No other group suffers more from cutting corners on safety than offshore workers. Decades of loose adherence to safety regulations have meant that the largest companies aren’t held accountable for serious negligence. Inevitably, that negligence severely injures or kills their workers. After an accident, companies offer low settlements, deny responsibility, or even try to shift the blame to workers. This isn’t right. At Arnold & Itkin, we've recovered over $10 billion for clients. We’ve heard every excuse that offshore companies try to use. We’ve seen every tactic from their hordes of lawyers. We refuse to give into them because our clients deserve results, no matter what.
Our Offshore Injury Attorneys Have a History of
Fighting for Offshore Workers Nationwide
Anywhere there’s navigable water, there are offshore workers giving their all to make a living. Deck hands, oil and gas employees, and other workers are exposed to dangerous conditions every day. Companies know of these dangers and are obligated to protect their employees. Yet, they often fail.
When a preventable accident shatters workers’ lives and the company fails to do what’s right, Arnold & Itkin is always there to help. Workers call us when their entire lives are at stake and only the best attorney will do. Delivering the results that they need is more than just our job—it’s our calling.
We’ve helped clients after devastating events across the globe, including oil rig explosions and fires, dredging accidents, diving accidents, vessel collisions, crane failures, and more. From the Jones Act to the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, we know maritime law and are here to help.
If you've been hurt in an offshore accident, call Arnold & Itkin. When the other side isn’t being fair, we fight back. When oil and gas companies aren’t truthful, we catch their lies. When workers need results, our team of offshore injury attorneys works tirelessly to make sure they get them. No matter what.
“I told him, ‘Kurt you’re my hero. You’re my knight in shining armor.’” Mildred Solar Cortes El Faro Widow
When someone comes to us for help, it’s impossible not to care. Our clients come to us after losing everything, and we stop at nothing to make sure they get the help they need. We make it a point to treat them like family. If they need medical care, we make sure they get it. When the other side is unfair, we never back down from the fight. The results we earn change lives for the better, and we never take that responsibility lightly.
When the Deepwater Horizon exploded, we refused to let some of the largest companies in the world shift the blame to its crewmembers. When the El Faro sailed into a hurricane and sank, we were there to make sure the company made things right. Neither process was simple, but both cases ended how they should have: with the injured and grieving receiving the fair compensation that they needed. With some of history’s largest personal injury victories, our firm is here to make sure big companies treat regular people right. We’re here to help you win.
- $29 Million The Largest Known Settlement for a Wrongful Death Offshore
- $14 Million Jones Act Settlement Reached Two Days Before Trial
- $11.5 Million Settlement Won for Injured Victim of Offshore Accident
- $8.9 Million Settlement Achieved for Severely Injured Seaman
- $8 Million Massive Settlement Reached Before Trial Began
- $7.2 Million Millions Won for Brain-Injured Client in Louisiana
- $7.1 Million Concussed Worker Received a Massive Settlement after Accident
- $6.9 Million Settlement Obtained for Family of Deceased Offshore Worker
- $6.6 Million Settlement Obtained for Wife & Family of Deceased Offshore Worker
- $6.5 Million Settlement Secured for Injured Crew Member on Barge
We’ve consistently received the legal industry’s highest honors. We’re proud of these accolades and deeply grateful to the clients who put their trust in us.
"Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard." Kurt Arnold Founding Partner Meet Kurt
“People call me when something terrible has happened and they need help. It is personal to my clients, so it is personal to me. We have to win—no matter what.” Jason Itkin Founding Partner Meet Jason
We’re prepared to do the
work it takes to change lives.
When we help someone, we’re committed to getting results, regardless of how long it takes. Whether it takes months or years, we don’t give up. While some firms dread difficult cases and are prepared to accept a cheap settlement as quickly as possible, we’re not afraid of the fight. We know dedication and commitment are the only things that produce true results for clients, and we know results matter. No matter what.
When scenes of chaos in the maritime industry are on the news, our phones start to ring. Whether someone needs help after an oil rig disaster, or their vessel was involved in a collision, we’re there for people facing headline-making circumstances. We have a history of fighting for—and getting—results for clients with the eyes of the nation on us. Nothing intimidates us because we’re focused on helping clients, no matter what.
What Happens If You’re Injured at Sea?When an accident or injury happens at sea, what often happens is that injured offshore workers are taken back to shore for medical treatment. At the same time, their company may pressure them to sign documents waiving the worker’s rights or absolving the company of liability. However, as an offshore worker, you’re entitled to maintenance and cure, i.e. the full cost of your medical care and basic needs while you recover.
What’s an Offshore Injury Lawyer? Should I Hire One?An offshore injury lawyer is an attorney who focuses on handling cases for offshore workers and their families after they’ve been injured or killed. They help the workers or their families recover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the accident. If you’ve been injured at sea, you should speak with an offshore attorney as soon as possible, if only to learn your options. Your employer already has a team of highly-paid lawyers advocating for them. You deserve one of your own.
What Types of Accidents Does an Offshore Attorney Cover?Offshore injury attorneys represent workers in virtually any accident that occurs at sea. Explosions, toxic exposure, equipment collapses, falls, drowning, and inadequate medical response are just a few of the accident types our law firm has successfully investigated for injured clients. Offshore injury lawyers can also file claims under general maritime law, the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and others.
What If I Can’t Afford an Offshore Injury Lawyer?You can afford a good offshore injury lawyer no matter what. Our law firm accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we take no fee upfront. We cover the cost of investigation, filing, and case preparation from beginning to end and only get paid if we win the case. That means we take all the risk. As a result, everyone has access to justice.
What Is the Jones Act?The Merchant Marine Act—commonly referred to as the Jones Act—was passed in 1920. Among other things, it provides protections to offshore workers that they didn’t have previously. Before the Jones Act, injured offshore workers couldn’t hold companies liable for negligence and could only seek damages for the immediate costs of their medical care and living expenses. With the Jones Act, workers can seek compensation for the full scope of damages caused by a preventable offshore accident. Our Texas Jones Act lawyers are ready to help you do exactly that.
What Can I Recover with an Offshore Injury Case?Offshore injuries can be life-changing. When a worker is injured offshore, filing a Jones Act claim can get them compensation for lost wages, medical bills, the loss of the ability to work, and the costs of future care. Every case is unique, and understanding what you might be able to recover is vital. Call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation.
Can I File a Lawsuit After a Loved One Was Killed Offshore?Yes, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was passed in 1920 and allows families to seek financial compensation after a loved one was killed due to negligence at sea. If your loved one was wrongfully killed while at sea, you could seek compensation for their lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and more.
Can I Get Blacklisted from Offshore Work for Suing My Employer?No, a person cannot get blacklisted from the offshore industry for suing their employer. Company owners have spread this myth across the industry with the hope that it will deter workers from holding them accountable in court. Our firm has never seen this blacklist, and many of our clients have returned to working offshore after their case.
Should I Accept My Company’s Settlement Offer?After an accident, workers want to believe that their company will treat them right. This isn’t unreasonable, because this is exactly what should happen. However, if a company offers a settlement shortly after an incident, it’s important to avoid signing or accepting anything. While it might seem like a company is doing the right thing, they usually aren’t. Often, settlements are much lower than a worker deserves, and they’re designed to absolve a company of liability as cheaply as possible. Speaking with our offshore injury lawyers will help you decide if your settlement offer is fair, what the value of your case might really is, and if you should file a claim.