, they had no idea that they were placing their health and safety into the hands of a company that was unprepared for a viral outbreak at sea. Days before dozens of crew members and passengers on the Costa Luminosa became sick, the vessel’s owner, Carnival Cruises, was making headlines related to the coronavirus. Two Carnival cruise ships, the Diamond ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorney Roland Christensen filed suit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman from Harris County, Texas. Our client was seriously injured after he slipped and fell on a slick surface while performing the duties of his job. His employer failed to provide a safe workplace, and our client is now suffering from injuries that should have never happened. Under the Jones Act, vessel owners are ...
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A tugboat on the Mississippi River collided with the Luling Bridge in St. Charles Parish during the early hours of Sunday morning. The vessel was leading a train of grain barges when it crashed into the bridge, causing two of the barges to collide. So far, officials have said that the incident has not caused any injuries. About the Luling Bridge Tugboat Crash According to officials, the incident ...
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According to a recent report from NOLA.com , offshore oil and gas accidents and deaths have spiked after the Trump administration rolled back regulations on the industry. Many were worried about the safety of offshore workers since the day the administration announced the rollbacks. Last year, we reported that safety advocate groups were concerned that that the administration was rolling back ...
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Arnold & Itkin News, Jones Act

Case Filed for Injured Fisherman

Arnold & Itkin’s Jones Act lawyers are currently representing a fisherman who sustained injuries while performing the duties of his job. The fisherman was forced to perform dangerous tasks on rough seas with an inexperienced crew. Our client’s employer failed to provide the foundations of a safe work environment, and he is now unfairly suffering because of this. Too often, we see Gulf Coast ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit on behalf of an injured seaman from Galveston County who worked with the same company for years. After sustaining a serious injury on the job, which required surgery, he was then pressured to return to work by the company. Pressuring employees to return to work before they’re fully recovered can make it even more likely for a worker to get injured in the future; just as ...
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Oil Companies, News
In 2018, the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), led by Director Scott Angelle, changed well-drilling safety rules that had just been changed two years earlier during the previous presidential administration. Rule-changing processes involve a great deal of memos and responses, all of which create a written record of how new rules are formed. The purpose of keeping a written record ...
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News, Boat Accident
One man was killed, and another is missing after a boating accident on Bayou Sorrel in Iberville Parish. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. at Jack Miller’s Landing on Belleview Drive in Plaquemine. Two other men were able to swim to shore after the collision. What Happened During the Bayou Sorrel Boat Accident According to officials, four boaters were traveling down the Intercoastal Canal on ...
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Two weeks ago, a vessel collision on the Mississippi River claimed the lives of three men. The incident occurred on January 26 in the early hours of the morning and involved two towing vessels, the RC Creppel and the Cooperative Spirit. All victims were from the crew of the Creppel, and the boat sank because of the incident. Arnold & Itkin Is Representing the Families of Two Victims Now, Arnold & ...
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When Is a Vessel Unseaworthy?

One of the cornerstones of maritime law involves determining the seaworthiness of a vessel. Seaworthiness describes a vessel’s condition and whether it is in the proper condition to safely operate on open water. When a vessel is unseaworthy, it can place the safety of everyone on board and can cause serious injuries or death. Knowing if a vessel was seaworthy during an accident can help an injured ...
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Jones Act
The Jones Act is one of the most important laws for offshore workers. It provides them with the ability to pursue compensation after sustaining injuries caused by an employer’s negligence. One of the most important aspects of a Jones Act claim is understanding how one works. Doing so will help you make the right decisions to strengthen your claim and help you obtain the compensation that you need. ...
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Case Filed for Injured Transocean Worker

Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a case for a Jones Act seaman. Our client sustained severe injuries while he was working offshore on a Transocean drillship. The worker was performing the duty of his job in heavy seas when the rough waters caused him to fall down a flight of stairs. Our client is now suffering from injuries to his back, head, and ...
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Three people are missing after two vessels collided Sunday morning on the Mississippi River in Destrehan, Louisiana. The Coast Guard reported that the incident occurred around 5:30 a.m near mile marker 123. While one person was rescued from the water, a search-and-rescue mission is currently underway for the three missing people. Officials have deployed a response boat as well as a helicopter to ...
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Yesterday afternoon, 600-foot chemical tanker Bow Fortune collided with an 80-foot fishing vessel named Pappy’s Pride offshore from Galveston, Texas. The impact caused the fishing vessel to capsize; two fishermen are still missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The collision occurred right at the entrance to the Houston-Galveston Ship Channel, near the long granite jetties. Two response boats ...
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Many focus on some of the more well-known industries in the offshore industry. Oil and gas jobs, fishing, and other maritime work are among the first industries that come to mind. However, maritime construction is an offshore job that has the dangers associated with construction combined with the risks of offshore work. Marine construction jobs include: Offshore oil rig construction Dredge work ...
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