Texas Maritime Lawyers Challenge Transocean's Decision To Cut Injured Oil Rig Workers' Salaries

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Lawyers of Arnold & Itkin LLP, a Houston maritime accident law firm representing about 25 injured Transocean oil rig workers, say the company's move to slash the workers’ salaries will only add to the workers' suffering.

Houston maritime attorney Kurt Arnold

It's appalling that this company, which has already caused so much damage and suffering, would now take men who made $10,000 to $15,000 a month and cut their salaries to $25 a day. These workers don't deserve this type of treatment.

Houston maritime attorney Kurt Arnold says he is shocked that Transocean Ltd. will cease paying full salary and benefits to crew members who were injured in last April’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to news reports, the company said it will slash the salaries and benefits by Dec. 15, just six months after an explosion and fire aboard the oil rig killed 11 workers and triggered the enormous BP oil spill.

“It’s appalling that this company, which has already caused so much damage and suffering, would now take men who made $10,000 to $15,000 a month and cut their salaries to $25 a day,” says Arnold, a partner in the Houston maritime law firm of Arnold & Itkin LLP, which is representing about 25 of the injured Transocean workers. “These workers don’t deserve this type of treatment.”

Arnold says many of the injured oil rig workers have injuries that require surgery or lengthy rehabilitation, rendering them physically unable to return to work.

“Cutting their pay will only add to the suffering of these workers and their families,” Arnold says. “It doesn’t take too many months of missing your salary before you have trouble paying your bills.”

Transocean has not disclosed how many of its employees were among the 126 people who were aboard the rig when the April 20 explosion occurred. However, it is known that nine Transocean employees were among the 11 workers killed.

According to Jason Itkin, also a partner in Arnold & Itkin LLP, Transocean’s decision to cut the workers’ salaries is the latest example of the company saying one thing and doing another.

For instance, in May, Transocean’s president and CEO, Steven L. Newman, said in a released statement that the company’s “first commitment has always been and will continue to be the safety and well-being of our people.”

“Now they plan to cut their injured workers’ salaries to $25 a day?” Itkin asked. “In my opinion, that is not only hypocritical, but also cold hearted."

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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