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Brazil Offshore Injury Attorneys

Protecting Maritime Workers Injured in Brazil & Worldwide

Major finds of oil in deep water off the coast of Brazil have reshaped the world map of petroleum resources and drawn the interest of international oil companies. Some American rig workers have taken offshore jobs in the Campos, and Santos basins off the coast of Brazil because of the uncertainty about new rules for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

If you are seriously injured while working offshore for a U.S. company in Brazil, you need a Jones Act and maritime accident lawyer with proven results representing offshore workers in foreign waters.

Arnold & Itkin LLP has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our top-rated attorneys have experience dealing with offshore accidents, including foreign waters injuries and claims. We are proud to represent American offshore workers injured in the foreign waters of Brazil and are skilled at getting these cases heard by U.S. courts, where your legal rights are strongest.

Information About Brazil’s Offshore Oil Production

Brazil has the second largest amount of proven oil reserves in South America and is South America’s second-largest oil producer after Venezuela. The vast majority of oil is found in the Espirito Santo, Campos, and Santos basins of the Atlantic Ocean—about 50 miles offshore of Rio de Janeiro. The country’s oil production has increased steadily and is projected to reach 2.81 million barrels per day in 2010. A number of international oil companies have obtained concessions to explore for oil offshore of Brazil. Shell was the first non-Brazilian oil production company to operate there. Shell’s Bjupira-Salema project in the Campos Basin produces about 50,000 billion barrels per day. Shell’s BC-10 project, begun in 2009, is designed to produce 100,000 billion barrels per day. Chevron started operation at its Frade project in 2009 with a design capacity of 100,000 billion barrels per day. In recent years, BP has purchased offshore blocks from Devon Energy Corp., which had concessions in Brazil.

With increased oil production in foreign waters, there are more offshore accidents. This needs to stop.

Brazil’s oil regulators halted operations on one offshore platform in July 2010, citing safety concerns after a vapor leak and a fire. Fires and explosions are a serious hazard on all offshore platforms. 11 workers died in 2001 when a platform exploded and sank in the Atlantic off Rio de Janeiro. One worker was killed and two others seriously injured on another rig offshore Brazil in 2009 when a shutoff valve failed, causing oil and water to gush out at high pressure. Workers can suffer serious injuries on an oil platform, regardless of whether they have a job in drilling or as a roustabout, floorman, rig welder, rig mechanic, or even those who have an FPSO or rig catering job. Many serious accidents are caused by an employer’s lack of focus on safety, failure to train workers adequately, and lack of routine maintenance of equipment on an offshore platform. Any of these factors can support a claim of negligence or wrongful death if a rig worker is injured or dies as a result of an offshore accident.

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A serious injury offshore is more complex because of its location and the jurisdiction of maritime law. A serious offshore injury in Brazil or other foreign waters adds additional legal complexity to a Jones Act or maritime law claim. Because of the complexity of these cases, an injured offshore worker should consult an attorney who is knowledgeable about handling injury claims in foreign waters. If you are an American platform worker who is recovering from a serious injury while working for a U.S.-based company in Brazil, contact attorneys who are truly prepared to handle the complexity of a foreign waters injury accident claim. At Arnold & Itkin, we are experienced trial lawyers and skilled negotiators ready to help injured overseas rig workers. We have stood up to some of the world’s largest oil companies on behalf of injured rig workers and achieved success for our clients.

Contact us for your free case review by calling (888) 493-1629 or using our online contact form.

Case Results

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  • $29 Million 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 ...
  • $14 Million 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 ...
  • $11.5 Million 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 ...
  • $8.9 Million 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.
  • $8 Million 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 ...
  • $7.2 Million 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 ...
  • $7.1 Million 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 ...
  • $6.9 Million 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.
  • $6.6 Million 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.
  • $6.5 Million 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 ...
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