Oil Rig Explosions

Our Maritime Law Firm Helped Nearly One Third of Those Who Were Hurt in the Tragic Deepwater Horizon Explosion

Working with volatile chemicals, often hours from emergency services, means oil rig workers are more susceptible to accidental death on the job than any industry. At the same time, few industries are as crucial to daily life as the oil industry. Making sure workers and their families are taken care of after an oil rig explosion is not only the right thing to do for them—it’s the right thing to do for everyone.

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Have You Been Injured in an Oil Rig Explosion?

One of the most common sources of injury and death in the oil and gas industry is oil rig explosions. Because oil is highly flammable and offshore workers are continually in contact with large machinery and other chemicals, there are many factors that can play a role.

There is a potential for a fire or explosion every single day from:

  • Poor maintenance of pipelines
  • Malfunctioning ventilations systems
  • Seawater corrosion of equipment
  • Unsafe use of blowing torches
  • Defective drilling equipment

For example, the explosion of a shallow-water rig approximately 36 miles east of Port Fourchon led to 11 injuries, 2 deaths, and 2 missing workers. The workers onboard were cutting a line, which ignited wet oil vapors and caused an explosion, setting fire to the platform. Even though the Coast Guard was immediately notified and flew by helicopter to the scene of the accident, they were too late to save some of the workers from suffering second- and third-degree burns to large portions of their bodies.

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If you have been severely injured or if you have lost someone that you love, you need the help of an experienced advocate. Contact Arnold & Itkin today to work with an offshore injury lawyer who knows how these cases go and who can look out for your best interests.

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What It Was Like Working with Us

at Arnold & Itkin, we are uniquely qualified to help you seek justice and compensation. Our legal team represented 27 crewmembers of the Deepwater Horizon, the catastrophic 2010 explosion that signified one of the largest oil spills in recordable history.

We are proud to stand up for the rights of those victimized in this tragic accident and we continue to protect the victims of all who suffer injury or death because of an oil rig explosion.

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    Deepwater Horizon Clients Discuss What It Was Like Working with Us

The Nuts & Bolts of an

Injury Claim or Lawsuit

Injury lawsuits have been given a poor reputation in past years, but the fact is that workers have no other way of getting the support they need when they've suffered a life-altering injury. Injury claims are not frivolous, "cash-grabbing," or greedy. They're filed by real people with dire problems—and our job is to make sure those people have what they need to survive and move forward.

Oil rig explosion claims are complex in execution, but simple in concept. You need three things to prove a need for compensation. The first two are easy: you need to prove that you were injured, and you need to prove that your injuries caused you significant losses. Medical documentation and bills provide proof here, but photos and testimony help paint a picture of injuries as well.

The last proof is the most crucial and difficult to build: you need to prove your injury was caused by the negligence of a co-worker on the rig, a supervisor, or the rig manager. Proof of negligence could include inadequate training, lack of maintenance, or lack of safety equipment, to name a few.

Commonly Asked Questions

About Oil Rig Explosions
  • What causes an oil rig explosion?

    The most common causes of oil rig explosions are fires, blowouts, equipment failures, and employer/employee negligence. Sometimes platform explosions are caused by multiple factors—for example, the Deepwater Horizon disaster was caused by a blowout preventer failure, which was a combination of mechanical failure and employer negligence.

  • How many people get injured by oil rig explosions?

    According to the most comprehensive data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15% of fatal work injuries are the result of oil rig explosions or platform fires. Roughly 10 to 18 workers die a year on average from these causes. However, in many of these cases explosions will cause multiple fatalities—so the incidence rate is not as high as the fatality rate.

  • When should I call an oil rig explosion attorney?

    Ideally as soon as you get medical attention. Your employers may try to send you to one of their doctors to downplay the extent of your injuries or may limit your medical care in order to get you to waive your right to a lawsuit. In either case, having a lawyer could prevent companies from taking advantage of you with unethical practices.

  • Do you have experience handling these cases?

    Arnold & Itkin is known nationwide for being the law firm that represented more Deepwater Horizon crew members than any other law firm in the nation. We have fought for offshore workers and oilfield employees for the entirety of our firm’s existence, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for the injured. In short, we know how to successfully investigate and litigate oil explosion cases.

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When you call Arnold & Itkin LLP about an accident on an offshore oil rig or platform, you will benefit from our insight and caring legal representation. We have a proven record of success in handling these cases. In fact, we have won billions in settlements and verdicts, and we have earned a reputation for our commitment to client service and maximum compensation for every case. Our team has been involved in some of the most complex offshore injury cases over the years, and we have gained an intimate understanding of this area of the law.

Call today to schedule a free consultation with an oil rig explosion lawyer!

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    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.

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    Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of our client who had suffered from the usage of Risperdal.

  • $72 Million

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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-Deepwater Horizon Crew Member

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