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Common Questions: Transocean Lawsuits & Lump Sum Settlements

Q: I received a letter from Transocean regarding an offer of a lump sum equal to six months’ pay for the Deepwater Horizon crew in exchange for signing a release. If I take the money, can I still join a lawsuit later?

A: Transocean is offering the lump sum payments to limit its legal liability and reduce the number of lawsuits the company will have to face. Transocean recognizes that it will likely have to pay much larger sums to the Deepwater Horizon crew who hire a lawyer and go to court. So the company is offering a lump sum, knowing some workers will take the money and sign a release, agreeing not to file a lawsuit related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire. Signing that release could block any other legal action, including a lawsuit, against the company. That’s why it’s important for the Deepwater Horizon crew to consult an experienced maritime accident lawyer to understand their legal options before signing any settlement offer and release. After speaking with a maritime lawyer, you can still decide to accept a settlement offer if you wish, but you will make a better informed decision.

If you suffered a financial loss or injury due to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, the experienced Jones Act and maritime accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP will discuss your legal options FREE of charge. Contact a experienced Deepwater Horizon accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP toll free at 877-632-8003 or use our online contact form. We will answer your questions and offer a candid evaluation of your claim, all as part of a free consultation.

Q: As a member of the Deepwater Horizon crew, I am receiving maintenance and cure benefits from Transocean. If I file a lawsuit, will I jeopardize those benefits?

A: Employers such as Transocean Ltd., are required by maritime law to pay medical bills and living expenses for crew who are injured while employed by a vessel such as the Deepwater Horizon until they are fit for duty again. Maintenance and cure benefits are a legal obligation that courts have repeatedly upheld and even expanded over time. Transocean and Deepwater Horizon crew who decide to file a legal claim for injury or harm are still legally entitled to the benefits of maintenance and cure. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we’ll discuss your potential claim and rights under maintenance and cure at no charge.

If you suffered a financial loss or injury due to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, the experienced Jones Act and maritime accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP stand ready to help. Contact a experienced Deepwater Horizon accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP toll free at 877-632-8003 or use our online contact form. We will answer your questions and offer a candid evaluation of your claim, all as part of a free consultation.

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