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U.S. Maritime Workers in Foreign Waters

Serving Workers Nationwide from Offices in Houston, Texas & Baton Rouge, Louisiana

After the oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico, an official moratorium was declared. Although deepwater drilling has reached a standstill domestically, this does not mean that this applies worldwide; in fact, many areas still allow this type of exploration, including Great Britain and several African countries. To take advantage of these foreign opportunities, it's been reported that there have been at least three oil rigs that have left the Gulf, taking with them many domestic maritime workers who are looking to keep a paycheck.

However, regardless of where an offshore worker is employed, no matter whether it's in Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, or the Persian Gulf, it is important to keep in mind that the nature of maritime work is dangerous. Location doesn't change that and, in fact, can aggravate that danger.

For instance, around the North Sea, the conditions are notorious for being fatally dangerous and often the cause of offshore accidents. So much in fact that according to a report released by the British Health and Safety Executive's Office, the area around the North Sea saw a nearly doubling in major injuries and wrongful deaths in 2009. Many of these incidents were associated with the area's lack of focus on the safety of the workers.

Talk to Arnold & Itkin Today About Your Maritime Case: (888) 493-1629

If you are a U.S. maritime worker who has been involved in an accident while working in foreign waters, then it is crucial that you get the involvement of a lawyer who is well-versed in admiralty and maritime law. At Arnold & Itkin, we are widely considered as authorities in this area of the law and will do everything that we can to help our clients obtain the just outcome that they deserve. No matter whether you have been injured in a fire, an explosion or even a helicopter accident while being transported to work, you deserve to be compensated. By securing the legal help from our law firm, you can rest assured knowing that you will have an advocate on your side who will do everything possible to help protect your legal rights. We know what is on the line and we will fight exhaustively to help protect you.

Do not hesitate to talk to our firm about your case. Call (888) 493-1629 to schedule a free consultation.

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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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