$76.6 Million Verdict Won Against Johnson & Johnson for Boy Who Grew Female Breasts
Attorneys Jason Itkin, Kyle Findley and Ces Tavares won a $76.6 million
jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical.
Santana McMurrey and Cory Itkin also assisted on the case. Jason and Kyle
represented a family that sued J&J for failing to warn them that J&J’s
antipsychotic medicine Risperdal could cause young boys to grow female
breasts. By winning the verdict, Arnold & Itkin held J&J accountable
for disfiguring their client.
The defendants fought at every turn. They argued that this was the only
drug that worked, that he continued to stay on the drug after being informed
of the risks, and that the drug does not cause gynecomastia (female breasts
growth on males). During trial, the Arnold & Itkin attorneys also
uncovered evidence through cross-examination that became known in the
case as "Tab 4." The information in Tab 4 had never become public
until the trial. Tab 4 included scientific data showing a link between
Risperdal and gynecomastia. J&J intentionally kept Tab 4 secret, withholding
it from the FDA and keeping it out of published scientific studies.The
jury found that J&J intentionally falsified, concealed, or destroyed
After an 11 day trial, the Philadelphia jury unanimously found that the
defendant failed to warn of the side effects associated with the drug
and that the failure to warn was a substantial factor in causing gynecomastia.
The jury awarded Arnold & Itkin’s client $76.6 million. This
is the largest single verdict in a Risperdal-gynecomastia case.
$29 Million Settlement in Offshore Accident
Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin successfully secured a record
settlement for a single family who tragically lost a loved one. It is
the largest known settlement for a death that occurred offshore.
$12 Million Recovered for Injured Plant Worker
Attorneys Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Cory Itkin are pleased to announce
that they have settled an injured plant worker's case for $12 million.
The plant worker was burned at a refinery when a safety valve failed.
Arnold & Itkin was able to ensure that the worker received the medical
attention he needed and that his financial future is secure. The case
resolved two weeks before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $4,314,677.50.
$11.5 Million Dollar Settlement for Injured Offshore Worker
Arnold & Itkin's client was injured in an offshore accident, sustaining
physical and psychological injuries. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin
and Cory Itkin were able to obtain a settlement of $11.5 million for the
client's continued care.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,795,000.00.
$8 Million Settlement for Injured Seaman
Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin filed suit in Houston, Texas on
behalf of an injured Louisiana steward. He was injured during an offshore
accident that ultimately resulted in back surgery. His injuries prevented
him from returning to work offshore. Plaintiff has initially consulted
different lawyers that told the injured seaman that his case might be
worth a few hundred thousand dollars. He then sought a second opinion
from Arnold & Itkin LLP. After filing suit and extensive work, the
case settled for $8 million before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,296,403.15.
Arnold & Itkin Obtains a $7.1 Million Settlement for Injured Offshore Worker
A client of Arnold & Itkin sustained traumatic injuries after an accident
offshore, including bulging and herniated discs as well as complications
associated with a concussion. By showing the severe impact his injuries
had on his ability to live his life and do his job, attorneys Kurt Arnold,
Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a settlement of over $7.1
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,439,943.68.
$6.25 Million Settlement Won for Mississippi Family
Cory Itkin and Jason Itkin won a $6,250,000 settlement on behalf of a Mississippi
family whose loved one died while working offshore. The man was a barge
engineer who was working off the coast of Africa. He suffered a heart
attack and it took several hours to get him to a cardiologist trained
to treat his condition. As a result, his family filed a Jones Act lawsuit
against the employer. The employer argued it wasn’t responsible
for the worker’s heart attack and pointed out how difficult it is
to get a specialized medical treatment for workers in remote working locations.
Cory and Jason were able to beat back these arguments and obtain a settlement
that will ensure that the worker’s family is taken care of. The
case was pending in Harris County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,582,566.13.
$5.8 Million Settlement in Maritime Injury Case
A $5.8 million settlement was awarded to Arnold & Itkin on behalf of
their injured offshore client. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and
Cory Itkin were able to demonstrate that his post-traumatic stress and
disc and head injuries severely impacted his quality of life, which led
to the successful outcome of the case.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,027,512.68.
