Louisiana Offshore Injury Attorneys
Baton Rouge Offshore Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide
Especially in our Gulf Region, maritime and offshore injuries occur all too frequently. Whether you or your loved one works on an oil rig or in commercial shipping, the ocean can be a brutal place, and these settings unfortunately see similar accidents and catastrophes as those in a refinery or manufacturing plant. Regardless, it is the responsibility of owners and management to provide safe working conditions for their employees.
There is no excuse for allowing vessel and rig workers to be injured by unsafe conditions or inadequate policies or training.
However, as many offshore workers know, management tries to get away with using smaller and smaller crews to accomplish the same tasks that usually require a full workforce. This increases the likelihood of a dangerous accident. One, because smaller crews require more work from every worker, the odds of mental and physical exhaustion increase. Two, when individuals are asked to do things that normally require two or three people, they're far more likely to hurt themselves.
Our offshore lawyers in Louisiana have seen the results of these practices firsthand. When Gulf Region workers suffer life-changing accidents, they call Arnold & Itkin to help rebuild their lives and protect their families' future.
To find out how we can help you, contact us for a free, private consultation. We can explain your options and your rights so you can make the best choices about your case.
Louisiana Offshore Injury FAQ
I was injured offshore. Do I need to see the company doctor?
If you were injured in an offshore accident, your employer may ask you to see the company doctor. They may even try to pressure you into signing a statement that says you are well enough to return to work, or they may tell you that you cannot seek medical attention elsewhere.
You should know that offshore workers have the right to seek medical care from where they desire. You are not required to see the doctor that your employer wants you to see. You can seek a second opinion. Your health should come first, and that means seeking care from the doctor, facility, or specialist that’s right for you. If you have more questions about seeking medical care after an offshore injury, our attorneys are standing by to help.
What is my offshore injury case worth?
Every case is different. Some offshore workers may have Jones Act claims and others may be entitled to compensation through other legal means. At Arnold & Itkin, we take care to understand the approach that is right for an injured crew member's case. We look at the true and complete impact that an offshore injury has had on our client and his or her family. We take everything into consideration because it takes everything to try to rebuild and find stability after a catastrophic injury.
The value of your offshore injury claim may be based on:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of ongoing treatment and care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Loss of future earnings
- The pain and suffering you’ve endured
Your employer may try to put a price on the trauma you’ve experienced, but this is impossible. Holding them accountable and recovering a fair settlement or award is the only thing that can bring peace of mind and an assurance that you’ll be taken care of for the rest of your life.
What offshore injury cases has Arnold & Itkin handled?
Our firm has taken on some of the largest offshore cases in history—and won. We represented one-third of the Deepwater Horizon crew and three of the widows of the El Faro sinking. We’ve fought for workers who have suffered life-changing injuries in all types of offshore accidents. In all, our firm has recovered over $10 billion for people in all walks of life who have been injured or have lost loved ones because of the negligence and wrongdoing of others.
The Seacor Power Capsizing
On April 13, 2021, the Seacor Power, a commercial lift boat, set sail despite warnings from officials that a strong storm system was approaching the area. Within two hours of leaving, the vessel had capsized because of strong winds and rough waters. Nearby vessels and responders from the U.S. Coast Guard were able to pull six people from the water. One person was pulled from the water and the search for 12 more missing people was underway as of late the next day.
Causes of Louisiana boat capsizing accidents include:
- Operator inexperience
- A lack of training
- Heading out despite severe weather warnings
- Improperly loaded boats
Personal accounts from other mariners reveal treacherous conditions, with many of them saying they weren't sure if they'd make it safely back to land. One worried person—who said she was a fiancee of one of the missing—told reporters that she begged her partner not to go out that day. He expressed to her that he felt he had no choice.
While investigators are looking into why the vessel was attempting to go out during rough waters, one thing seems to be clear: the Seacor Power should not have been attempting to sail in the conditions that it did.
Putting Offshore Workers & Their Families First
Imagine spending 10 or 20 years of your life working offshore. The work is hard but rewarding, and you feel that you are a valuable part of your employer's team. But then one day, you're seriously injured on the job. Instead of being supported by the company you've given your blood, sweat, and tears to, you're treated like nothing. You're told you need to return to work even though you haven't fully healed. You watch the medical bills pile up with no way to pay. Unfortunately, this is a common story for offshore workers in Louisiana and worldwide.
As Louisiana offshore injury attorneys, we take it upon ourselves to fight for the interests of workers and their families. We do what others can't: we take our battle to court and make oil and gas giants pay for their wrongdoing. We never back down, because we know what we're doing is right. We fight to win, no matter what.
If you've suffered an offshore injury, put a powerful ally in your corner. Call Arnold & Itkin at (888) 493-1629 today for a free consultation with our Louisiana offshore injury attorneys.
Our firm proudly helps clients throughout the state of Louisiana, including in Bunkie, Plaucheville, Columbia, Grayson, Galliano, Rayville, Many, Zwolle, Saint Rose, Franklin, Newellton, Angie, Sibley, and more.