Nearly $450,000 Verdict for Injured Shrimp Boat Worker

After just four days of trial in Matagorda County, Arnold & Itkin attorneys were able to successfully advocate for damages on behalf of their client, an injured seaman who worked on a shrimp boat. The client had been working as a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico when he sustained a serious back injury on the job. His employer, one of the country's largest privately owned shrimp fleet operators, had initially denied his claim for maintenance and cure. In trial, the defendant attempted to claim the plaintiff had never worked for them. However, Arnold & Itkin successfully demonstrated their client had indeed worked for the defendant and had sustained a serious injury while working on the defendant's vessel.

After showing that the plaintiff had been an employee of the defendant and sustained an injury on the job, the attorneys then argued that the defendant had acted willfully or arbitrarily in its initial denial of their client's claim only after learning of the extent of his injuries. This made the plaintiff eligible to receive damages and the court issued a verdict compelling the defendant to pay damages of almost $450,000 to the plaintiff. Arnold & Itkin was proud to help this seaman obtain the compensation he was owed.

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