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Nigeria Offshore Accident Attorney

Once the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico was the new frontier of oil exploration. Today, deepwater discoveries of oil reserves off the coast of Nigeria have drawn the attention of international oil companies and made Nigeria a new frontier for energy exploration. With the uncertainty about deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, some drilling platforms have moved to Africa—and some American rig workers have followed the rig to foreign waters. The attention to worker safety, however, isn’t always as rigorous in places like Nigeria, and offshore accidents are common.

Unfortunately, when overseas, these offshore injuries can cause maritime claims to be even more complex.

If you are seriously hurt while working for a U.S. company offshore Nigeria, you need a Jones Act lawyer familiar with overseas offshore worker injuries. We at Arnold & Itkin are experienced at assisting American oil industry workers injured overseas in places like Nigeria. Often, overseas accidents are caused by a lack of focus on safety, lack of proper training for workers, or failure to perform routine maintenance. We are skilled lawyers committed to helping injured American workers obtain compensation for injuries caused by negligent employers or co-workers overseas, including Nigeria. We have been successful at bringing claims back to U.S. courts, where workers’ legal rights are best protected.

If you were injured working off the coast of Nigeria, contact our offshore injury attorneys. We've recovered billions for our clients and are ready to see how we can assist you.

Regarding Nigeria & Offshore Oil Exploration

A number of U.S.-based and international oil companies are exploring offshore Nigeria, employing skilled American rig workers in foreign waters in the Gulf of Guinea and Bight of Benin. Companies producing oil offshore of Nigeria include ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and Conoco Phillips. ExxonMobil produces about 800,000 billion barrels of oil per day; most of its production is offshore. Meanwhile, Chevron has about 600,000 billion barrels per day of production capacity. Nigeria has an estimated 37 billion barrels of oil reserves offshore in the Bight of Benin, the Gulf of Guinea and the Bight of Bonny, as well as in the Niger River Delta.

Nigeria produced more than 2.2 billion barrels of oil per day in 2009, making it Africa’s largest oil producer, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The U.S. imports approximately 40% of Nigeria’s oil.

Rig workers working offshore of Nigeria can get seriously injured by being struck by heavy equipment, by a slip and fall, or by a fire or explosion. For example, in July 2010, the Jack Ryan drillship operating in the Akpo oilfield in deep water off the coast of Nigeria was carrying out equipment testing when a load-bearing pin on the crane boom failed. Three rig workers fell overboard, one to his death, underscoring the consequences of complacency and lack of attention to safety.

You can suffer a serious injury in foreign waters whether you have a drilling job, a floorman’s job, a roustabout job, a rig welder job, a rig mechanic job, an FPSO job, or a rig catering job. Any serious injury accident may be caused by negligence on the part of an employer to proper maintenance and safety training for workers.

Nigeria Offshore Accident FAQ

What injuries affect Nigeria offshore workers?

As a worker on an offshore rig near Nigeria, you may experience injuries that change the entire course of your life. You may be unable to return to offshore work or may not be able to work again in any field. You may suffer from lasting emotional trauma that affects personal relationships, your family, and your future. Understanding the true impact of an offshore injury helps our firm seek fair and complete compensation for injured workers off the Nigerian coast.

Some potential offshore injuries include:

What types of accidents happen off the Nigerian coast?

Nigeria maritime workers may be at risk of suffering catastrophic or even fatal harm in accidents caused by unseaworthy vessels, negligent employers, overlooked safety standards, and aging or defective equipment. When these accidents happen, Arnold & Itkin is there to hold at-fault parties accountable.

We handle offshore accident cases involving:

Trying to get the medical care and financial support you need after an offshore accident near Nigeria can seem impossible. You may be unsure of your rights and what amount of compensation or benefits you’re entitled to, and you may be pressured by your employer to see a certain doctor or return to work before you feel ready. Our firm is here to protect your interests during the most difficult times.

Can you help even though I was injured in foreign waters?

If you’re employed by an American company but were working off the coast of Nigeria, we can still help you. Our offshore injury attorneys are experienced in handling cases for workers who have been injured in foreign waters. We know precisely what maritime laws apply and use our extensive knowledge of these laws to protect injured workers and their families from attempts to undervalue or deny their claims. Whether the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, or other maritime law applies to your case, you can count on our skill and dedication to seek the best possible result on your behalf.

Nothing is more important than helping injured offshore workers reclaim their lives.

Contact Arnold & Itkin LLP Today for a Free Consultation: (888) 493-1629

If you are seriously injured, you need a lawyer experienced at handling overseas claims. You need a lawyer familiar with overseas offshore worker injuries to advocate for your rights. At Arnold & Itkin, our legal team is fully committed to assisting American workers who have been injured while overseas in Nigeria and other foreign waters. Our team is composed of skilled trial lawyers committed to helping injured American workers obtain compensation for injuries caused by negligent employers or co-workers overseas. We have helped numerous offshore workers recover from a catastrophic accident and move on with their lives. Our attorneys and support staff will work with you to take care of your immediate needs for medical care, counseling, and financial assistance while we prepare your case.

Call (888) 493-1629 today for your free, confidential case review. We have the answers and insight you need.

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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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