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Houston Harbor Worker Injury Attorneys

Helping Injured Harbor Workers Throughout Texas & the Entire Nation

Harbor workers have the enormous task of constructing, converting, overhauling, repairing, altering, and outfitting ships. This job requires an extensive skill set and an in-depth knowledge of machinery and large equipment. As a result, harbor workers must follow strict safety guidelines to safeguard against serious injuries and fatalities. If you are employed as a harbor worker by a U.S. company, it is vitally important that you understand your rights in case of an accident. General maritime law specifically addresses your rights as an offshore worker. Our team of Houston maritime injury lawyers can explain the specific ways that the law pertains to your situation and fight to protect your legal rights.

Claims Under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)

If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury while performing duties as a harbor worker, you have the right to seek compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA provides benefits for harbor workers who are injured by workplace hazards found in shipyards and boatyards located on navigable waters. This may include adjoining shore installations such as dry docks, building ways, wharves, graving docks, terminals, marine railways, and other areas commonly used for shipbuilding activities.

You can file for the disability compensation and medical care available through the LHWCA. If your family member has been killed while working in the maritime industry, you may also be able to seek benefits on behalf of your loved one. However, if a seaman is covered under the Jones Act or by a state workers' compensation law, he or she will not be eligible under the LHWCA.

Harbor workers are also subject to occupational diseases through repeated exposure to asbestos. Thousands of workers in the maritime industry have been exposed to asbestos while working at shipyards and drydocks because asbestos-containing materials were used in the construction and renovation of ships. We can help survivors seek compensation under LHWCA after a worker has died from asbestos-related conditions.

Call Our Shipyard Injury Lawyers for a Free Review of Your Case: (888) 493-1629

Harbor workers who have been injured are capable of recovering medical and disability payments under the LHWCA, as well as compensation for rehabilitation services and other situational costs. However, filing a claim and receiving the full amount of compensation available is not easily accomplished. You need an experienced lawyer who is committed to fighting for your rights regardless of the circumstances.

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we can provide the high-caliber legal support that you need during this trying time. Call (888) 493-1629 today!

Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $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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