Attorney Kurt Arnold
Successful results and an unwillingness to fail are only some of the many accolades that can be attributed to Attorney Kurt Arnold. The majority of Kurt's child and adulthood has been spent in Texas, growing up in the state and continuing his Texas residency for undergrad and grad school. The successes that Kurt has exhibited in and out of the courtroom is a reflection of the similar success he achieved in school, where he obtained high honors upon graduating early (at the young age of 19) with a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas. He continued these achievements in his graduate studies at The University of Texas Law School where he graduated only three years later. The Dean's Achievement Awards in Evidence and Professional Responsibility as well as Business Associations were among the rewards of Kurt's hard work in grad school. Perhaps the most rewarding of his work was his induction into the Order of the Coif – a membership only given to the top ten percent of a class.
After successfully completing his time in school, Kurt continued on in the field of law as an intern at the Texas Supreme Court and an eager employee of the Governor of Texas. Fresh out of grad school, the up-and-coming superstar lawyer was easily able to adapt his skills to any industry work that needed help. As such, he quickly gained experience as a law clerk for one of the federal judges in the Southern District of Texas – a position that later helped him co-found Arnold & Itkin.
Meet Kurt Arnold
Peer-rated as a "Rising Star" seven years and counting (2005-2006, 2009-2013), Kurt's awards speak for themselves. A man named as one of the "Top Lawyers for the People" by H Texas Magazines in 2005 and one of Houston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2011 there is truly no question as to his extraordinary legal capabilities. He is also a member of both the Million and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
In the last five years alone, Kurt has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for injury victims throughout the nation. He has tried his fair share of cases in front of courtroom judges, and he has successfully achieved positive outcomes for a number of his clients.
Kurt Arnold's Results
Below you will find a list detailing some of Kurt's personal successes in the field. It is important to keep in mind that the success of any case is subject to a number of specific circumstances, only some of which can be attributed to the attorney on the case. Therefore, despite Kurt's record for success there is no guarantee that one person's trial achievements will be the same as another. At Arnold & Itkin LLP we do everything in our power to ensure that your case ends desirably, but we cannot offer any guarantees. How much you walk away with will be determined by the amount settled upon as well as any medical liens or third party claims that need to be accounted for. For further insight into the types of cases that Kurt has triumphantly handled, please read more about the cases listed below:
Arnold & Itkin Bring in $500 Million in Only Three Years
At Arnold & Itkin, the client comes first. By using this motto, the firm has been able to care for more clients than most others, and achieve a significant amount of settlement and verdict money for those who deserved it. If you have been harmed in any sort of accident, then you can contact the firm today to ask for their assistance. After recovering more than $500 million in the past three years, Arnold & Itkin is proud to say that their results speak for themselves. The firm is excited to see what they can accomplish in the years ahead as they seek towards even better and bigger results in the future.
In 2011, Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Secured $250 Million
2011 was a successful year for Arnold & Itkin as they were able to fight successfully on behalf of their clients. $250 million was restored to clients in both out-of-court as well as courthouse negotiations. It is this kind of relentless dedication and reliable legal assistance that makes the firm so successful. They are on the client's side, and will fight to see those same standards met and goals accomplished in 2012.
Ambulance Accident Victim Wins $117 Million
Arnold & Itkin LLP took on the case of a woman who was injured back in 2010. The woman was pregnant at the time and started experiencing severe stomach pains. The woman called an ambulance to take her to the emergency room. Acadian Ambulance showed up shortly after to transport her. Little did the woman know that the driver of her ambulance had a poor driving record as well as bad eye sight. On their way to the hospital, the driver dropped his RSI device on the ground and proceeded to pick it up. He took his eyes completely off of the road to grab it and while he was doing so, drove directly into the back of a sugar cane truck. The woman's spine was severed in the accident and also suffered severe brain trauma. She will never be able to fully recover and is bound to a wheel chair for the remainder of her life.
