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Enterprise Offshore Drilling Lawyers

Our Enterprise Offshore Attorneys Have Won Billions in Verdicts & Settlements

Offshore drilling platforms are enormous entities. Many people call them “floating miniature cities,” often housing hundreds of workers at a time. Crews include drilling workers, medical staff, kitchen staff, and dozens of other positions needed to keep the oil flowing and the rig buzzing. The companies that own these rigs—Enterprise Offshore among them—have an enormous responsibility on their shoulders, taking care of hundreds of workers for two-week stretches.

When they fail their responsibility, we step in.

The Enterprise Offshore rig attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have dedicated our lives to holding offshore companies accountable for the harm they cause, both to their workers and workers’ families. Drilling executives often treat their workers as expendable assets, running rigs with unsafe staffing or poor safety policies. Changing their behavior requires holding them accountable in court.

If you were injured or fell ill while on an Enterprise Offshore Drilling platform, speak with our attorneys in a free consultation.

COVID-19 Cases Aboard Enterprise Offshore Platforms & Others

Offshore workers have been in dire straits since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic that has racked the globe. The first COVID-19 case aboard a drilling rig was discovered in March aboard a rig in the North Sea. Within weeks, there were over two dozen cases in the Gulf of Mexico alone, although some companies have declined to share how many crew members have tested positive for COVID-19, so we may never know the full figures.

The problem is two-fold.

One, offshore rigs are almost perfect conditions for a virus to spread. There are limited medical supplies and facilities, no one is able to get to shore efficiently, and everyone lives in cramped quarters. Handrails alone might be responsible for crews spreading coronavirus to each other, according to one expert.

Two, drilling companies have been given the authority by the federal government to set their own safety regulations. As a result, the response to coronavirus has varied wildly from company to company. One company decided to keep all sick workers at home and have all healthy workers stay on rigs for an extra week—a 21-day shift instead of a 14-day shift. Some companies are advocating the suspension of the Jones Act, one of the few laws protecting offshore workers from negligence.

Why Could a Jones Act Suspension Harm Workers?

The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, has been keeping offshore workers safe for decades. Besides protecting the American maritime industry, it keeps workers safe by giving them the ability to hold their employers accountable for negligence. Without the Jones Act, workers are subject to dealing with the consequences of preventable injuries alone.

As mentioned above, the federal government has given offshore companies the freedom to manage their COVID-19 response. For some offshore workers, this has resulted in longer hours and the increased likelihood of accidents. If the wrong parts of the Jones Act are suspended, employees will be at the mercy of the safety conditions their employers create during times of uncertainty and extreme cost cutting. In other words: workers will pay the steepest price for their employers' unsafe practices.

Enterprise Drilling Offshore & Other Companies Are Responsible for Workers

“It all depends where you’re working. If you work for a good company, they look after you. If you don’t, you’re on your own.” — Billy Fults, assistant driller in the Gulf of Mexico

Here’s the truth: when you’re at sea, your company is responsible for your safety and well-being. If your company’s safety regulations failed to keep you safe from COVID-19—or worse, actively gave you coronavirus—then you deserve compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. Our team has been investigating these cases, fighting to get our clients the resources they need to fully recover while ensuring this doesn’t happen to any other worker.

The Enterprise platform rig lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including hundreds of results worth $1 million or more and dozens worth $10 million or more. We’ve won record-setting results in cases nationwide and in every major offshore oilfield in U.S. waters (and beyond). In 2010, we represented more members of the Deepwater Horizon than any firm in the country, and our case history includes the largest settlement ever won for a man killed offshore.

We take no fee unless we win your case. There’s no risk to calling us, so call (888) 493-1629 today!

Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
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“They treated me like family, and that meant a lot to me because, not only did they meet every need that I had, but they guided me all the way through it. If I didn’t have them on my team, I don’t know exactly where I would have been right now today.”
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