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Louisiana Oil Rig Explosion Lawyers

Baton Rouge Law Firm Protecting Oil Rig Workers Off the Coast of Louisiana

The Gulf of Mexico is home to some of the most offshore oil drilling in the world. Additionally, oil drilling is among the most dangerous professions known to our nation’s workforce. For many of the Louisiana crewman, it becomes a way of life, and even being aware of the dangers does not stop them from simply going about their duties. Unfortunately, Arnold & Itkin LLP is familiar with the damage caused by oil rig explosions and we do our best to find compensation for those workers who were wrongfully placed in unsafe conditions.

The Deepwater Horizon incident of 2010 is perhaps one of the most high-profile oil rig explosions in recent years off of the Gulf Coast. Our team represented over a third of the workers suing for compensation for their injuries, which was a larger portion than any other personal injury firm involved in that case. We were able to win significant compensation for the injured workers we represented in that case, and we want to do the same for you if you or your loved one has experienced injury or death as a result of an oil rig explosion off of the coast of Louisiana. Even though these jobs are dangerous, it does not excuse many factors that wrongfully lead to the endangering of employees.

Causes of Oil Rig Explosions

Being exposed to the elements out at sea and working with hazardous chemicals do naturally make for a dangerous working climate, but many of the accidents that lead to explosions are the result of the negligence or incompetence of another party involved in the drilling.

Caused if oil rig explosions include the following:

  • Oil Rig Fires: Oil and many of the chemicals used on rigs are extremely flammable, which is why they should be properly secured. If these chemicals are spilled or exposed to oxygen, the fires they cause may lead to an explosion that could have been avoided.
  • Failing Equipment: The equipment use on oil rigs may be decades out of date; increasing usage exposes them to malfunctions. It is often not updated out of fear of missing out of profits during renovation, selfishly exposing employees to disaster.
  • Negligence: This can refer to the irresponsible oversight of management, ownership, or even a fellow coworker. It is up to those in leadership roles to maintain a safe working environment; failure to do so many constitute negligence.

Compensating Your Oil Rig Explosion Injuries

Not only do oil rigs handle flammable substances, but they handle massive quantities of them, allowing for an extremely violent explosion.

Employees in close range of the explosion site can suffer death and serious injuries including:

  • Burn Injuries: In some cases of third and fourth degree burns, tissue and even bones can be permanently damaged.
  • Brain Injuries: As the equipment on the rig becomes airborne due to the pressure, workers even far from the site of the explosion can suffer catastrophic head injury from falling debris.
  • Spinal Injuries: Falling debris, or the force from the explosion itself, can damage sections of the spine.
  • Loss of Limb: It is not uncommon for the force or fast traveling pieces of heavy debris to cause the sudden loss of appendages.

Our Louisiana oil rig explosion injury attorneys have seen the gruesome nature of these horrific events and want to help the victims and families of victims recover what is rightfully theirs.

Call Arnold & Itkin LLP at (225) 412-6348 to schedule a free case evaluation and promote your chances for a favorable outcome with a dedicated and experienced personal injury legal team.

Case Results

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  • $29Million The Largest Known Settlement for a Wrongful Death Offshore Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin successfully secured a record settlement for a single family who tragically lost a loved one. It is the largest known settlement for a death that occurred offshore. While a settlement is not an admittance of responsibility, our firm was pleased that the company was willing to provide fair compensation to the family of their employee without a fight.
  • $14Million Jones Act Settlement Reached Two Days Before Trial Arnold & Itkin represented a seaman after he suffered a head injury on the Hercules 15 inland barge. Hercules employees tack welded a three foot pipe to the derrick and then forgot to remove it before starting drilling operations. The pipe was jarred loose and hit Plaintiff in the head, causing severe injury. We presented his case under the Jones Act against Hercules, who chose to settle just before trial.
  • $11.5Million Settlement Won for Injured Victim of Offshore Accident Arnold & Itkin obtained a settlement of $11.5 million on behalf of an offshore accident victim suffering from both physical and psychological injuries. His settlement will ensure that our client gets all the time, financial support, and stability he needs to fully recover and get back on his feet.
  • Confidential Defendant Paid Massive Settlement Rather Than Risk Trial Arnold & Itkin is proud to have aggressively pursued compensation for our client before the trial even began. Our pretrial preparation resulted in nearly two dozen depositions before the defendant chose to resolve the case.
  • $8.9Million Settlement Achieved for Severely Injured Seaman Arnold & Itkin helped secure a settlement on behalf of a seaman who injured his head when working aboard an offshore drilling vessel. Our firm helped to recover $8.9 million on his behalf.
  • $8Million Massive Settlement Reached Before Trial Began Our firm represented an offshore worker (a steward) who seriously injured his back in an accident. The injury prevented him from making a living. While other lawyers told him his case was only worth a few hundred thousand dollars, our attorneys knew better. Due to intense negotiations by the firm, Arnold & Itkin was able to obtain a settlement for $8 million from his employers.
  • $7.2Million Millions Won for Brain-Injured Client in Louisiana Arnold & Itkin recovered more than $7 million in a settlement for a severely injured Louisiana client. Our client suffered brain injury and memory issues while working on an offshore platform. The defendant settled his case during jury selection, and our client now has the money he needs to receive quality medical care for the rest of his life.
  • $7.1Million Concussed Worker Received a Massive Settlement after Accident Arnold & Itkin represented an offshore worker with a concussion and a herniated disk from an accident on the job. These injuries inhibited our client’s ability to make a living, requiring him to pursue a claim. His employers eventually resolved the case by settling for $7.1 million.
  • $6.9Million Settlement Obtained for Family of Deceased Offshore Worker Arnold & Itkin negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement for the family of a man who died offshore. Though the defendant attempted to get away with an extremely low offer, our team obtained a settlement that was many times larger.
  • $6.6Million Settlement Obtained for Wife & Family of Deceased Offshore Worker Arnold & Itkin helped a woman and her family get justice after her husband was killed in an incident offshore. Despite undue pressure from the defendant, our firm made sure our clients were taken care of for the rest of their lives.
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