Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a suit on behalf of a maritime worker who was involved in an accident that caused serious nerve damage to his arm. The lawsuit is being filed against the man's employer, Hercules Offshore. The incident occurred when the maritime worker was aiding drilling operations on a jackup rig and a co-worker knocked him down. The impact of the fall was so great that the man's elbow actually popped out of place. The suit has been filed and is currently pending in Harris County, Texas.
The plaintiff in this case is a Jones Act worker, which means that he is entitled to benefits such as maintenance and cure as well as unseaworthiness and others. In order for the man to be entitled to those benefits, our firm aimed to prove that the jackup rip was on navigable waters and that the worker was contributing to the operation of the vessel at the time the accident occurred. The man is claiming both negligence and gross negligence against Hercules Offshore.
The accident was allegedly caused by a number of factors, all of which constitute negligence on behalf of the employer/defendant. First of all, there was a failure to properly supervise the crew. It is also being claimed that the crew was not properly trained and the equipment on the vessel was not properly secured or maintained. The combination of these factors led to the accident that occurred, and resulted in the severe nerve damage in the shoulder of the worker. Arnold & Itkin is proud to fight for the rights of this man and all workers like him.