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Blog category: "Tugboat Accident"

Arnold & Itkin filed a suit on behalf of four men who were injured in Sunshine, Louisiana when a towboat crashed into a dock where the men were working. As a result, the men sustained serious injuries to their neck, back, and other parts of their bodies. Their injuries will require extensive medical bills and will have lasting repercussions. The towboat company has the responsibility to ensure ...
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On Friday afternoon, two barges being pushed by a tugboat named Voyager collided with a tanker named Genesis River. One of the barges capsized, and the other was hit so hard that it was nearly sliced in half. Both barges were carrying 25,000 barrels of reformate, an ingredient used in producing high-octane gasoline. Recovery crews are still working to remove the remaining reformate from 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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Recently, our blog comprehensively covered Bouchard Transportation's safety record —their history of ignoring serious vapor leaks, their culture of secrecy, and their high turnover rate that kept problems from being solved conclusively. All of these problems contributed to the barge explosion last October that killed two men. Our firm is representing the family of one of the men who died that ...
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On October 20, ship engineer Timothy Lerette and a co-worker sailed into the dark waters of the Gulf to find his crewmates. He saw a lifejacket floating a short distance from the Bouchard-owned oil barge they worked on. He knew who it was: Du'jour Vanterpool, 26, one of two crewmembers working on the deck that night. He was dead. "We tried to retrieve him but he slipped out of his life jacket and ...
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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Tankerman

The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Texas tankerman who was injured while working on a tugboat. The seaman collapsed from heatstroke brought on by working in a harsh and unsafe environment. He lost consciousness, hurt his neck, and sustained a traumatic brain injury due to his fall. Offshore work is a dangerous occupation as it is; it is essential ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit in East Baton Rouge on behalf of a seaman who sustained severe back injuries. This man was forced to work on a tugboat rife with unavoidable slip hazards, and was severely injured as a result. Part of any vessel owner or manager’s job is to ensure the safety of the crew. Under maritime law, a seaman’s safety is paramount to the continued operation of the ship. Being a ...
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Case Filed for Seaman Injured on Tugboat

As one of the most dangerous jobs in America, offshore employment deserves the fullest protection and compensation available under the law. Arnold & Itkin is honored to be standing beside our newest client—a man who was injured while working aboard a tugboat for T&D Towing. Our client’s case was filed against his employer. Specifically, our client was asked to lift heavy nylon ropes that were far ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP has filed a case in Baton Rouge on behalf of a man who was severely injured while working on a marine tug boat. His captain asked him to perform a dangerous task—without stopping the ship or ensuring the seaman’s safety. When our client performed what was asked of him, he suffered an accident and injured his neck and back. As a seaman injured at sea, our client is entitled to ...
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A tugboat capsized early Tuesday morning as it made its way along the San Jacinto River, which was rain-swollen due to the heavy down pour in the area. Of the five crewmembers on board the Ricky J Leboeuf, four were successfully rescued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Marine Unit while the tugboat sank into the river. The fifth crewmember remained unaccounted for following the ...
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Early on Saturday at approximately 5:15 a.m., a 90-foot tugboat named the Specialist collided with a construction barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge. At the time of the incident, the tug, which had departed from Albany, had been steering a barge carrying a crane to Jersey City. According to a police spokesman, the tug struck a fixed construction barge that had been underneath the ...
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At approximately 1:20 a.m. on Monday, two eastbound Kirby Inland Marine barges and two westbound Enterprise Marine Services barges collided at mile marker 349 near Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. The two Kirby barges had been being pushed by the tug Capt. Shorty C; the other barges were being pushed by the tug Jackie. According to a U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer, the accident occurred after one of ...
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Arnold & Itkin Jones Act lawyers Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler recently filed suit on behalf of a deckhand who suffered serious neck, back, and shoulder injuries in a line handling incident while working on a tug boat in foreign waters. The seaman is from Jacksonville, Florida, but at the time of the tug boat accident, he was working for Orion Marine off the coast of the Dominican ...
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Lawsuit Filed for Texas Tankerman

Being put out of commission from a job can be extremely challenging. An individual may be left with few employment options and may find themselves wondering where to turn next. In a recent case that put a Vidor, Texas tankerman through this exact scenario, Arnold & Itkin stepped in to provide much needed legal support. Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler filed a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of ...
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Update: Texas Barge Accident Clean-Up

On Saturday, the Texas City dike was forced to close after an oil-leak was detected from a barge off the coast. The area within the levee, which runs approximately five miles, was evacuated as a precaution and to allow for cleanup operations. The spill was the result of a collision between the barge and a 585-foot-long bulk carrier ship. The barge was carrying more than 920,000 gallons at the time ...
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Causes of Maritime Tow Boat Accidents

Towboats and tugboats are vessels that play a special role in offshore and industrial operations. While they serve in different territories, both types of vessels are involved in the movement and transportation of large barges, cargo, and equipment across large bodies of water. Tugboats are boats that push or tow other vessels that cannot or should not move themselves, such as large ships in ...
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