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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  • Failing Equipment: The equipment use on oil rigs may be decades out of date.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 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 at (888) 493-1629 to schedule a free case evaluation with a dedicated personal injury legal team.

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  • $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.
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