South Texas Maritime Lawyers
Our Offshore Injury Law Firm Has Won Billions in Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston & Nationwide
Our maritime workers are part of an old and proud Texan tradition. Our offshore industries, from oil drilling to shrimp fishing, fuel the onshore communities throughout Harris County and beyond. Thousands of families depend on the income their loved ones bring in through maritime work, which is why Arnold & Itkin continues to advocate for better working conditions for offshore workers.
Despite being a long and proud tradition, maritime work is also incredibly dangerous. Offshore drilling and commercial fishing regularly rank near the top of "Most Dangerous Industries" lists, with more accidents and fatalities than even the riskiest mainland industries. That's why our South Texas maritime attorneys believe in holding offshore employers accountable for accidents—to make sure vessels, rigs, harbors, and piers are made as safe as possible for employees.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident while working on a vessel, on a rig, or at a dock, call our offshore accident lawyers to learn what you can do next: (888) 493-1629.
The Offshore Injuries & Accidents Workers Face
Offshore work is so dangerous that the oldest law in maritime history is the principle of "maintenance and cure," which presumes that injuries occur on vessels. Maintenance and cure, put simply, is the legal obligation of a shipowner or captain to provide injured seamen with the money needed for their medical care and basic living expenses.
Our clients all came to us after suffering accidents and injuries like:
- Diving accidents
- Crane failures
- Vessel collisions
- Slips and falls
- Dangerous equipment
- Explosions and fires
- Lift accidents
- Post-traumatic stress
Offshore companies have access to more safety technology than ever, but workers are being asked to do riskier work in response. More to the point, offshore companies are not spending the money to keep their employees safe. Many of these companies are willing to bear the cost of fines (which are relatively small and rare besides) rather than spend money fixing outdated equipment or comply with new safety guidelines.
Our South Texas maritime attorneys know that the best way to make companies behave is to hold them accountable for poor safety practices. When injured workers file claims against manufacturers, owners, or employers, they help change the equation—forcing companies to pay for safety rather than pay for another verdict or settlement. As a result, injured seamen and crew get the money they need to move forward.
South Texas Oil Rig Accident Attorneys
Arnold & Itkin has helped hundreds of oil rig workers get verdicts and settlements to pay for their medical care, provide for their families, and help them recover. Among all offshore industries, offshore drilling is by far the most dangerous, with a fatality rate 7x higher than the U.S. average. If there's an industry that needs to be held accountable for the way it treats its workers, it's the drilling industry.
Arnold & Itkin In the News: "Baywater Drilling Employee Sues Company After Being Told to Lift 300 Pounds"
Our South Texas oil rig injury lawyers helped make history when we represented one-third of the crew of the Deepwater Horizon following the tragic 2010 explosion. We were honored to represent the good men and women who were injured by corporate negligence, and we were happy to help them get the financial and medical support they needed to move forward.
Jones Act Lawyers in South Texas
While maritime law is largely based on centuries of precedent and case law, the United States has passed 4 statutes that form the framework of offshore workers' rights. These four laws are all vital to the life of a maritime employee after an accident, but the most potent one is the Jones Act—a law which serves as a type of "workers' compensation" for seamen.
Click on any of the below laws to learn how they affect your case:
- Jones Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Limitation of Liability Act
- Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act
The Jones Act stipulates that when a seaman is injured by negligence, they're entitled to recover a wide range of losses: lost wages, diminished earning ability, mental anguish, pain and suffering, living expenses, and medical care. Our South Texas Jones Act attorneys have filed hundreds of these claims to benefit injured workers, helping them recover every penny their injuries deserve.
Offshore Injury FAQ
If I’ve Been Hurt Offshore, What Should I Do?
If you’ve been hurt offshore, then the company you work for or were contracted with are already mobilizing to limit your options and create legal cover for themselves. That might include asking you to sign a waiver or contract before you’ve had a chance to speak with an attorney or even see a doctor.
After your accident, the best thing you can do is call an attorney to represent you in any conversations with the company or their attorneys. Getting representation will put you on an even playing field with the company and their army of insurers, litigators, and investigators.
What Is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)?
After an accident, you’ll reach a point at which your physical recovery reaches its peak. For instance, if you suffered a spine injury, there is a point at which your paralysis or mobility will no longer improve. That moment is when you’ve reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), and your permanent injuries will become clear. MMI is relevant to both your case and to your company’s insurer, as MMI determines how much financial compensation you’re entitled to for your lifelong injuries.
Will Talking to a Lawyer Get Me in Trouble?
First of all, no one will know you spoke to a lawyer unless you tell them. Legal consultations are 100% confidential. Additionally, you have the right to speak to an attorney if you’ve been injured as a result of an offshore accident. If your company or a company representative is urging you to avoid speaking with an attorney, it’s a sure sign that you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Call (888) 493-1629 to Get Started
Arnold & Itkin wants to help you survive your recovery without debt, without stress, and without your family needing to pay the price for your company's negligence. Our work has secured billions of dollars for injured people, helping them afford current and future medical care, replace their income, and put food on the table. What we want is simple: for offshore workers to have an ally when they're being taken advantage of.
Here's how you can get started: call us at (888) 493-1629 or contact us online. We'll schedule a time for you to meet with a maritime lawyer (for free) to review your options together. If we can help you, we'll cover the cost of your case from beginning to end—no bill, no upfront payment of any kind. Our fee, the filing costs, and potentially even your basic living expenses will all be advanced to your verdict or settlement. Arnold & Itkin absorbs the risk of your case, so if you don't win, you still owe us nothing.
Every record-breaking case we filed began with a free consultation. Dial (888) 493-1629 or use the short form below to learn if we can help you.