Oil Rig Explosions

Our Maritime Law Firm Helped Nearly One Third of Those Who Were Hurt in the Tragic Deepwater Horizon Explosion

Working with volatile chemicals, often hours from emergency services, means oil rig workers are more susceptible to accidental death on the job than any industry. At the same time, few industries are as crucial to daily life as the oil industry. Making sure workers and their families are taken care of after an oil rig explosion is not only the right thing to do for them—it’s the right thing to do for everyone.

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Have You Been Injured in an Oil Platform Fire Explosion?

For an oil rig worker, an explosion is one of the most dangerous maritime accidents that may occur. Although water may surround them, oil platforms are high-risk areas for fires and explosions. In rough seas and weather, these rigs seek out and extract oil from deep beneath the ocean floor. Heavy machinery is used to conduct various aspects of an oil platform's day to day operations. All it takes is a single spark to set a fire that causes widespread damage. An oil rig may even sink as a result.

At Arnold & Itkin, we recognize the serious nature of oil rig explosions. We represent workers injured off the U.S. coast and worldwide in all types of oil platform accidents, providing experienced counsel to help them seek and recover the monetary benefits they deserve.

Now is the time to see how our firm can help you get the money that will cover medical expenses and help you provide for your family as you work to rebuild and move on with your life. At Arnold & Itkin, we have gone up against some of the largest oil companies in the world and won. We have secured billions in settlements and verdicts for our clients in our years of practice. If these results are not enough to convince you that we have what it takes to handle your oil rig explosion claim, we welcome you to call our offices to schedule a free, confidential consultation and review of your case. You will find that we are friendly, compassionate and ready to provide you with the guidance you need.

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If you have been severely injured or if you have lost someone that you love, you need the help of an experienced advocate. Contact Arnold & Itkin today to work with an offshore injury lawyer who knows how these cases go and who can look out for your best interests.

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What It Was Like Working with Us

At Arnold & Itkin, we are uniquely qualified to help you seek justice. We represented 27 crewmembers of the Deepwater Horizon, the catastrophic 2010 explosion that signified one of the largest oil spills in recordable history. We are proud to stand up for the rights of those victimized by this tragic accident, and we continue to protect the victims of all who suffer injury or death because of an oil rig explosion.

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"My thoughts are that I have the best. I knew I was going to win because I had them on my side. Because I had the best lawyers, that was it. That’s what I felt in my heart. They were the best, and I hired the best—and they provided for the best. They looked out for me, number one."

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Common Causes of

Oil Platform Explosions

The various causes of an explosion or fire on an oil rig are virtually innumerable. An offshore oil platform is a hazardous place. Workers are required to operate or work near heavy machinery and combustible substances. Rough seas and heavy weather can make the environment unpredictable at best. All it takes is a single mistake, defect in a piece of equipment or freak accident to cause a fire or explosion that leads to the injury or death of numerous workers and even the sinking of an entire platform.

Some examples of potential hazards that may cause explosions:

  • Improperly grounded electrical equipment or wiring
  • Defective ventilation systems that cause a back-up of hazardous fumes
  • Improperly stored fuel or other combustible substances
  • Poorly maintained pipelines that leak or spray fuel
  • Improper use of welding devices or torches near combustible substances
  • Corrosion of electrical equipment

Commonly Asked Questions

About Oil Rig Explosions
  • What type of injuries can be sustained in an explosion?

    The types of injuries that oil rig workers can sustain from an explosion are endless. There are some, however, that are more common; for example, burns, scarring, and disfigurement. In some cases, the sheer force of the explosion can be enough to cause broken bones and lacerations, as well as crush injuries. Other common injuries include toxic chemical exposure, electrocution, loss of hearing, brain damage and loss of limb.

  • Can I file a Jones Act Claim to protect my rights?

    Whether or not you are able to file a Jones Act claim will depend entirely on several different factors, namely, whether or not you were legally considered a Jones Act seaman at the time of the incident. There is generally a three-prong test that is used to determine whether or not someone is covered under the Jones Act statute. First, the seaman must have been employed upon a vessel or fleet of vessels on a navigable waterway. Second, they must have been contributing the vessel's function and/or mission. Third, they must have been connected to the vessel substantially. What you can recover will be dependent on the circumstances of your case. Generally speaking, the Jones Act allows for injured seamen to recover compensation to cover all medical bills, as well as past and future wage loss, as well as pain and suffering. In some cases, you may even be able to seek punitive damages, depending on the circumstances.

  • How many people get injured by oil rig explosions?

    According to the most comprehensive data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15% of fatal work injuries are the result of oil rig explosions or platform fires. Roughly 10 to 18 workers die a year on average from these causes. However, in many of these cases explosions will cause multiple fatalities—so the incidence rate is not as high as the fatality rate.

  • When should I call an oil rig explosion attorney?

    Ideally as soon as you get medical attention. Your employers may try to send you to one of their doctors to downplay the extent of your injuries or may limit your medical care to get you to waive your right to a lawsuit. In either case, having a lawyer could prevent companies from taking advantage of you with unethical practices.

  • Do you have experience handling these cases?

    Arnold & Itkin is known nationwide for being the law firm that represented more Deepwater Horizon crew members than any other law firm in the nation. We have fought for offshore workers and oilfield employees for the entirety of our firm’s existence, securing billions of dollars for the injured. In short, we know how to investigate and litigate oil explosion cases successfully.

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When you call Arnold & Itkin LLP about an accident on an offshore oil rig or platform, you will benefit from our insight and caring legal representation. We have a proven record of success in handling these cases. In fact, we have won billions in settlements and verdicts, and we have earned a reputation for our commitment to client service and maximum compensation for every case. Our team has been involved in some of the most complex offshore injury cases over the years, and we have gained an intimate understanding of this area of the law.

Call today to schedule a free consultation with an oil rig explosion lawyer!

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    Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.

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    Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.

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    Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.

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    Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.

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    Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.

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