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Maritime Attorneys

Fighting for Injured Seamen, Dockworkers & Rig Crews in South Texas

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:

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are willing to bear the cost of fines (which are relatively small and rare besides) rather than spend money fixing outdated equipment or comply with new safety guidelines.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:

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

South Texas Maritime Lawyers from Arnold & Itkin LLP.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.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
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