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Persian Gulf Maritime Accidents

Whether you are working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico or the Persian Gulf, any job on a platform is dangerous. Many American rig workers who started out in the Gulf of Mexico have taken platform jobs in the Persian Gulf and other foreign waters to make a paycheck and support their families. The Persian Gulf is the most important region in the world for oil production. However, if you are injured while working overseas in the Persian Gulf, you need an aggressive lawyer who is experienced in helping American offshore workers injured in foreign waters. Arnold & Itkin, based in Houston, is committed to assisting American rig workers injured in catastrophic accidents in the Persian Gulf. At our firm, we are prepared to help injured American workers obtain the compensation they need to get back on their feet after a catastrophic accident. We have been successful at filing claims involving overseas injuries in U.S. courts, where American offshore workers’ legal rights are best advocated.

Protecting the Rights of U.S. Offshore Workers in the Persian Gulf

The Persian Gulf includes a number of oil-rich countries, including:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrain
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Iran

Oil production is expected to reach about 30 million billion barrels of oil per day by the end of 2010. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of petroleum liquids and the second largest producer of crude oil; it has approximately one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves. Kuwait is one of the top exporters of oil, with about 2.4 billion barrels per day exported in 2008. The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven emirates, has the second largest economy in the Arab Middle East, after Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates plans to increase its oil production capacity in the next several years. Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world. ExxonMobil, based in Irving, Texas, is completing a $30 billion plant in Qatar to produce liquefied natural gas for shipments around the world. The Suez Canal is an important transit point for oil shipments out of the Persian Gulf. The United States imports about 21 percent of its crude oil and petroleum products from the Persian Gulf.

A number of oil and gas companies are active in the Persian Gulf. Per the U.S. Energy Information Administration, ExxonMobil imported nearly 70,000 barrels of crude oil from the Persian Gulf from January to June 2010. Chevron imported 46,000 barrels of crude oil from the Persian Gulf during the same period. BP Products North America, Inc. imported 10,644 barrels of crude oil from the Persian Gulf. Other companies active in the Persian Gulf include Marathon Petroleum Company LLC., Total Petrochemicals USA Inc., and Houston Refining LP.

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Working on an offshore platform or rig remains dangerous work whether you’re in the Gulf of Mexico or the Persian Gulf. A slip and fall, being struck by a dropped tool, and being pinned by equipment are common accidents offshore that can lead to serious injuries, no matter the specific job title. Often, offshore accidents are caused by the negligence of an employer—such as lack of focus on safety protocols, lack of maintenance, or lack of proper training for rig workers. Our firm is composed of trial lawyers adept at analyzing offshore accidents to identify employer negligence.

If you are seriously injured while working overseas for a U.S. company in the Persian Gulf, you need an aggressive lawyer standing up for your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of an employer or co-worker. You need a lawyer familiar with offshore worker injuries to protect your legal rights. Turn to the skilled attorneys at Arnold & Itkin for a FREE consultation. A serious offshore accident can change your life forever, and you’ll need financial support to rebuild your life and support your family.

We are committed to assisting American workers injured in foreign waters so that they recover physically, emotionally, and financially. We are aggressive advocates and skilled trial lawyers committed to helping injured American workers obtain compensation for injuries caused by negligent employers or co-workers overseas. We have had success bringing cases of offshore workers injured in foreign waters into U.S. courts.

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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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