Our experienced team has helped many injured workers and their families recover physically, emotionally, and financially. We can help you get medical and rehabilitative care, counseling, and the financial resources to afford them. To learn how we can help you recover from a life-changing industrial injury or loss of a loved one, contact an injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin. We can help you understand your options for claiming compensation from those responsible for your loss.
Together, by holding the responsible companies and employers accountable for their actions, we may also help prevent the same or similar industrial accidents from harming others in the future.
Plant & Refinery Safety Issues
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established strict standards and occupational health and safety training programs to ensure a safe workplace for American workers.
While our workplaces are less dangerous as a result of its success, unfortunately, industrial injuries caused by falls, plant explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals, electrocution, and other causes of workplace injuries are still common. Industrial workers are surrounded by workplace hazards that have potential to cause a serious industrial injury or death. Fortunately, most industrial injuries are preventable, and by increasing awareness of industrial injuries and the hazards that cause them, proper safety training can reduce the risk of serious industrial injury and death.
If you are aware of a hazardous or dangerous condition that threatens the health and safety of workers in a workplace, you should notify your employer immediately. If an injury occurs after an employer has already been advised of an unsafe condition but has not taken action to correct it, the employer may be liable for the injury and, if found liable, should be punished.
By seeking punitive damages on behalf of injured workers, industrial injury lawyers can hold them accountable and help to make the workplace safer for others.
If the industrial employer participates in the state's workers' compensation insurance system, an injured worker or family of a killed employee may seek medical, disability or death benefits through a workers' comp claim. The employee or family does not need to show the employer was at fault to recover. However, these benefits are limited to certain time periods, and not all employers carry workers' compensation insurance.
In some cases, a worker may be injured while working on an offshore oil drilling rig or platform, which may entitle them to remedies under general maritime law, such as maintenance and cure or through federal statutes such as the Jones Act, LHWCA, or Death on High Seas Act.
Social Security Disability Benefits
If an industrial worker suffers a mental or physical disability as a result of an industrial accident or injury, and the disability has lasted or is expected to last for more than a year, the worker may be eligible for Social Security benefits in addition to other relief.
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Claims
If your industrial employer carries workers' compensation insurance, then your sole remedy would be through a workers' comp claim. However, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against employers who do not participate in the state's workers' compensation system or when the accident is the result of especially reckless conduct or the negligence of a co-worker or third party. In many cases, a personal injury or wrongful death claim may provide greater compensation than would otherwise be available.
At Arnold & Itkin, we take an aggressive approach to prosecuting injury cases. We exhaustively research and investigate our clients' claims, take depositions, request documents, and consult with mechanical, engineering, and medical experts to develop our cases. By the time we arrive at the negotiating table, we are thoroughly prepared to secure a fair and full settlement, or take their case to a judge, jury, or arbitration panel. In many cases, we have been able to persuade the other side to make the settlement offer, which provides a much timelier resolution for our clients than trial and allows them to start the next chapter. Knowing that settlement is not always an option, our attorneys also thrive in court. Our track record features a collection of substantial verdicts and settlements obtained for our clients, including multiple multi-million dollar awards.
If you have questions about your rights in the aftermath of a serious industrial injury or industrial accident, contact our lawyers today. We can answer your questions, evaluate your case, and help you understand your options for claiming just financial compensation.
Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulances. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.
Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of our client who had suffered from the usage of Risperdal.
Arnold & Itkin has achieved a record settlement for a worker who was injured in a severe oilfield accident less than 2 years after the incident. His accident was a result of negligence from multiple parties--all of whom settled with our client only a week before trial. We are thrilled that our client will receive the medical care and future security he deserves.
Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet away when a fallen piece of crane equipment pinned him down. Our firm got him the largest award ever given in a case involving loss of limb, including $8.5 million in punitive damages.
Our client was a Houston-based investor who was cut out of a deal to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of Hawaii’s largest lumber suppliers. The jury found Key Principal Partners LLC and its parent Key Corporation guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties, interfering with Foreman's efforts to acquire the Honsador Lumber Corporation, and violating Hawaii's unfair competition statute. We won a massive $41 million verdict for the wrongdoing committed against our client.