At the time the verdict was reached, the woman had already been forced to pay medical bills over $1.4 million. Over the course of the woman's future, this would total to about $30 million. Also a tragic component to the accident, the woman's unborn child was born prematurely. Although she was delivered healthy, doctors are concerned that she may suffer health side effects as a result of the premature birth. Since the mother has no capacity to care for her daughter or the daughter that she had prior to the accident, they both have to live with their grandmother. The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin petitioned that the victim as well as her two daughters deserved compensation for this gross act of negligence. When the verdict was reached, she was awarded $117 million.
$100 Million Recovered in 2009 by Arnold & Itkin
Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that in 2009 they secured more than $100 million for their clients. Their attorneys work hard to ensure that justice is served and their clients get what they deserve. They vigorously fight on their behalf and seek tirelessly to obtain a positive outcome. The legal team of Arnold & Itkin was successful in verdicts and settlements for 2009 and is confident they will maintain the same success in the years to come.
Wronged Client Receives $38 Million in Verdict
Richard Foreman, a Houston investor, was aiming to acquire one of Hawaii's biggest lumber suppliers, Honsador Lumber Corporation, when that plan was intentionally interfered with by Key Principal Partners LLC and its parent company Key Corporation. A jury found them guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties and interfering as well as violating Hawaii's unfair competition statute. A $38.2 million verdict was won on behalf of Foreman. To read more about this trial, refer to the Houston Business Journal.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $11,906,014.00.
Jones Act Seaman Case Settles for $14 Million Before Trial
A seaman sustained serious head injuries after being struck on the head by a three-foot pipe. The incident took place in Lake Washington, Louisiana on the inland barge Hercules 15. The pipe had been tack welded to the derrick but was not removed again before drilling operations resumed. The pipe was jarred loose at which point it hit the Plaintiff on the head. The case was filed in the Galveston County Court in March of 2008, and although the trial was scheduled for February 2, 2009, the entire case settled for $14 million just two days prior.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $6,024,236.00.
Arnold & Itkin Obtain $11.5 for Injured Offshore Worker
Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin took on the case of an injured offshore worker who sustained both physical and psychological injuries. They successfully represented him and obtained an $11.5 million settlement on his behalf. The money is going toward his injuries and continued care.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,795,000.00.
Union Pacific Held Responsible for $10.9 Million
Arnold & Itkin LLP lawyers Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin won a verdict on behalf of a Louisiana family who suffered a tragic loss. The mother of four was killed and five-year-old daughter paralyzed after a crossing accident that plaintiffs stated would never have happened if the proper warning devices had been installed. The crossing was only protected by street signs at the time of the accident. Over the previous seven years, four injuries and two deaths occurred at the same crossing due to the same cause. The jury found the crossing to be hazardous and Judge Sanderson ruled that Union Pacific should have had the crossing better protected.
Arnold & Itkin Attorney Wins $9.6 Million Verdict
This Houston, Texas case involved a worker who underwent severe injuries which resulted in the loss of the majority of sight in one eye. It only took the jury a day and a half to deliberate and find that the defendant was liable for the designing of faulty equipment which led to the injury. The attorneys of Arnold & Itkin were able to restore $9.6 million to their client.
Arnold & Itkin Team Secures $9,000,000 for Landowners
A settlement, valued at over $9 million, was reached on behalf of Louisiana landowners. Kurt Arnold was able to represent these men and women who brought suit against big oil companies bent on cleaning up their property. The land in question had been in these landowners' families for generations and the plaintiffs were concerned about contamination by oilfield operations. Arnold & Itkin attorneys were able to contact experts in the industry who determined the level of contamination that oil companies usually leave behind and they found it was typical for oil companies to refrain from cleaning up or remove their equipment after their operations were over. The lawsuit ended in a large settlement for the families of the landowners as well as full restoration of their properties by the oil companies.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,668,864.00.