$5.6M Settlement in Wrongful Death Case
Attorneys Cory Itkin and Kurt Arnold obtained a $5.6 million settlement
on behalf of the mother of an offshore worker who died in a crane accident.
The defendants argued that the incident was not their fault and tried
to blame other parties for what happened. They also attempted to diminish
the mother's damages by arguing that the deceased worker was not married
and had no dependents at the time of his death. Cory took approximately
20 depositions in the case, fought the companies in state and federal
court--as well as in appellate courts--in order to ensure the mother received
fair compensation for the loss of her son.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,520,714.99.
$5.5 Million Settlement for Young Worker Injured At Sea
A young client working offshore was injured in an accident and suffered
depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Arnold & Itkin fought
to successfully represent her and was able to obtain a $5.5 million settlement
for on her behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,380,909.44.
$5.5 Million Settlement for Concussed Rig Worker
After a terrible offshore accident, Arnold & Itkin's client suffered
head and back injuries leading to chronic and continued pain. Kurt Arnold,
Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin secured a $5.5 million settlement to cover
the cost of continued care.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,316,501.11.
$5.5 Million Settlement Secured for Injured Workers
Jason Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Cory Itkin are proud to announce that they
won a $5.5 million settlement for four injured workers. The case presented
many difficult legal and factual hurdles. However, Arnold & Itkin’s
creative approach to framing the case’s liability theory allowed
their clients to overcome several motions by the defense to have the case
thrown out of court. The target defendant, one of the largest companies
in the U.S.A., agreed to the settlement during jury selection. Arnold
& Itkin is honored to have won the settlement on behalf of our clients,
which will ensure that the workers are taken care of for the rest of their
lives. Arnold & Itkin is also proud that the lawsuit led to safety
changes that will ensure that an accident of this type does not happen again.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,208,195.22.
$5.4 Million Settlement for PTSD Victim
Arnold & Itkin’s client experienced psychological trauma after
an accident offshore. Maritime attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and
Cory Itkin were pleased that the $5.4 million settlement awarded to their
client would ensure that he and his family would be taken care of into
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,246,786.28.
$5.2 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
After an offshore accident, the plaintiff suffered from a herniated disc
and a concussion, as well as post-traumatic stress. Attorneys at Arnold
& Itkin fought to receive a $5.2 million dollar settlement so that
the client's future would not be uncertain.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,159,497.48.
$4.8 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a $4.8 million dollar settlement
for a client who sustained a concussion and a herniated disc injury in
an offshore accident. The attorneys are pleased to say that their client's
quality of life has improved thanks to the excellent medical care provided
for by the settlement.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,994,134.21.
$4.6 Million for Woman with Bulging Disc and Concussion
After their client sustained head and injuries in an offshore accident,
attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to prove that
the loss in quality of life as well as the forced career change required
a compensation of $4.6 million.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,929,890.87.
$4.5 Million for Victim of Offshore Accident
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin received a $4.5 million
settlement on behalf of their client who sustained a herniated disc as
well as ankle injuries after an offshore accident in his place of employment.
Arnold & Itkin is proud that his family’s needs will be met
for many years.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,589,040.03.
$4.1 Million Settlement for Injured Rig Man
After suffering from a concussion due to an accident offshore, the client
could not return to work. Arnold & Itkin was able to take on his case
and secure a $4.1 million settlement. This will take care of the client
and his family now that he can no longer provide for them in his area
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,440,895.57.
$4 Million Settlement for Injured Offshore Worker
A client who suffered from a concussion and a herniated disc as well as
neck, knee and ankle injuries after an offshore accident was awarded a
$4 million settlement thanks to the tenacious advocacy of attorneys Kurt
Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,690,440.01.
$3.8 Million Settlement for Offshore Accident Victim
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a
$3.8 million settlement for a client traumatized by an offshore accident.
The client suffered from post traumatic stress disorder as well as a concussion,
and was unable to return to his only known field of work. Arnold &
Itkin was pleased to help secure his future with this award.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,622,928.80.
