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Maritime Accident Lawyers

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East Texas Maritime Attorneys

Offshore Lawyers in Beaumont, Tyler, Longview, Port Arthur & Beyond

Today, offshore work remains one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

This fact does not deter brave Texans from leaving the land on a daily basis to take part in offshore industries, such as oil drilling, that make onshore life possible for everyone else. In fact, jobs like fishing and oil extracting consistently rank as some of the deadliest jobs Americans work. These facts have encouraged the East Texas maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin to fight for workers when employers neglect their safety.

Arnold & Itkin has won billions of dollars to help our clients pay for medical care, replace lost wages, and rebuild their lives. Call (888) 493-1629 today. Our firm is proud to help clients throughout all of East Texas, including New Ulm, Garwood, Fulshear, Richmond, Oakwood, Bon Wier, Shelbyville, as well as Tyler, Lufkin, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Athens, and more.

Maritime Law

Those who earn their wages offshore experience dangerous conditions that laws were made hundreds of years ago to protect workers. These laws serve as some of the nation’s earliest form of employee protection and are still followed today.

Specifically, maintenance and cure is a principle that, in the simplest terms, requires a shipowner to pay for living and medical expenses for injured workers. This law assumes that offshore work has so much inherent danger that ship owners and captains should assume responsibility for any injuries. Interestingly, maintenance and cure do not require proof of fault; the injury just must happen aboard a vessel.

Our East Texas maritime lawyers help those who experience accidents and injuries like:

Companies that operate offshore are familiar with the dangerous conditions experienced by their workers every day. In many cases, companies neglect to invest in new safety equipment and ignore regulations to save money. The maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin strive to make employers realize that if they cut corners, they will have to pay eventually. It is never acceptable to neglect the safety of others to increase profits. Unless we hold these employers accountable, the culture of safety will degrade and future workers will be injured or killed.

East Texas Oil Rig Accident Attorneys

The oil industry is a driving force behind the Texas economy and a massive source of employment in the state. Arnold & Itkin understands the importance of this work and has made sure to protect oil rig workers when they need it the most. We have earned settlements for workers who need compensation so they may move on with their life after an offshore injury. When the crew of the Deepwater Horizon experienced one of the worst disasters in the history of the oil industry, one-third of the crew depended on us for solutions. We fought for their compensation and did not let the oil company blame them for the horrible event that took 11 lives. We proved that BP failed to perform the necessary maintenance that would have prevented the accident. It was our honor to help these crew members get back on the right financial path.

United States Maritime Laws

Though old-world maritime laws protected offshore workers for centuries, the US created statutes to specifically address accidents on vessels.

The following laws govern most offshore injury lawsuits:

The Jones Act & Offshore Injury Claims in East Texas

The Jones Act is likely the most important law for someone who has experienced an offshore injury. This law sets up specific avenues to cover losses when a seaman is injured due to employer negligence. Specifically, this law requires negligent employers to compensate any employees injured while working on a vessel. Before this act, loopholes in maritime law failed to protect all offshore workers.

Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act created a safety net for offshore workers who boosted American industry. It provides an encompassing set of rules which hold employers at a higher level of responsibility. Under the Jones Act, seamen that travel between American ports were finally given legal protection and some measure of health security.

Workers injured on a vessel between United States ports may be entitled to recover:

  • Lost Wages
  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Physical and Mental Anguish
  • Medical Care
  • Living Expenses During Recovery

Officially called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act sought to protect the American merchant marine. It covers trade conducted between United States ports and created important protections for workers who are hurt while working on the water. Specifically, the Jones Act protects those who are injured due to the negligence of vessel owners or the seaworthiness of the ship.

East Texas Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers

Sometimes, offshore injuries occur on vessels that are meant for rest and relaxation. When operators fail to make sure cruise ships are safe for passengers, preventable accidents unfairly change lives. Cruise ship accidents occur when crews aren't properly trained, operators sail ships into unsafe waters, or when ships are properly maintained. In some instances, gangway and boarding accidents can injure passengers and crew members before a voyage begins.

Operators have a duty to make sure their passengers and employees are safe during every step of the voyage. No job should cause serious injuries or death. Likewise, no vacation should turn into something that causes preventable suffering. if you've been in a cruise ship accident, Arnold & Itkin LLP is ready to help. Call our East Texas cruise ship law firm today to find out what your options for recovery are.

Houston Maritime Lawyers Serving East Texas

Arnold & Itkin’s East Texas maritime lawyers have the experience and resources to win cases for our clients. Whether the accident occurred on a barge, fishing boat, oil rig, tug boat, or any other kind of vessel, our attorneys are ready to help you get back on your feet. We take pride in winning for our clients and holding their employers accountable.

Offshore work is important, and maintaining safety standards only serves to assist the entire industry and helps to preserve its standards. We have built a long history of victories and are happy to say that we have won billions for clients. Even if conditions are dangerous, employers must protect their employees. No one deserves to be injured while working offshore to make a living. Employers must be held accountable for aging equipment, lazy safety practices, and poor training. Arnold & Itkin is ready to make sure irresponsible companies are held accountable for the sake of our clients.

If you or someone you know has been injured while working offshore, call us today at (888) 493-1629. We will talk to you at no cost and provide advice for next steps. You don’t pay anything unless we win.

Case Results

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. 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 ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
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