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Maritime Law

Laredo Maritime Lawyers

We Fight for Maritime Workers Injured in Territorial & International Waters

Maritime work is rewarding, but it can be dangerous when employers put more importance on profits than safety. By failing to replace aging equipment, overlooking safety regulations, and pushing for higher production with less downtime, they put their workers and the environment at risk. At Arnold & Itkin, we stand up for injured maritime workers and their families. We fight against the immoral and illegal conduct by oil and gas companies and other corporations that endanger workers’ lives. Our Laredo maritime attorneys understand the nuances of maritime law and how it applies to every seaman, and we're relentless in our pursuit of justice on their behalf.

We fight for men and women injured in at sea, using our in-depth understanding of the following acts:

Call (888) 493-1629 today for a free, confidential review of your case. We help injured maritime workers and their families in Laredo, Texas, and across the country.

An Unparalleled Record of Success in Maritime Law

Our maritime lawyers have handled some of the most notorious and challenging cases in history—and won. When the entire crew of the El Faro cargo ship sank after running headlong into Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, we successfully represented the widows of 3 of the lost crew members, helping to ensure their families would be taken care of for life. After the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010, we represented over one-third of the crew members, helping them seek justice after this preventable tragedy.

Some of our other notable maritime victories include:

  • A record-setting $29 million settlement for a family who lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident.
  • A $14 million Jones Act settlement for a seaman who suffered a head injury while working on the Hercules 15 inland barge.
  • An $11.5 million settlement for a client who suffered physical and psychological injuries after a serious offshore accident.
  • An $8.9 million settlement for a seaman who suffered serious head trauma while working on an offshore drilling vessel.

We have won hundreds of settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million on behalf of the injured and families who have lost loved ones as a result of safety violations, negligence, and defective products.

Jones Act Lawyers in Laredo

One of the most important maritime laws for offshore workers in the Jones Act. Passed in 1920, this law provides important options for recovery for people who work on a vessel. Our Laredo Jones Act lawyers have stood up to some of the largest corporations in the world and have won billions of dollars for clients in the process.

Our Laredo Jones Act law firm can help you recover losses such as:

  • Medical debt
  • Lost wages
  • The cost of future care
  • Pain and suffering
  • The lost ability to work

From oil rig explosions to deck accidents, the Jones Act is a law that requires offshore companies and vessel owners to make sure workers are safe. If you've suffered from an accident, Arnold & Itkin LLP is ready to help you move forward and discover what options for recovery are available to you.

Importantly, some injuries are so serious that they're referred to as being catastrophic. In the medical and legal communities, catastrophic injuries are described as any that cause a permanent change to the quality of a person's life. They're often painful, have life-long repercussions, and require extensive medical care.

Catastrophic offshore injuries include:

Laredo LHWCA Lawyers

If you work in support of the offshore industry, you might be protected by the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Ac (LHWCA). This law was created to help longshoremen, harbor workers, and others who support the maritime industry recover after a preventable accident.

Below are employee benefits under the LHWCA:

  • Medical expenses
  • Payment for disease contraction caused by shipping harmful chemicals
  • Compensation for rehabilitation and/or physical therapy
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Benefits for the families of workers killed on the job
  • 2/3 of your normal weekly pay for the duration of recovery

If you've suffered while working in support of the offshore industry, call our Laredo LHWCA lawyers now. We're ready to walk you through your options and help you decide if you're eligible to make a claim using the LHWCA.

Helping Laredo Residents After Cruise Ship Accidents

Going on vacation should mean getting away from home, relaxing, and—most of all—being safe. Yet, when cruise ship operators aren't safe, passengers and crew members suffer the most. If you've sustained injuries while on a cruise ship—whether you suffered from a gangway accident or another type of incident—our Laredo cruise ship accident lawyers can help. Since we're experienced with maritime law, we're ready to handle the specifics of your case and make sure every step is being taken to ensure you receive the compensation that you need rather than the low settlement offer of the cruise company.

Maritime Law FAQ

What Are maintenance and cure?

Maintenance and cure are benefits provided to injured seamen under maritime law. Ship owners are required by law to provide basic living expenses and medical care to seamen who are injured or fall ill while on the job. Maintenance and cure must be provided until the seaman is well enough to return to work or reaches maximum medical cure. You may have the right to maintenance and cure, but without an attorney on your side, you may find it impossible to recover fair maintenance and to receive the medical care you need. We know how to represent the interests of injured seamen. We can help you get treatment from the doctor of your choosing, the full maintenance you need for your living expenses, and protection from being pressured to return to work before you’re ready.

What is the Limitation of Liability Act? How can it affect my maritime case?

The Limitation of Liability Act essentially allows the owner of a vessel to sue injured crew members or the families of crew members who have lost their lives. This law was relevant when it was passed back in 1851, protecting ship owners from financial ruin in times when it was extremely dangerous to travel in international waters. Today, ship owners have technology and equipment at their disposal that makes shipping by sea far less dangerous. The accidents that do happen are far more likely to stem from ship owner negligence or wrongdoing than from piracy and heavy weather. Our team at Arnold & Itkin has successfully defeated attempts by ship owners to hide behind the Limitation of Liability Act time and time again, including for the crew of the Deepwater Horizon and widows of the El Faro crew. We’re committed to overcoming this antiquated law.

Do I need a maritime lawyer?

If you were injured at sea, you deserve to receive the best medical care. You deserve to get the money you need to pay your bills while you can’t work. You also deserve to fully heal before returning to work.

If your injuries are so severe that you will be unable to work for a time or will never work again, you deserve to be supported for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, there is little chance of your employer treating you fairly. You’re more likely to be sued under the Limitation of Liability Act than to receive the help you need.

A skilled maritime lawyer can protect your interests and rights, against all attempts by your employer and their insurance company to downplay your injuries or underpay your claim. Instead of worrying how you’ll make ends meet and get the medical care you need, let our attorneys stand up and fight for you.

Contact Our Laredo Maritime Injury Attorneys Today: (888) 493-1629

When companies try to use outdated legislation like the Limitation of Liability Act to protect their interests, when insurance companies actively delay or underpay claims, and in all scenarios where maritime workers find their rights in jeopardy, our Laredo maritime attorneys stand ready to help. These are complex cases, but we have a proven record of success. We win because we don’t give up. We apply our resources and knowledge of maritime law to change our clients’ lives for the better.

You deserve a chance to reclaim your future after a serious maritime accident. Contact Arnold & Itkin today to find out how we can help you.

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.
  • $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.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $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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Stacy Widow of Barge Accident Victim

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