$3.8 Million Settlement for Seriously Injured Offshore Worker
Attorney Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin's client experienced
throat injuries in addition to post traumatic stress after an offshore
accident. The $3.8 million settlement he received will help support him
through his recovery and the years to follow.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,588,456.34.
$3.8 Jury Verdict for Worker Injured in Basket Transfer
Arnold & Itkin, LLP won a $3.8 million jury verdict on behalf of an
offshore contractor who was injured during a basket transfer that went
wrong. The injured worker was from Jeanerette, Louisiana and was hurt
while attempting to transfer from a crew boat to a jack up rig in rough
seas. Arnold & Itkin's client eventually needed surgery on his
back and neck to treat his injuries. The crew boat company argued that
the accident never even occurred and that the man's surgeries were
unnecessary. Arnold & Itkin proved these allegations were wrong. Before
trial, the defendant only offered $200,000 to settle the case, but settled
after the trial for $3 million to help the client and his family move
on with their lives. The case was tried in St. Mary's Parish, Louisiana
with the Honorable John E. Conery presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,448,403.42.
$3.7 Million Settlement Achieved for Injured Foreign Worker
Cory Itkin won a $3,700,000 settlement on behalf of a foreign worker who
was injured when a fire broke out on an offshore platform the client was
working on. Cory’s client was severely burned in the incident. The
platform was located in the Gulf of Mexico. The fire broke out when one
of the plaintiff’s co-workers began welding without a hot work permit.
The defendants argued that the fire was solely the fault of the co-worker
(who the plaintiff was not allowed to sue). The case was made even more
difficult due to the fact that Cory’s client was a foreign worker
who did not speak English very well. Cory was able to overcome these obstacles
and, after a week of trial, obtain a settlement that will ensure that
the worker and his family will be taken of as they try to recover from
the tragedy. The case was pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,740,031.34.
$3.2 Million for Victim of Offshore Accident
The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $3.2
million settlement for a client who was severely injured while performing
his job duties. He suffered a concussion and a herniated disc in an offshore
accident. The man also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Thanks
to the hard work and tenacity of the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin,
he was able to get the justice he deserved.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,303,666.80.
$3.2 Million for Injured Oil Worker
Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin took on the case of a client who suffered
from a concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sustained these
injuries after an offshore work accident. The man was awarded a $3.2 million
settlement thanks to the hard work and legal aggressiveness of the team
of maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,420,231.05.
$3.1 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP accepted the offer of $3.1 million on behalf of
an offshore worker severely injured in an accident. The client suffered
from a herniated disc as well as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result
of the accident. Due to their expertise in maritime law and tenacious
legal representation, their attorneys were able to obtain a successful outcome.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,120,701.44.
$3 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $3 million settlement
for their maritime client. He was injured while performing his job duties
at an offshore worksite. His injuries were a head injury and a bulging
disc injury. Due to the aggressive representation and maritime law experience
of Arnold & Itkin, the client was able to get the compensation he deserved.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,036,588.02.
$2.9 Million for Offshore Accident Victim
A maritime worker sought the legal help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin
after he was severely injured in an offshore accident. When it came time
to file a claim, he looked to Arnold & Itkin and they were able to
see that he was awarded a $2.9 million settlement after proving that he
suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of the incident.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,246,002.75.
$2.9 Million Settlement for Worker Injured Offshore
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin
were able to secure a $2.9 million settlement for a worker who was injured
offshore. Upon receiving his injuries, the maritime worker sought the
help of Arnold & Itkin for the legal expertise he needed. They were
able to prove that the worker was deserving of compensation and secured
him a large settlement.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,213,472.17.
$2.8 Million Award Won for Worker with a Broken Ankle
Attorneys Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, Cory Itkin, and Caj Boatright recently
won a $2.8 million award for an injured rigger. The worker was involved
in a routine crane operation when a load landed on his foot and broke
his ankle. The company denied all responsibility and blamed Arnold &
Itkin's client for causing the accident. Jason and Kurt were able
to convince the court that their client was not at fault and win him a
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,221,694.28.