$7.2 Million Recovered by Arnold & Itkin LLP
A Louisiana oilfield worker suffered serious injuries, sustaining brain damage and memory loss, after falling off an offshore platform. The case dealt with complex legal issues regarding the number of defendants, volume of records, and the nature of the injuries themselves. The case went to trial in October of 2006 and was settled for $7.2 million. Out of that amount, more than $4 million went directly to the client while around $2.5 million was reserved for the net recovery which was invested in a fund for any of the client's future needs.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,193,002.00.
Injured Offshore Worker Gets $7.1 Million with Help of Arnold & Itkin
Arnold & Itkin attorneys took on the case of an offshore worker who sustained hernia and concussion injuries while performing his job duties. A settlement of $7.1 million was able to be obtained on his behalf because of the successful representation of Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,439,943.68.
Arnold & Itkin LLP Win $5.9 Million in Wrongful Death Case
Kurt Arnold of Arnold & Itkin took on a widow and her family as a client after her husband was killed in Southeast Texas because of a workplace accident. The employees of the Defendant dropped numerous pipes on the man crushing him. He was not able to recover from the injuries and weeks later, he died. The case was pushed to arbitration because of an arbitration clause in the employment agreement of the deceased. Just a few short weeks after arbitration, the case was able to be resolved. Although the amount was confidential, it was more than twelve times what the special damages in the case were.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,460,000.67.
$4.9 Million Won for Injured Driller
Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Paul Skrabanek secured a $4.9 million jury verdict in a trial that lasted just a week and a half. Judge Wilson of the 157th District Court for Harris County Texas was presiding. The 30-year-old driller was injured while working for Diamond Offshore off the coast of Brazil. His injuries were to his left arm and back and occurred when he was accidentally hoisted more than 20 feet in the air when his fall protection equipment failed. The legal team at Arnold & Itkin was able to successfully help their client receive the necessary medical treatment, compensation, and justice that was due.
Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek Win $4.8 Million for Bereaved Daughter
While working at Van Dyke's seafood processing facility in Port Arthur, Texas, a man lost his life because of negligence. The now deceased suffered a serious blow to the head, at which point Van Dyke personnel told him to lie down in a break room for seven hours, despite his complaints of a severe headache and bleeding from the mouth. The deceased's daughter, Sidnitra Bias, sought the help of Arnold & Itkin attorneys who were able to convince the jury unanimously that the case was a wrongful death and $4.8 million should be given to the daughter.
Arnold & Itkin LLP Help Plant Explosion Victim Recover a $4,000,000 Settlement
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley with Arnold & Itkin were pursued out by a victim of a Texas refinery plant explosion after not receiving the workers' compensation benefits he deserved. This Mississippi man received severe injuries that required surgery to fix both his broken arm as well as his herniated disk in his lower back. The case was filed in Houston, Texas and the team at Arnold & Itkin was able to help him receive the monetary repayment of $4,000,000 for his injuries.
$2.4 Million Won for Burned Refinery Worker
Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek were able to secure a verdict for $2.4 million on behalf of their client who was a victim of a workplace injury in which he received third degree burns on 20% of his body. The claim was against an engineering company for designing the equipment inadequately which, Arnold & Itkin argued, was the cause of their client's injuries. Paul Skrabanek was able to take three out of seven witnesses at trial as well as getting a defense expert caught on voir dire.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $641,435.08.
$1,050,000 Recovered for Injured Industrial Worker
Arnold & Itkin represented an industrial worker who had suffered herniated discs after being victimized in a crane collapse. The accident caused the cab of the crawler crane to shear away from the base – ejecting the plaintiff. Workers' compensation insurance refused to cover the injury claim and would not pay for the associated medical bills. The firm worked to help the client through the pendency of the lawsuit and was able to establish liability and circumvent the workers' compensation bar – resulting in a partial settlement of $1,050,000 for the plaintiff.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $570,446.00.