Houston Maritime Lawyer Reminds Offshore Workers to Apply for New Round of Relief Funds

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Kurt Arnold of the Houston maritime law firm of Arnold & Itkin LLP counsels individuals, businesses affected by oil rig disaster to seek help negotiating government regulations.

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Like many of the government mandates in the wake of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil rig failure, the regulations pertaining to BP’s relief fund can be complicated.

A maritime law attorney from Houston’s Arnold & Itkin LLP personal injury law firm today said that offshore workers in Louisiana and Texas should apply quickly to take advantage of recently re-designated BP Deepwater Horizon disaster relief funds.

An estimated 9,000 boat operators, shipyard workers who load supplies or repair equipment, workers who provide industrial chemicals or food for the rigs and diving and crew boat workers will be eligible for hardship grants of $3,000 to $30,000.

“Like many of the government mandates in the wake of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil rig failure, the regulations pertaining to BP’s relief fund can be complicated,” said Kurt Arnold, a founding partner of Arnold & Itkin LLP.

“Those who think they are affected should seek legal help from a firm familiar with this ongoing case, as well as maritime law in general,” Arnold said. “The ongoing impact of this disaster is wide-reaching and complex for individuals and businesses, and those hurt by it should make sure their rights are protected.”

Individuals who were working on May 6, 2010, in direct support of a deepwater drilling rig affected by the federal moratorium on drilling enacted after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster can file grant applications from March 15 to May 13, either online at http://www.RigReliefGrants.org or by calling (866) 577-8141.

The Gulf Coast Restoration & Protection Foundation is administering the $110 million fund, and says it expects to mail all award checks to approved applicants by June 15.

Many oil rig workers and other offshore workers injured in the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, along with businesses throughout the Gulf Coast region damaged by the impact of the oil spill, have called upon the attorneys of Arnold & Itkin LLP to assist them in resolving claims against Transocean and BP.

Eleven crew members were killed and several other workers suffered injuries on the evening of April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned, exploded and collapsed in 5,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The massive rig eventually sank to the ocean bottom. Millions of gallons of oil spewed into Gulf waters, closing commercial fishing waters for several weeks.

About Arnold & Itkin LLP

The maritime accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP, a personal injury law firm based in Houston, Texas, understand the complexities and legalities of maritime law and have a successful track record of verdicts and settlements in favor of maritime workers. The law firm provides legal guidance on all aspects of maritime law and the benefits offshore workers are entitled to under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the principle of maintenance and cure, or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Arnold & Itkin LLP handles maritime claims at port cities along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The firm can be contacted toll free at (866) 222-2606 or through its website.

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