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Houston Offshore Injury Attorneys

Serving Injured Offshore & Harbor Workers Nationwide

Nationwide, seamen, dockworkers, and oil and gas industry employees are exposed to dangerous working conditions. This occurs throughout the Gulf of Mexico and coastal regions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, as well as on inland waters, and along both the east and west coast. Workers routinely suffer injuries caused by dangerous conditions on offshore platforms, spars, jack-up rigs, tankers, crew boats, lay barges, and other vessels. When that happens, our firm is ready to help. We proudly serve injured workers nationwide from our Houston, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana offices.

The following are common causes of serious offshore injuries:

  • Diving Accidents
  • Dangerous Equipment
  • Crane Failures
  • Explosions & Fires
  • Vessel Collisions
  • Lifting Accidents

If you or someone you love has been severely injured while working offshore, we are the law firm that you should call. Backed by years of experience and a winning track record, you can count on our firm to stand up for your rights and protect your best interests. Call (888) 493-1629 today!

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Offshore Injury FAQ

Am I Covered by the Jones Act?

After nearly 100 years of existence, the Jones Act has been applied to numerous types of offshore workers including oil rig workers, cargo ship workers, and other types of offshore workers. Additionally, an injured worker must be able to prove that the negligence of their employer caused their suffering. Speaking with the offshore injury lawyers from Arnold & Itkin LLP will help you discover your options.

How Long Do I Have to File an Offshore Injury Claim?

Every civil lawsuit has a time limit for those who wish to file a claim. This limit is different from situation to situation. The Jones Act and general maritime law generally give injured workers about three years to file a claim. However, injured workers should always speak with an attorney as soon as possible to make sure their case has the time it needs for success.

Should I Accept a Settlement for My Offshore Injury?

No, you should not accept a settlement before speaking with an offshore injury lawyer. Companies, their legal teams, and their insurers often offer a low settlement with the hopes that an injured worker will accept it. While it might seem like they are trying to do the right thing, they are trying to absolve themselves of future accountability for the incident. Speaking with an attorney will help you decide if you should accept their settlement or if you should pursue more recovery for damages.

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Benefits of Working With Our Team

  • Billions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • 100s of Cases Won in Excess of $1 Million
  • Cases Won for Our Clients from Coast to Coast
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The Arnold & Itkin Experience

Benefits of Working With Our Team

At Arnold & Itkin, we have won verdicts and settlements for injured offshore workers all over the world, including the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the North Sea, the Middle East, Asia, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Alaska, Washington, Virginia, Alabama, and California.

We have years of experience dealing with oil and gas companies, shipping companies, and insurance providers.

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an offshore accident, it is extremely important that you get sound legal advice from a qualified offshore injury lawyer at our firm before you discuss the matter with your employer or insurance company. Get started by requesting your free case evaluation!

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Skilled Texas Offshore Injury Lawyers

We Believe Skill & Experience Make a Difference

Our goal is to help injured offshore workers get their lives back on track. Because of this, we work tirelessly to prepare their case for trial, including conducting extensive investigations and consulting with quality offshore industry and medical experts.

With us, you can be confident knowing you will have someone on your side capable of navigating the unique aspects of offshore law, all while protecting your rights, handling communications with your employer, dealing with adjustors, and fighting for maximum recovery. We believe we're the clear choice for injured offshore workers.

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or or if you have lost a as a result of an offshore accident, it is extremely important that you get sound legal advice from a qualified maritime injury lawyer at our firm before you discuss the matter with your employer or insurance company. Get started with your case today by requesting your free case evaluation or calling our firm at (888) 493-1629.

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Cases That We Can Handle

Our offshore injury attorney focus on winning cases covered by the following laws and regulations.

  • The Jones Act

    This specialized branch of admiralty law compensates any seaman who suffers personal injury or illness due to unseaworthiness or negligence during employment aboard a vessel operating in navigable waters. A victim may recover lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, physical pain, emotional anguish and cost of living expenses while in recovery. A worker injured on a pier, wharf, dry dock or terminal may recover under the Jones Act.

  • Death on the High Seas Act

    This federal law compensates families who lose a loved one to an accident that occurs in an offshore job. The act covers deaths that have occurred beyond three nautical miles from the shore of any state and includes commercial aviation accidents beyond 12 nautical miles from the shores of the U.S. Recovery, however, is limited to the family's monetary losses and does not include pain and suffering, loss of companionship or future medical expenses.

  • Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

    This is a comprehensive workers' compensation scheme that provides medical and disability benefits to offshore workers who are injured or become ill on navigable waters. To recover under the act, a worker does not need to prove that the employer was at fault. The act also provides wrongful death benefits to survivors of offshore workers who are killed on the job.

  • General Maritime Law

    In addition to general maritime negligence, general maritime law covers the principle of maintenance and cure. Under this, a vessel owner must cover a seaman's medical treatment until maximum medical recovery is reached. The owner must also cover the seaman's basic living expenses until completion of the ship's voyage, even though the seaman is no longer aboard the ship when it reaches port.

Importance of Hiring Proven Attorneys

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Unlike with state workers' compensation claims, there is no administrative body that oversees your offshore injury claim. Instead, claims covered by maritime law must be filed in state or federal court. Although some claims may be settled in pre-litigation negotiations, the only way to preserve your right to pursue a claim is to file a lawsuit. A qualified offshore lawyer can help you do that.

In many instances, your employer may ask you to sign an agreement or release in exchange for payment of unearned wages, maintenance and cure, or medical benefits. It is imperative that you have any documents you are given reviewed by a competent lawyer before signing them so that you do not waive any of your rights to recovery.

Offshore employers and insurance companies have their own experienced lawyers. They will work hard to minimize their client's losses by making sure you are paid as little as possible. When facing them, you deserve to have competent legal representation on your side, protecting your rights.

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.
  • $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.
  • $6.5Million Settlement Secured for Injured Crew Member on Barge Arnold & Itkin obtained a seven-figure settlement for an offshore worker who was injured off the coast of Florida while working in needlessly dangerous conditions. His settlement will help him move forward after irreparable damage was done to his head and face.
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