$2.79 Million Jury Verdict On Behalf Of Offshore Contractor
Attorneys Cory Itkin and Jason Itkin from the legal team at Arnold &
Itkin, LLP recently took on a case involving an offshore well tester for
the Axxis Justice inland drilling barge. The plaintiff is a resident of
Lafayette, Louisiana and was injured while working on a drilling barge
in Barataria Bay. Due to the nature of his work, he was often required
to work with specialized tools. A separate barge was sent to ship these
tools; after it had been docked next to the drilling rig, Axxis Drilling
set up a ladder between the two vessels to transfer the supplies.
The injured worker was crossing the ladder to get these supplies when he
fell and suffered from substantial back injuries. These injuries were
so extreme that he eventually underwent a one level back surgery. It was
the argument of the drilling company that they had no fault in the injury
– they claimed that all of the blame rested with the plaintiff and
that the claims of injury were illegitimate. Despite the fact that there
was no offer to settle the case before trial, the firm obtained a $2.79
million verdict. The case was filed in Galveston County, TX. The Honorable
Barbara Roberts was the presiding judge.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,251,625.55.
$2.3 Million Settlement for Worker Injured in Accident
A worker who was injured offshore while performing his job duties was represented
by Arnold & Itkin LLP. They were able to retrieve a $2.3 million settlement
on his behalf. The settlement serves as compensation for his injuries,
which included a concussion and a bulging and herniated disc.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $993,982.55.
$2 Million Settlement for Carencro, Louisiana Resident
Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $2 million settlement on behalf of a
client who suffered an injury to his neck when the captain of his vessel
crashed the vessel into an unlit caisson off the coast of Galveston, Texas.
The injury required surgical intervention leaving the plaintiff unable
to return to his line of work. The defendant claimed that the injured
worker was actually driving the boat at the time of the collision and
argued that his injuries were not that serious. The case was pending in
Nueces County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $943,091.26.
$1.975 Million Recovered for Victims of Truck Accident
Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Kelly Woods are pleased
to announce a settlement of $1.975M for two of our clients who were injured
in Houston by an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler struck our clients' vehicle
while trying to make a lane change. The company tried to blame our clients
for being in the 18-wheeler’s blind spot. One client hurt her neck
and the other client needed a back surgery. The settlement makes sure
the clients’ needs will be taken care of in the future.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $841,954.44.
$1.95 Million Recovered for Louisiana Man Injured Offshore
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin recently recovered $1.95
million on behalf of a Louisiana man who was involved in a serious accident
while working offshore. The worker did not sustain any physical injuries,
but suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD").
He attempted to go back to work after the incident, but could not continue
working offshore as a result of his condition. Arnold & Itkin, LLP's
maritime lawyers helped get him the medical treatment he needed and helped
him recover enough money to ease his transition into a new career. The
case was pending in Harris County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $814,575.12.
$1.9 Million Won on Behalf of Injured Plant Worker
Our client suffered a head and neck injury when a dilapidated piece of
equipment fell on him during a turn-around operation at a chemical plant.
Though the plant initially tried to blame our client for the incident,
Attorneys Caj Boatright, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler aggressively pushed
the case toward trial and proved that the old equipment should have been
removed years before. Rather than face trial, the plant agreed to settle
the case for $1,900,000. We are proud to have helped ensure the financial
security of our client and his family for years to come.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $818,670.83.
$1.75 Million Verdict Won in Risperdal Case
Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin recently won a $1,750,000 jury verdict in a
pharmaceutical case dealing with Risperdal. J&J and its subsidiary,
Janssen, sold the drug for autism, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia.
The case involved approximately 21 million pages of documents and Jason
and Cory were brought in as trial counsel approximately one week before
the trial. Arnold & Itkin alleged that a side-effect of the drug was
gynecomastia. The drug company denied that the Arnold & Itkin’s
client even had gynecomastia and denied that their drug caused the side
effect. Even if it did cause the side effect, the company claimed that
the treating physicians responsible for Arnold & Itkin’s client’s
care would have prescribed the medication anyway since its benefits outweighed
the risk of any potential side effect. Jason and Cory were able to prove
these allegations were wrong and win a verdict that will help hold the
drug company responsible for their conduct in marketing this drug. The
case was tried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
$1.7 Million Settlement for Injured Worker
The team of maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a
$1.7 million settlement for an offshore worker. The worker suffered from
post-traumatic stress as a result of an on-the-job accident and was seeking
justice after the injury which Arnold & Itkin helped to provide.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $750,840.75.
