After an oil rig explodes, the companies at fault immediately go on the attack. They blame others, deny liability, and often leave workers with little to no compensation to recover from their injuries. When oil companies try to shift blame, deny responsibility, and unleash their armies of attorneys to defend their negligence, we draw a line in the sand. We’ve won more than $10 billion for clients by standing up to companies like Exxon-Mobil, BP, and Transocean when their negligence caused serious harm. We go all-in where other firms might give up, and our results speak for themselves. When companies see we're on the other side, they know they have a fight on their hands.
We've Been There for Those Hurt by the Nation's Largest Maritime Disasters
With volatile substances and heavy machinery, working on an oil rig has its risks. When the perfect sequence of events triggers an oil explosion, workers and their families' lives are changed forever. After an explosion, oil companies push the same narrative: oil rig work is dangerous, they value safety, and they did all they could to prevent the accident. At Arnold & Itkin, we’ve learned time and time again that this isn’t the truth. The truth is this: oil rig explosions are always the result of negligence.
Just because oil rig work can be dangerous doesn’t mean it’s acceptable when workers are seriously injured or killed. If you or someone you love has been hurt, our team is ready to help. When the crew of the Deepwater Horizon needed help after the worst oil rig accident in American history, they called us.
We have won billions for our clients in our years of practice. Our resources, work ethic, and record of victories against the world’s biggest companies make us the team you can trust, no matter what.
We know what it takes to fight large oil companies. While they have endless resources, we have an endless dedication to making things right for our clients. When they try to threaten your livelihood, intimidate you with lawyers, or sign away your rights after an accident, we’ll be there to tell them it isn’t acceptable. Over one-third of the Deepwater Horizon crew trusted us with their recovery, and we made sure they were treated right. Now, we’re here to help you win.
- $29 Million The Largest Known Settlement for a Wrongful Death Offshore
- $14 Million Jones Act Settlement Reached Two Days Before Trial
- $11.5 Million Settlement Won for Injured Victim of Offshore Accident
- $8.9 Million Settlement Achieved for Severely Injured Seaman
- $8 Million Massive Settlement Reached Before Trial Began
- $7.2 Million Millions Won for Brain-Injured Client in Louisiana
- $7.1 Million Concussed Worker Received a Massive Settlement after Accident
- $6.9 Million Settlement Obtained for Family of Deceased Offshore Worker
- $6.6 Million Settlement Obtained for Wife & Family of Deceased Offshore Worker
- $6.5 Million Settlement Secured for Injured Crew Member on Barge
We’ve consistently received the legal industry’s highest honors. We’re proud of these accolades and deeply grateful to the clients who put their trust in us.
"Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard." Kurt Arnold Founding Partner Meet Kurt
"People call me when something terrible has happened and they need help. My commitment is to get them that help so that they can rebuild their lives. I understand the stakes are high for my clients. It is personal to my clients, so it is personal to me. We have to win." Jason Itkin Founding Partner Meet Jason
Our team will never be
outworked, no matter what.
When we take a person’s case, it means that we’re completely dedicated to getting the results they need. We’re a team that never stops because we know our work can change lives for the better. Because we care, we live for the fight. This means we won’t allow our clients to be mistreated with offensive lowball settlement offers. If a company isn’t being fair, we won’t hesitate to take the fight to a courtroom. As experienced trial lawyers, our involvement shows the other side that their usual tactics won’t work.
When the Deepwater Horizon was burning on national television, eventually sinking to the ocean floor, more than one-third of the incident’s survivors turned to us. Our experience with oil rig explosions and maritime law means that people turn to us when serious accidents are making headlines. Our track record of significant results means we’re prepared for every type of case, no matter how high-profile it is.
What Is the Jones Act?The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is commonly referred to as the Jones Act. Among other things, it provides protections to offshore workers if they sustain injuries caused by negligence. Before the Jones Act, offshore workers had limited options for recovery after an offshore accident. Now, a person can seek compensation for all damages if their accident was caused by the reckless behavior of another party.
What Can I Recover After an Oil Rig Explosion?Injured workers can pursue negligent parties for a variety of losses after an accident. Common damages workers can seek compensation for include lost wages, medical bills, the cost of future care, and more. Since every person’s situation is different, speaking with our firm can help you discover how much your case might be worth.
Should I Accept My Company’s Settlement Offer?In a perfect world, companies would do the right thing after an accident injures workers. When a company offers a settlement shortly after an accident, it might seem like they’re choosing to do the right thing. However, initial settlement offers are usually low, designed to get the company off the hook legally, and don’t account for the full extent of a person’s damages. Speaking with our oil rig explosion lawyers will help you decide if you should accept a settlement offer.
When Should I Call an Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer?As soon as possible. While your employer might send you to their doctors after an explosion, remember that they work in the interest of the company and may downplay your injuries. In extreme cases, they might even attempt to limit your medical care and encourage to have you waive your right to file a lawsuit. Our team is standing by to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. We can fight to protect your interests and get you the medical care that you deserve.
What Causes Oil Rig Explosions?While companies might try to blame oil rig explosions on bad luck or workers, the fault is usually on them. Explosions happen because of relaxed safety standards, inadequate maintenance, and a company’s desire to save money by cutting corners. No worker should be forced to take the blame of an oil rig explosion caused by their employer. Rather, they might be entitled to compensation for damages caused by the accident.