At Arnold & Itkin, we have won verdicts and settlements for injured maritime workers all over the world, including the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the North Sea, the Middle East, Asia, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Alaska, Washington, Virginia, Alabama, and California.
Our maritime lawyers have years of experience dealing with oil and gas companies, shipping companies, and their insurance providers. We have experience you can trust.
If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an offshore accident, it is extremely important that you get sound legal advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer at our firm before you discuss the matter with your employer or insurance company. Get started by requesting your free case evaluation!
Deepwater Horizon Clients' Testimonials
Our goal at Arnold & Itkin LLP is to help injured offshore workers and other maritime employees get their lives back on track. We work tirelessly to prepare their case for trial, including conducting extensive investigations and consulting with quality maritime industry and medical experts.
With our firm, you can be confident knowing you will have someone on your side who is capable of navigating through the unique aspects of maritime law, all while protecting your rights, handling communications with your employer, dealing with the adjustors, and fighting for maximum value in your case. We believe we're the clear choice for injured maritime workers.
Since the beginning, we've been there to help injured workers and their families get the money they deserve after a serious accident. In every case we try, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to make sure they receive the best possible medical care and rehabilitation while they recover.
If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an offshore accident or offshore injury, it is extremely important that you get sound legal advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer at our firm before you discuss the matter with your employer or insurance company. Get started with your case today by requesting your free case evaluation or calling our firm at (888) 493-1629.
The Jones Act
This specialized branch of admiralty law compensates any seaman who suffers personal injury or illness due to unseaworthiness or negligence during the course of employment aboard a vessel operating in navigable waters. A victim may recover lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, physical pain, emotional anguish and cost of living expenses while in recovery. A worker injured on a pier, wharf, dry dock or terminal may recover under the Jones Act.
Death on the High Seas Act
This federal law compensates families who lose a loved one to an accident that occurs in an offshore job. The act covers deaths that have occurred beyond three nautical miles from the shore of any state and includes commercial aviation accidents beyond 12 nautical miles from the shores of the U.S. Recovery, however, is limited to the family's monetary losses and does not include pain and suffering, loss of companionship or future medical expenses.
Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
This is a comprehensive workers' compensation scheme that provides medical and disability benefits to maritime workers who are injured or become ill on navigable waters. To recover under the act, a worker does not need to prove that the employer was at fault. The act also provides wrongful death benefits to survivors of maritime workers who are killed on the job.
General Maritime Law
One of the main tenets of general maritime law is the principle of maintenance and cure. Under this law, a vessel owner must cover an injured seaman's medical treatment until maximum medical recovery is reached. The owner must also cover the seaman's basic living expenses until completion of the ship's voyage, even though the seaman is no longer aboard the ship when it reaches port.
Unlike with state workers' compensation claims, there is no administrative body that oversees your maritime injury claim. Instead, claims covered by maritime law must be filed in state or federal court. Although some claims may be settled in pre-litigation negotiations, the only way to preserve your right to pursue a claim is to file a lawsuit. A qualified maritime lawyer can help you do that.
In many instances, your employer may ask you to sign an agreement or release in exchange for payment of unearned wages, maintenance and cure, or medical benefits. It is imperative that you have any documents you are given reviewed by a competent lawyer before signing them so that you do not waive any of your rights of recovery.
Maritime employers and insurance companies have their own experienced lawyers. They will work hard to minimize their client's losses by making sure you are paid as little as possible. When facing them, you deserve to have competent legal representation on your side, protecting your rights.
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.