Houston Maritime Lawyer Calls for Inspection of Oil Rig Blowout Preventers Throughout Gulf of Mexico

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Jason Itkin of Arnold & Itkin LLP says the oil industry should prove its claim that the devices are safe, effective and won’t expose offshore workers to the risk of workplace accident, injury or death.

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Houston maritime lawyer Jason Itkin

An orderly and thorough inspection of every blowout preventer that is currently in use in the Gulf and elsewhere is obviously the next move in light of the engineers’ report to the federal government.

Houston maritime injury attorney Jason Itkin today called for inspections of blowout preventers on oil rigs throughout American waters in light of a finding that such a device malfunctioned prior to the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last spring.

The final report by engineers examining the Deepwater Horizon rig’s blowout preventer for the U.S. Department of the Interior says that a pipe dislodged and blocked portions of the blowout preventer from closing properly. Eleven people were killed in the resulting explosion, and millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf and shut down commercial fishing for months.

“An orderly and thorough inspection of every blowout preventer that is currently in use in the Gulf and elsewhere is obviously the next move in light of the engineers’ report to the federal government,” said Itkin, founding partner of Arnold & Itkin LLP, a Houston maritime law and personal injury law firm that has been deeply involved with the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster.

“The expense of the inspections cannot be weighed against the protection of lives, the environment and the oil industry itself,” Itkin said.

The Texas maritime lawyers of Arnold & Itkin LLP are working to protect the rights of many Transocean offshore workers and Gulf Coast businesses seeking redress for injuries caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

Itkin and law firm partner Kurt Arnold are acknowledged experts in the Jones Act and other maritime law. They have shared their insights about the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster with national and local media, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” the Houston Chronicle and Houston’s ABC television affiliate.

“The time is now to move forward and protect the thousands of workers who put their lives on the line in the Gulf and other American waters every day to ensure this country’s energy needs are supplied,” said Arnold, an experienced maritime accident attorney.

“The industry has claimed its blowout preventers are effective; we say do the inspections,” Arnold said. “We’ll happily hear the industry say ‘we told you so’ when we’re shown that our country’s oil rigs are as safe as they can possibly be.”

About Arnold & Itkin LLP

The maritime injury 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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