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Have You Been Injured in an Oil Platform Fire or Explosion?

For an oil rig worker, an explosion is the most dangerous maritime accident. 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.

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 the 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 and won. We have won 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.

Why Should You Contact Us?

Benefits of Working With Our Team

  • Billions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • 100s of Cases Won in Excess of $1 Million
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What Sets Our Legal Team Apart

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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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Common Causes of Serious Explosions

How Oil Platform Explosions Happen

The various causes of an explosion or fire are innumerable. Workers are required to operate or work near heavy machinery and combustible substances. Rough seas and weather can make the environment unpredictable. 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
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Common Questions

Have questions about your oil rig explosion lawsuit? Our firm is here to help you. Call (888) 493-1629 today.

  • 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.

Call an Experienced Oil Rig Explosion Attorney

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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. Our team of experienced oil rig explosion lawyers has 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!

Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $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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