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Blog category: "Employer Negligence"

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , and Alison Baimbridge filed suit in Harris County, Texas on behalf of a Louisiana man who was severely injured while working on a tug boat. Our client was sitting on a newly assembled chair that collapsed, causing him to fall backward and strike his head and neck on a set of stairs. As a result of the accident, our ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit today in Harris County, Texas on behalf of a maritime worker who was severely injured while working on an offshore platform. Our client was being transferred on a personnel basket from the platform to a vessel when, suddenly, the crane operator negligently dropped the basket. The offshore worker was ...
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Since October of 2017, Arnold & Itkin has closely followed the events surrounding the investigation of a Bouchard Transportation Co.'s Barge No. 255, which exploded and erupted into a violent fire just off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas. Our barge explosion attorneys are representing the family of Zachariah Jackson, one of the two workers killed during the incident. Officials never located ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit today against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured when he was attacked by a coworker. Our client was struck in the face with a pole by a co-worker who lost his temper without reason. To compound matters, the defendant company conducted an inadequate investigation ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Seaman Injured on Tug

The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have recently filed suit against Savage Inland Marine LLC on behalf of a Jones Act seaman. The worker suffered personal injuries while he was fulfilling his duties as directed aboard a tug known as Savage Mentor. Here, the seaman was exposed to abundant amounts of mold, making the Savage Mentor unseaworthy . Because of his exposure to mold, the ...
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Over the last two weeks, we posted two blogs regarding a barge that exploded near Port Aransas, taking the lives of two men. In the first blog, we discussed the beginning of the Coast Guard’s hearing regarding the incident, and then we explored the heartbreaking eyewitness testimony that emerged during the trial’s first week. This week, our law firm assisted the family of Jackson as we continued ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a new lawsuit today on behalf of an offshore oil rig worker who was struck by a piece of wire rope while working aboard the Noble Clyde Bordeaux. He sustained serious injuries to his face, jaw, and other parts of his body. The young man required emergency surgery to address his injuries, which were caused by the Defendants’ conduct and the unseaworthy condition of the ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family who lost a loving husband and father in a tragic, but preventable, incident. Our client's loved one was working onboard a vessel off the coast of Angola when he suffered a massive heart attack. Sadly, he was unable to receive medical attention quickly enough to save him. Our offshore wrongful death lawyers have filed suit against ...
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Making Wells Safer: A Company Initiative

There are two components to worker safety on offshore drilling projects: personal safety and process safety. Personal safety obliges workers to be cautious and careful when performing their job duties. Process safety obliges supervisors and companies to manage the hazards that cause major accidents. Most of the time, these hazards involve the release of toxic or hazardous materials, the release of ...
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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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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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The offshore injury and maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin filed a Jones Act case against Canyon Offshore and Helix Energy Solutions over the failure to provide proper medical care to one of its most loyal crew member: the ROV supervisor, who is from Florida. Here’s the story: The ROV Supervisor had worked for the companies since 2004. He had a stroke while on a vessel, but the companies failed to ...
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Liability of a Negligent Ship Captain

Tragedies at sea over the last few years have shed light on a recurring problem: captain negligence and the disaster that can result. From ferries to cruise ships, captain negligence can cost the lives of passengers. Capsized South Korean Ferry On April 16, 2015, a South Korean ferry capsized—leaving more than 300 people dead or missing, many of whom were school children. It was found that the ...
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Tragically, marine accidents are an all-too-common incident. In many cases, these accidents are caused by a dangerous weather condition, or by human error such as employer or worker negligence or distraction. Unfortunately, there are also times when these terrible accidents occur because a captain or worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For example, in 1989 an accident known as the ...
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What Causes Maritime Accidents to Occur?

Years of research and numerous statistics show that the offshore industry is responsible for some of the most dangerous work environments in the world. Every day, offshore workers are put at serious risk as they show up for work in environments that are often life-threatening—facing the alarming reality that they could sustain injury or death if applicable standards and work regulations are not ...
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Assumption of Risk

Understanding How Assumption of Risk May Impact Your Case When you have suffered serious injuries due to a maritime or offshore accident , the last thing on your mind may be getting into a major legal battle with your employee or the party at fault. Unfortunately, even in cases where obvious negligence took place, the liable party will often try to fight this liability to avoid having to ...
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A February safety alert by the Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) claims that a platform fatality offshore was caused by a number of violations on site. Their reports show that the workers were using a crane on the platform in order to place a generator that was located rig and place it on a vessel. Closely positioned by the lift were two tanks and a lubricator that was 14 feet ...
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Fall Protection at Marine Terminals

Marine terminals can be very dangerous, and there are many fall hazards at these locations. In many terminals, personnel platforms are attached to the container spreaders of container handling gantry cranes. With these cranes, workers are able to transport workers, tools, and equipment from container ships efficiently. While this method is practical, it is not always the safest. Workers can easily ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin are representing longshoreman who was involved in a slip and fall accident, resulting in severe injuries. The plaintiff suffered from fractured bones in his wrist and his ankle, as well as numerous other injuries, after falling over 20 feet from the vessel's deck.The conditions on the vessel were extremely slippery; and ...
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