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Houston Maritime Piracy Attorneys

Injured in a Pirate Attack? We Help Workers from Texas, Louisiana & Throughout the U.S.

If you are working for a vessel that travels on foreign waters, you have likely heard of or experienced the danger of pirate crews. Because of technology and advanced weaponry, modern-day pirates are a far greater threat to vessels than the pirates of the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the typical pirate imagery of a cutlass has been replaced by semi-automatic guns. However, even though piracy has existed for centuries, it has recently been recognized as one of the most dangerous risks associated with maritime work. As an offshore worker, it is important for you to understand the maritime laws that can protect your rights in the case of a pirate attack. It is wise to consult a maritime attorney about your line of work and how you can recover compensation for injuries related to pirate attacks. At Arnold & Itkin, our professional legal team may be able to help you seek compensation to cover lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses that may have occurred as a result of the attack.

Defending Against Maritime Piracy

Maritime piracy is not ancient history. Rather, it is as alive and well as it has ever been. Modern maritime piracy attacks often involve robbery, but they can also sometimes turn violent. Sometimes pirates even take offshore workers hostage and demand a ransom. Because of the threat of maritime piracy, offshore companies have implemented plans in hopes of countering these attacks of maritime piracy.

These plans may include the following:

  • Test exercises
  • Onboard security
  • Other preventative measures

If you work on a vessel in foreign waters, there should be a plan of defense in the event of an attack. Some areas of the world are more dangerous than others, so it is important to know what waters are prone to piracy. For example, Somalia is an extremely dangerous place for offshore workers. These waters see not only the greatest number of attacks but also the most violent attacks. It is the responsibility of your employer to adequately warn you of the dangers you face in whatever area you are working in. You have the right to have that information disclosed to you, so if your employer is not fully informing you of pertinent information and you are injured as a result, you may have a claim.

Many offshore employers are now implementing special training for their employees in the event of a piracy attack. It may take the form of a fire drill of sorts, so workers know exactly what to do in the event of a real emergency. If you are traveling in international waters but are not aware of any piracy defense training, you should speak with your employer immediately. Your employer is responsible for your safety, so if you are harmed in an attack of piracy and your employer did not adequately warn you of how to respond in that situation, then you could be entitled to a claim.

Helping Victims of Maritime Piracy Fight for Recovery

Our firm is founded on a commitment to provide legal counsel and support to those who sustained serious injuries. We created this website to provide helpful information and guidance to maritime workers through the United States and those who have been injured in foreign waters. A pirate attack typically occurs overseas, and American seamen are usually confused about how to go about seeking compensation for an attack in foreign waters. With our help, your case will be filed under the right maritime law and your chances of recovering compensation greatly increase.

We have seen a tremendous increase in the number of offshore workers injured by pirate attacks in recent years. This has given us an opportunity to build upon our skills and knowledge in this area of maritime law. Ship owners and employers must do their part to deter and prevent pirate attacks on their ship. If you feel that your ship was attacked because the necessary safety measures were ignored, it is important for your voice to be heard.

Don't wait to contact Arnold & Itkin about your pirate attack. We can provide you with the legal backing you need to face your employer and stand up for others who have been injured because of negligent safety practices.

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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