Offshore InjuryBlog

Blogs Posted in 2020

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News, Offshore Accidents, Jones Act
In 2017, the Jones Act received criticism for how it affected the people of Puerto Rico. After the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico had no power, no infrastructure, destroyed homes, and ruined agriculture. Critics of the Jones Act pointed out that the Jones Act wasn’t being helpful for recovery efforts for Puerto Rico. Specifically, they said that the law made it ...
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The tugboat accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit against Ascend Performance and IntraTug as a result of serious back injuries sustained to their client. While working as a lead deckman for IntraTug, he was instructed to perform unsafe work by his captain. While performing this work, he had to use a dock that was owned and maintained by Ascend Performance. Upon stepping on the dock, ...
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There’s a lot to worry about if you’re an offshore worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. As if falling oil prices weren’t enough stress for offshore oil rig workers, they now must face the COVID-19 pandemic on vessels where space is rare. Close quarters, long work hours, and being far from medical care are just a few of the challenges that make a virus outbreak on an offshore oil rig worrisome. ...
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In early February, the dangers of a COVID-19 outbreak onboard cruise ships were made abundantly clear when authorities quarantined Carnival’s Diamond Princess at a dock in Yokohama, Japan. All 3,711 people aboard the ship were stuck in Tokyo Bay for 27 days. By mid-March, 712 passengers had tested positive for coronavirus. By mid-April, fourteen of those on board had died from the virus. The ship ...
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Last Friday, a 41-foot supply boat overturned on the Neches River south of Port Neches. The incident killed one of the three passengers who were on the boat when it capsized. According to reports, the victim and two other workers from Carlsen’s Mooring Service were bringing cleaning supplies to a ship offshore. Carlsen’s Mooring Service is a company that supplies Port Arthur refineries and all ...
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News, Cruise Ship Accidents
Our firm has previously reported on the serious health crisis Carnival was facing in March. The Diamond Princess, the Grand Princess, and at least five other ships have all been host to serious COVID-19 outbreaks—more than any other cruise operator in the world. At one point, one of its ships had a larger cluster of coronavirus cases ever seen outside of mainland China. The result is staggering—in ...
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When looking at the history of the offshore oil exploration and extraction industry, it’s essential to look at some of the moments that have defined the industry—even if they’re bad moments. Examining oil rig disasters in history helps us learn about what went wrong. What changes could a company have made to its operations? What methods should oil rigs around the world adopt to stop another ...
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Arnold & Itkin’s offshore injury lawyers are fighting for the compensation that a platform worker from Morgan City, Louisiana deserves and needs. Our client suffered a stroke while working off the coast of Louisiana, but the operator of the platform failed to get him the medical attention that he needed in a timely manner. This delay in treatment caused the man to sustain serious disabilities that ...
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10 years ago, the nation was shocked by the deadliest oil rig explosion and fire in its history. When the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010, it claimed the lives of 11 workers, injured many others, and triggered one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history. It took two days for the Deepwater Horizon to sink and nearly three months to stop its well from leaking 210 ...
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The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime law that governs safety on merchant ships. The first version of the law was created in 1914. It was created in response to the Titanic disaster, the now infamous cruise liner sinking that claimed the lives of nearly 1,500 people. The creators of the treaty designed it to prevent the preventable loss of ...
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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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News, Cruise Ship Accidents
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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News, Offshore Safety
We all get tired at work. However, many workers are fortunate that their at-work fatigue doesn’t place the lives of their coworkers at risk. Thanks to grueling work and long shifts, many offshore workers understand how easy it is for them and their coworkers to get tired while on the job. They also know how dangerous their job can be if they aren’t alert and focused on it. Texas A&M Today reported ...
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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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Are Riverboat Casinos Jones Act Vessels?

While Louisiana’s offshore industry is known thanks to the state’s oil industry, not every Louisianan offshore worker is on an oil rig. In fact, many residents of Louisiana are employed on one of the state’s many riverboat casinos. While oil rigs workers have been able to make Jones Act claims after an offshore accident , it hasn’t always been clear if riverboat casino workers can do the same. ...
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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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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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Boat Accident, News
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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