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 in this tragic accident and we continue to protect the victims of all who suffer injury or death because of an oil rig explosion.
"My thoughts are that I have the best. I knew I was going to win because I had them on my side. Because I had the best lawyers, that was it. That’s what I felt in my heart. They were the best, and I hired the best—and they provided for the best. They looked out for me, number one."- Russell P.
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Injury lawsuits have been given a poor reputation in past years, but the fact is that workers have no other way of getting the support they need when they've suffered a life-altering injury. Injury claims are not frivolous, "cash-grabbing," or greedy. They're filed by real people with dire problems—and our job is to make sure those people have what they need to survive and move forward.
Oil rig explosion claims are complex in execution, but simple in concept. You need three things to prove a need for compensation. The first two are easy: you need to prove that you were injured, and you need to prove that your injuries caused you significant losses. Medical documentation and bills provide proof here, but photos and testimony help paint a picture of injuries as well.
The last proof is the most crucial and difficult to build: you need to prove your injury was caused by the negligence of a co-worker on the rig, a supervisor, or the rig manager. Proof of negligence could include inadequate training, lack of maintenance, or lack of safety equipment, to name a few.
What causes an oil rig explosion?
The most common causes of oil rig explosions are fires, blowouts, equipment failures, and employer/employee negligence. Sometimes platform explosions are caused by multiple factors—for example, the Deepwater Horizon disaster was caused by a blowout preventer failure, which was a combination of mechanical failure and employer negligence.
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 in order 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 hundreds of millions of dollars for the injured. In short, we know how to successfully investigate and litigate oil explosion cases.
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. We have 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.
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