$1.72 Million Jury Verdict for Victim of Crane Accident
Attorney Cory Itkin is pleased to announce a $1.72 million jury verdict
on behalf of Ernesto Tamez and his wife. Mr. Tamez was seriously injured
in a crane accident at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas on January
18, 2005 when a Maxim Crane Works crane operator negligently swung a heavy
oil burner into him. Mr. Tamez was pinned between the burner and a nearby
handrail and injured his back, neck, and shoulder. Prior to the trial,
Maxim Crane Works made no settlement offer. The company argued that the
accident was entirely Mr. Tamez's fault and that his injuries were
not as serious as he claimed. They also claimed that some of his injuries
could have been caused by simple wear and tear on the 60 year old Tamez's
body. The case was made more complicated by the fact that Mr. Tamez and
his wife do not speak English and had to testify with the aid of a translator.
After a weeklong trial in Galveston, Texas, the jury found that Maxim
Crane Works was 100% responsible for the accident and awarded Mr. Tamez
and his wife $1.72 million. Arnold & Itkin LLP stood by their clients
for 4 years and helped Mr. Tamez get the medical attention he needed and
the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in Galveston County,
Texas with the Honorable David E. Garner presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $736,778.00.
$1.7 Million Jury Verdict for Victim of Helicopter Accident
Attorneys Cory Itkin and Caj Boatright obtained a $1.7 million judgment
against PHI, Inc. after a jury trial on behalf of an offshore fire and
safety inspector. The offshore worker was being transported to an offshore
platform by a PHI helicopter when the helicopter experienced a tail rotor
failure. The pilot was able to land the helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico,
but the helicopter flipped over in the water after it landed because the
helicopter's flotation devices were installed incorrectly. Arnold
& Itkin, LLP's client injured his back and suffered from PTSD
as a result of the incident. He eventually needed back surgery to treat
his injuries. PHI claimed they did nothing wrong and tried to blame the
entire accident on component part manufacturers. Moreover, PHI tried to
argue that the worker was not even injured in the incident. They pointed
out that neither of the other two people in the helicopter were injured
and that the plaintiff had a long history of back problems and depression.
To bolster this argument, PHI told the jury the plaintiff had been on
pain medication for his back for years before the crash (and even refilled
his pain medication shortly before the accident) and that MRIs taken approximately
a year before the accident were identical to MRI's taken shortly after
the accident. PHI went so far as to claim that the worker was faking his
injuries and even showed the jury surveillance video that PHI claimed
proved that the worker was a malingerer. Cory and Caj stood by their client
and were able to beat back these charges. They showed the jury that their
client was entitled to fair compensation for what he had been through.
In addition to the $1.7 million judgment, Cory and Caj were able to obtain
a settlement with another party before trial. Since the jury found PHI
was 100% to blame for the incident, PHI was not entitled to any settlement
credit. The case was tried in Calhoun County, Texas.
$1.6 Million Recovered for Offshore Injury Worker
Attorney Cory Itkin recovered $1.6 million on behalf of a wireline worker
from Lafayette who was injured on an offshore platform. The worker was
attempting to close a valve when the valve failed causing a pressure release.
The pressure knocked the worker backward into some scaffolding where he
injured his neck. He eventually needed surgery to treat his injuries.
The defendants in the case denied they were to blame and tried to blame
the worker for continuing to work on the valve despite the fact that he
knew it was leaking. They also claimed that the client was not hurt that
bad and did not need surgery. Cory was able to show that the valve failure
was the fault of the other parties and obtain a settlement that will help
his client move on with his life. The case was pending in the Southern
District of Texas with the Honorable Nancy Atlas presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $728,111.75.
$1.65M Settlement in Maritime Piracy Case
Attorneys Cory Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Jason Itkin recovered $1.65M on
behalf of foreign seamen who were kidnapped and held hostage by pirates
off the coast of Africa. Arnold & Itkin's maritime lawyers sued
their employer contending they should have been provided with better security.
