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"We put our resources into our cases because we know maritime law. In fact, we’ve probably handled more maritime cases in the past 10 years than maybe any firm in the country. We have the expertise."

- Kurt Arnold
The National Leader in

Offshore Injury Cases

Arnold & Itkin has made a name for ourselves in a variety of practice areas. For instance, as product liability lawyers our work has helped initiate a nationwide recall of a dangerous product. As car accident attorneys, we obtained the largest single-plaintiff verdict in Louisiana history. Even as business attorneys, we secured the largest commercial litigation verdict in Hawaii history for the sake of a client who was cheated out of his business. However, as natives to the Gulf region, we have always been committed to the health and well-being of our offshore workers.

That's why we've become the leading firm in maritime law.

Offshore employment is some of the most dangerous work in any industry today. The Centers for Disease Control revealed in a study that offshore workers are 7 times more likely to die on the job than the average U.S. worker. Entire laws have been written to protect seamen and their families in the event of death or severe injury—that’s how commonplace it is. With increased drilling in the future, employment on oil rigs, large vessels, and other at-sea work sites will increase as well.

That’s reason for both celebration and concern. Our firm celebrates the growth of the Gulf economy, and many of our clients found offshore work exhilarating and rewarding. At the same time, employers and companies are far too willing to risk their workers’ lives for the sake of short-term profit. We believe in taking care of our people—both our staff and our clients. That’s the best way to take care of each other, and we continue to do that by representing injured workers against the oil companies and vessel owners who needlessly endangered their lives and livelihoods.

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  • “What sets Arnold & Itkin apart is the way they treat you. It is just the respect they show you—the care.”
  • “I really feel like Arnold & Itkin brought justice to my family. Not only my family, but many other families. It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked.”
  • “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.”
  • “My future looks very bright through Arnold & Itkin. I can honestly tell you that my family is well taken care of, our worrying is over. Everything is just fine now.”
  • “They just have a lot of integrity. They did what they said they were going to do—things didn’t work one way, they would find a way to make things work.”
  • “They genuinely care. Their goal is to get what is just due to their clients, to provide that better quality of life that is due to them.”
  • “They took care of me. They took care of everything that I needed to be handled; financially, mentally, and physically—they were there for me.”

Maritime Law

Case Results
  • $29 Million

    Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin successfully secured a record settlement for a single family who tragically lost a loved one. It is the largest known settlement for a death that occurred offshore. While a settlement is not an admittance of responsibility, our firm was pleased that the company was willing to provide fair compensation to the family of their employee without a fight.

  • $14 Million

    Arnold & Itkin represented a seaman after he suffered a head injury on the Hercules 15 inland barge. Hercules employees tack welded a three foot pipe to the derrick and then forgot to remove it before starting drilling operations. The pipe was jarred loose and hit Plaintiff in the head, causing severe injury. We presented his case under the Jones Act against Hercules, who chose to settle just before trial.

  • $11.5 Million

    Arnold & Itkin obtained a settlement of $11.5 million on behalf of an offshore accident victim suffering from both physical and psychological injuries. His settlement will ensure that our client gets all the time, financial support, and stability he needs to fully recover and get back on his feet.

  • $10 Million

    Arnold & Itkin is proud to have aggressively pursued compensation for our client before the trial even began. Our pretrial preparation resulted in nearly two dozen depositions before the defendant chose to resolve the cast for $10 million.

  • $8.9 Million

    Arnold & Itkin helped secure a settlement on behalf of a seaman who injured his head when working aboard an offshore drilling vessel. Our firm helped to recover $8.9 million on his behalf.

  • $8 Million

    Our firm represented an offshore worker (a steward) who seriously injured his back in an accident. The injury prevented him from making a living. While other lawyers told him his case was only worth a few hundred thousand dollars, our attorneys knew better. Due to intense negotiations by the firm, Arnold & Itkin was able to obtain a settlement for $8 million from his employers.

  • $7.2 Million

    Arnold & Itkin recovered more than $7 million in a settlement for a severely injured Louisiana client. Our client suffered brain injury and memory issues while working on an offshore platform. The defendant settled his case during jury selection, and our client now has the money he needs to receive quality medical care for the rest of his life.

  • $7.1 Million

    Arnold & Itkin represented an offshore worker with a concussion and a herniated disk from an accident on the job. These injuries inhibited our client’s ability to make a living, requiring him to pursue a claim. His employers eventually resolved the case by settling for $7.1 million.

  • $6.9 Million

    Arnold & Itkin negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement for the family of a man who died offshore. Though the defendant attempted to get away with an extremely low offer, our team obtained a settlement that was many times larger.

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"While they’re worrying about getting better, my job is to focus on getting the facts, to find out what happened—the truth, not necessarily just what the company is telling them."
-Attorney Jason Itkin