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Houston Jack-Up Rig Accident Attorneys

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Jack-up rigs are dangerous pieces of machinery. It is a huge mobile platform that rests on the sea floor, functioning as a kind of barge that can be raised or lowered by gears driven by hydraulic or electric motors. They are used for offshore oil and natural gas drilling. Such a huge and complicated piece of machinery carries with it certain risks for the workers who are handling it.

The Dangers of Jack-Up Rigs

Jack-up rigs can capsize if they are not properly secured, and the mechanical equipment can malfunction if it is not carefully maintained. With all the electrical lines that it takes to operate the rig, fires and explosions are possible risks. Another common injury that jack-up rig workers can sustain is head trauma. From concussions caused by a blast or from tools that fall from a higher platform, head traumas are a regular occurrence. Additionally, the machinery is large, so there is always the risk that pieces of the machine can strike a worker, causing blunt force injuries.

Jack-up rig workers are in danger from a variety of different sources due to the complexity of operations. Statistics show that jack-up rigs are dangerous work environments. According to the U.S. Minerals Management Service, in less than a 10-year period, there have been more than 900 fires and explosions, 60 deaths, and 1,548 serious injuries related to offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Studies have also shown that maritime employees are twice as likely to sustain a serious injury while on the job when compared to United States construction workers.

What Are Your Rights After a Jack-Up Rig Accident?

Jack-up rigs are known for moving locations in the same general area. Since jack-up rigs do technically move from one sea area to another, they are considered maritime vessels for maritime law. This means that many aspects of the Jones Act and various other maritime laws apply to jack-up rig workers. If a jack-up rig were not considered a maritime vessel, your jack-up rig employer would be difficult to sue.

For example, you can recover maintenance and cure, injury compensation, and much more under a lawsuit filed in the Jones Act category. The fact that jack-up rigs are considered Jones Act vessels means you have compensation rights under American law. If negligence was involved, you will need the help of a seasoned attorney to craft a strong Jones Act claim.

How Arnold & Itkin Can Help: Call Our Texas Lawyers at (888) 493-1629 Today

If you were involved in a jack-up rig accident, you may be liable to compensation. You may not know where to turn after sustaining injuries at your offshore work environment, but that's what we are here for. Arnold & Itkin can evaluate your claim and determine what your legal rights are. The sooner you contact our legal team, the better chance you have of receiving the help you deserve.

There are many different types of offshore accidents you can be involved in while working on a jack-up rig, but no matter what your injury, it would be in your best interest to seek the help of our legal team to offer you aggressive representation and the legal experience that you need. Call (888) 493-1629 for a free case review!

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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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