The company they worked for tried to get the case transferred out of the
United States to the seamen's home country or to the country where
they were abducted. They also argued they were not responsible, but laid
all the blame at the feet of the pirates who abducted them. We were able
to beat back these allegations and obtain a favorable settlement on behalf
of our clients.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $758,621.98.
$1.5 Million Jury Verdict in Knee Injury Case Involving a Big Rig Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP trucking accident lawyer Cory Itkin is pleased to
announce a $1.5 million jury verdict on behalf of his client Michael LaFleur.
The defendant, Conglobal Industries, Inc., only offered $5000 to settle
the case. Mr. LaFleur suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a
tractor trailer leaving the facility where Mr. LaFleur worked. He needed
arthroscopic knee surgery to fix the problem. The truck driver worked
for Conglobal Industries, Inc. who argued that the knee injury was not
very serious and that Mr. LaFleur should have recovered from his injury
in a matter of weeks. Conglobal also argued that the accident was Mr.
LaFleur's fault for jumping in front of the truck right before the
accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP showed the jury that the accident was
the fault of the Conglobal driver. Arnold & Itkin LLP in proud to
see another one of its clients get the compensation he deserves. The case
was pending in Harris County, Texas with the Honorable Larry Weiman presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $464,709.80.
$1.55 Million Jury Verdict for Longshoreman
Arnold & Itkin LLP personal injury attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin
won a $1.55 million jury verdict on behalf of Gilberto Villegas. APM Terminals'
highest settlement offer before trial was only $35,000. On May 29, 2008,
Mr. Villegas was seriously injured while he was working as a ship repairman
at APM Terminals' marine terminal at the Port of Houston. He was standing
in the bed of a pickup truck when a yard mule driver working for APM Terminals
collided with the pickup truck. APM Terminals argued that its driver was
not at fault because the pickup truck was parked in the middle of an intersection.
They also argued that there was only a minor impact because the yard mule
driver was only driving one or two miles per hour at the time of the accident.
Mr. Villegas' doctor eventually needed to perform neck surgery as
a result of the collision. However, APM Terminals argued that the surgery
was unnecessary and pointed out that Mr. Villegas had neck complaints
which pre-existed the accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP is proud to have
stood by its client and proud to have gotten him the compensation he deserved.
The case was pending in Harris County, Texas with the Honorable Jaclanal
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $582,749.75.
$1.5 Million Settlement Obtained in Wrongful Death Case
Cory Itkin, Jason Itkin, and Kurt Arnold obtained a $1.5 million settlement
on behalf of the family of a 21 year old Jones Act seaman who was killed
working on a bridge construction project. An overloaded crane collapsed,
which caused the worker to fall 30 feet off his work platform. The worker
died in the fall. The defendants argued that that the family could not
recover nonpecuniary damages such as pain and suffering under the law
that governed the case. They also argued that the decedent's Mexican
nationality would make recovery more difficult. Arnold & Itkin's
maritime lawyers were able to overcome these problems and obtain a favorable
settlement that helped the family obtain a measure of accountability for
the unsafe work conditions that killed their loved one.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $609,074.13.
$1.5 Million Settlement Obtained for Offshore Worker
Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin secured a $1.5 million dollar settlement on
behalf of an offshore worker who broke his non-dominant hand while working
on a drill ship off the coast of Brazil. The injury required 4 surgeries
to fix. The company argued that the injured worker was to blame for putting
his hand in a pinch point. The company also argued that the worker should
not recover because the company paid the worker's full wages and paid
all his medical bills until his doctor released him back to work. Arnold
& Itkin, LLP beat back these charges and obtained a settlement that
will ensure their client will be financially secure as he moves on the
next phase of his life. The case was pending in Fort Bend County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $741,838.78.
$1.5 Million Recovered for Injured Longshoreman
Attorneys Cory Itkin, Jason Itkin, and Kelly Woods obtained a $1,500,000
settlement on behalf of an injured longshoreman who injured his lower
back in a line handling incident. Their client eventually needed multiple
back surgeries to treat his injuries. The injured worker was carrying
a mooring line along a dock to tie up a barge. The slack on the mooring
line suddenly became tight and jerked the worker backward. The defendant
argued that the line became tight because a worker for another company
let the line fall into the water. They also argued that the plaintiff
would not have been injured except for the fact that he improperly tied
the line around his shoulder. Moreover, they pointed to a long history
of back injuries to argue that all of his injuries were pre-existing.
