Offshore work includes some of the most profitable and vital industries in the United States. People who work on oil rigs, shipping vessels, fishing boats, and other offshore workplaces are the people who make the U.S. a world leader in fuel, food production, and other industries. Fighting for their future is an honor and a privilege.
Our offshore lawyers in Louisiana have successfully fought for people in all types of offshore jobs:
- Commercial Diver
- Oil Rig Technician or Engineer
- General Seaman
- Harbor or Shipyard Worker
- Commercial Fisherman
These areas of work are necessary for global production and consumption in our ever-expanding world, but that certainly does not mean they need to be dangerous or deadly. If you or your loved one has wrongfully suffered an injury or death while working in a maritime or offshore industry, it is imperative to seek excellent legal representation.
Choosing the Right Maritime Injury Lawyer
Although these acts have been established recently to protect offshore workers, shipping companies and owners alike will also fight back to avoid paying out for their negligence. Our team at Arnold & Itkin has received national recognition for our ability to face Fortune 500 companies in the courtroom, demand what is owed to our clients, and secure massive verdicts or settlements.
Whether you are working in a shipyard, oil rig, commercial fishing vessel, or any work site on or near the water and you are wrongfully hurt, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Speak with our offshore injury lawyers in Louisiana today.
Arnold & Itkin LLP wants to be the offshore injury firm that fights for your retribution. Call today at (225) 412-6348 for dedicated representation.
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The Jones Act
Created to compensate seamen who are injured or made ill due to the negligence of their employers. It allows vessel workers to sue the owners or captain of the vessel when negligent leadership causes them harm.
Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)
Compensates families who have lost a loved one in a commercial industry, including shipping beyond 3 miles from the coast of a state and commercial aviation accidents beyond 12 miles of a U.S. coast. This law applies to seamen, but not dock workers or maritime employees working close to shore.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
This is a general worker’s compensation program that allows maritime employees medical and disability benefits if injured or made ill at sea. This law also allows dock workers to be compensated for negligence if they are injured.
Many aspects of these industries suggest they are inherently dangerous: the unpredictable and uncontrollable ocean during severe weather and the flammable substances being dealt with, to name a couple. It is still, however, up to those in leadership positions to make the workplace safe for employees, and many causes of accidents can be linked back to the fault of another party.
Arnold & Itkin has investigated a wide variety of cases involving negligence:
- Diving Accidents
- Faulty Equipment
- Deck Accidents
- Explosions and Fires
- Ship Crashes
- Slips and Falls
If your injury was related to any one of these accidents, or related to another type of accident not listed here, our investigation will determine which party or parties are at fault. Accidents big or small in scale could be traced back to the fault of a coworker, supervisor, owner of the company or vessel, or even a shipping regulator, such as the Federal Shipping Commission, if their oversight led to your injury. Hire maritime legal experts who are unafraid of following the accident to any height it goes in order provide justice for its clients. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
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.
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