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Oil Rig Explosions

WHen Oil Rigs Explode, Our Firm Fights to Help Workers Rebuild Their Lives

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 offshore 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. 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 oil rig accidents that lead to explosions are the result of the negligence or incompetence of another party involved in the drilling.

Causes of 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  • Failing Equipment: The equipment use on oil rigs may be decades out of date.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.

Compensation for Your Oil Rig Explosion Injuries

Not only do oil rigs handle flammable substances, but they handle massive quantities of them.

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

  • Burn Injuries: In cases of third and fourth degree, tissue and 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 of the initial blast or fast traveling pieces of heavy debris in the aftermath to cause the sudden loss of appendages.

Our Louisiana personal 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 at (888) 493-1629 to schedule a free case evaluation with a dedicated personal injury legal team.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin tried a case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about a drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained for an individual ...
  • $860 Million History-Making Verdict After Fatal Crane Accident Arnold & Itkin took up the case of a woman who lost her daughter after a crane collapsed on her daughter’s apartment building. After nearly four years of delays, the defendant was forced to take responsibility.
  • $557 Million Massive Verdict Won Against Union Pacific Arnold & Itkin won a half-a-billion-dollar verdict against one of the nation’s largest rail companies after train operators mercilessly struck our client despite knowing she was on the tracks.
  • $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.
  • $193 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
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