At Arnold & Itkin, we’ve seen our fair share of heinous negligence. We’ve heard stories about workers who were hurt or killed because their equipment wasn’t maintained when it should have been, when a five-dollar fix could have saved lives, or when the most basic skills would have prevented a tragic accident. The case we’re featuring today, unfortunately, involves some of the most tragic and negligence circumstances we’ve yet seen.
Our newest client is the surviving estate of an Offshore Installation Manager. The OIM, for those of you unfamiliar with the industry, is the “captain” of an oil drilling platform. They are the senior ranking officer and vital to the safety of the ship. However, like any crew member, they are employees of the oil company.
The OIM whose estate we represent suffered a heart attack while at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. His employer, Rowan, failed to evacuate him from the rig for several hours—for a medical problem where every second counts. He eventually died from the lack of medical attention. As an employee and human being, he deserved far more loyalty and care than this, much less as a 30-year company veteran.
He and his family were from Mississippi, but the case was filed in Harris County, Texas. Arnold & Itkin is looking forward to holding Rowan for their inaction that led to an innocent man’s death.