The vessel owner’s doctor even argued that the plaintiff was faking
his injuries. Cory and Jason were able to beat back these charges and
win a favorable settlement on behalf of their client. The case was pending
in the Eastern District of Texas with the Honorable Marcia Crone presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $646,494.87.
$1.45 Million Recovered on Behalf of Injured Jones Act Seaman
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Cory Itkin
recovered $1.45 million on behalf on an injured Jones Act seaman. The
case settled just days before going to trial. Our client was severely
injured when he fell out of the ship's trash dumpster which had been
suspended in the air. He broke his hip and wrist in the fall and developed
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He has not been able to return to work.
The shipping company argued that the injured worker had already recovered
from his injuries, but had not returned to work because he had been battling
alcoholism for several years. Arnold & Itkin LLP showed they were
wrong. We also helped our client get the medical treatment he needed and
the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in federal court in
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $640,864.23.
$1.3 Million Settlement for Injured Worker
A worker sought the legal help of Arnold & Itkin after he was injured
while working offshore. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin were able
to secure a $1.3 million settlement to help him in his recovery.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $764,124.36.
$1.25 Million Recovered for Freeway Accident Injuries
Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, Noah Wexler, and Kelly Woods resolved
a case with a $1.25 million settlement for a young man who was severely
injured on his way to work. Our client was driving onto the feeder into
the Sam Houston Tollway when he was struck by a piece of freeway construction
equipment. The collision resulted in severe injuries to his head, back,
arms, and legs, requiring both emergency care and ongoing medical treatment.
The Defendant disputed their own responsibility for the accident as well
as the severity of our client’s injuries. Our lawyers fought relentlessly
for our client by countering the Defendant’s assertions, eventually
compelling them to provide a sizable settlement to take care of our client’s
medical costs, lost wages, and financial security. We are proud to have
helped this young man hold negligent individuals accountable for their
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $594,508.54.
$1.2 Million Settlement Won for Injured Offshore Rigger
Cory Itkin won a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of an offshore rigger
who fell off a platform that was located four feet off the deck of the
boat he worked on. The worker injured his back and his doctor recommended
he undergo surgery to treat his injuries. The defendant claimed they did
nothing wrong and that their boat was safe. The defendant also pointed
out the client had sustained previous injuries and had a long history
of prescription pain pill usage. Last, they tried to downplay the seriousness
of his injuries and argued that the worker was not a candidate for back
surgery and that he could return to work. Cory was able to show these
allegations were wrong and win a settlement for the client that will help
him move on with a secure financial future. The case was pending in Harris
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $546,645.65.
$1 Million Settlement Won for Injured Inland Barge Worker
Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler recently obtained a $1,000,000
settlement on behalf of an inland barge worker who injured his back and
knee when he fell. He eventually needed surgery to treat both injuries.
The defendants in the case claimed the injured worker was to blame for
not paying attention to his surroundings. They also argued that all the
injuries were pre-existing. The defendants were even able to obtain a
summary judgment in the case. Arnold & Itkin LLP’s lawyers were
able to overcome these obstacles and win a fair settlement for their client
that will help him move on with his life. The case was pending in Harris
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $571,450.17.
$1 Million Settlement for Estate of Deceased Industrial Worker
A 26 year old worker was killed in an industrial accident in Port Arthur
when he was hit by a pipe at a shipyard. The company argued that it was
not to blame since the case involved a freak accident and the young man
was solely at fault since he was standing in an unsafe position. Attorneys
Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin received a settlement of $999,999
on behalf of the young man's estate.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $602,730.35.
* Client's portion of total recovery may be subject to Medicare / Medicaid
reimbursement claims, Medicare / Medicaid liens or other third-party claims
or liens. These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative
of cases handled by Arnold & Itkin LLP. These listings are not a guarantee
or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.