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Protecting U.S. Maritime Workers Working in Angola

The demanding job of an offshore worker can take you to foreign waters far from the familiarity of home. Recent discoveries of deepwater oil resources off of Angola have attracted the attention of U.S. oil and gas companies and have created some platform jobs off the coast of Cabinda in Angola. The U.S. already imports more oil from Angola than from Kuwait, which is likely to continue increasing.

If you suffer a serious injury while working in the unfamiliar foreign waters of Angola, you may feel lost about where to turn for help. You need an experienced lawyer who has handled overseas accident claims — one you can trust to advocate for your best interests.

Arnold & Itkin LLP has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Based in Houston, Texas, our legal team is committed to assisting American workers injured in foreign waters. We are skilled lawyers who are committed to helping injured American workers obtain compensation for injuries caused by negligent employers or co-workers overseas in Angola. We have had success filing lawsuits involving serious accidents in foreign waters in U.S. courts, where injured rig workers’ legal rights are strongest.

Contact the experienced foreign waters rig accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP by calling (888) 493-1629 or by using our online contact form.

Taking a Closer Look at Angola Oil Production

U.S. oil and gas companies are focusing more attention on oil-rich countries such as Angola to reduce dependence on Arabian oil. Currently, about 10% of the oil consumed in the U.S. comes from Angola. With recent discoveries of deepwater oil reserves off of Angola, the country could rival Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer. Drilling rigs and production platforms overseas offer a wide range of jobs to experienced American rig workers, including drilling, roustabout, welder, floorman, mechanic, FPSO, and rig catering jobs. However, working on an offshore platform in unfamiliar foreign waters also poses risks of accidents. The U.S. already imports about 375,000 barrels of oil per day from Angola, nearly twice the amount imported from Kuwait. Advances in exploration technology allow oil companies to produce oil and gas at depths unreachable a decade ago. From a floating oil production, storage, and off-loading vessel, workers can tap oil and gas at depths of more than 5,000 feet.

Oil Companies Working in Angola

Among the international oil companies pumping oil in Angola are:

  • Exxon Mobil
  • BP
  • Marathon
  • Chevron

Chevron ranks as one of the leading oil producers in Angola. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, or CABGOC, Chevron has concessions in some of Angola’s most productive offshore oil fields, such as Block 0 and Block 14, and in 2009 produced more than 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum. Chevron has been working to increase production offshore Angola significantly. Among its most important developments are the offshore Benguela Belize-Lobito Tomboco and the Tombua-Landana projects that began production in 2009. ExxonMobil’s affiliated companies in Angola have interests in four deepwater blocks offshore Angola and began production from Kizomba C in 2009. ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, Esso Angola, recently marked 15 years of operating in Angola. Meanwhile, BP is involved with four major deepwater licenses offshore Angola and is the operator in blocks 18 and 31. BP announced a discovery in October 2009 in the ultra-deepwater Block 31.

About the Risks That Offshore Workers Face

With Angola emerging as an international center for oil and gas production, more American workers will find jobs on platforms offshore Angola and in other foreign waters. Serious accidents happen wherever offshore drilling occurs. Per the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), which tracks safety and accidents in the drilling industry, 32 workers died as a result of rig accidents in 2008. This number included 15 in the U.S., 5 in Africa, 6 in the Middle East, 4 in Central and South America and 2 in the Asia Pacific. According to the IADC, workers who held the floorman position on a platform experienced the largest percentage of injuries. By far, most injuries occur on the rig floor. Other positions, including derrickman and roustabout, also experience high injury rates. The most common accidents are caused by workers being struck by equipment, pipes, collars, or having body parts caught between equipment. The most commonly injured body parts are fingers, feet/ankles, and legs.

Angola Offshore Injury FAQ

Angola is in foreign waters. What happens if I suffer an offshore injury there?

If you’re working on an offshore rig in Angola or in any other foreign waters, you still have rights. You can file a lawsuit against your employer if unsafe conditions, negligence, or a defective piece of equipment, machinery, or tool were the cause of your injuries. These cases can be more complex than those that involve incidents in U.S. waters, but our team at Arnold & Itkin has experience with overseas accident claims and is well-versed in all applicable admiralty and maritime laws. We’re here to help you get the medical care and financial support you need.

Are all Angola offshore workers protected by maritime law?

From welders and floormen to mechanics and rig caterers, all American offshore workers located in the Angola area are protected by U.S. maritime law if they are injured on the job. Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and their subsidiaries are drilling in the Angola offshore area and can be held accountable if they fail to provide safe working environments for their workers. The same applies to manufacturers of defective equipment and tools. If you’re an American who was injured in foreign waters, give our firm a call and find out how we can protect your interests under maritime law.

What are the dangers of working on an offshore rig in Angola?

Offshore work is physically demanding and hazardous, but these factors do not excuse any accident or injury. The real danger lies with oil giants who place profits over the safety of their workers, who risk their lives every single day they work on a platform that is improperly maintained. Aging equipment, negligent implementation of safety standards, and pressure to meet quotas increase the risk of catastrophic incidents that can injure or even kill numerous workers, not to mention harm the environment. Working offshore is dangerous, but you still have the rights if you’re injured.

Call Today for a Free Case Review with Arnold & Itkin LLP: (888) 493-1629

If you are seriously injured while working for a U.S. company in deepwater offshore of Angola, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of an employer or co-worker. You need an experienced lawyer familiar with overseas offshore worker injuries to analyze your accident and explain your legal options.

Based in Houston, Texas, we are committed to assisting American platform workers and offshore workers injured in Angola. We are aggressive trial lawyers and skilled negotiators committed to helping oil industry workers recover physically, emotionally, and financially from a catastrophic overseas accident. We will help you get the medical attention you need right away, and we’ll work to obtain the compensation you need to provide for your family and rebuild your life. We have helped numerous offshore workers and have had success bringing cases of offshore workers injured in foreign waters into U.S. courts. That’s the kind of experience you need if you were injured while working offshore of Angola off the coast of Cabinda or in other foreign waters.

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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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