Rather than take its chances in court, Helix Energy settled a wrongful death case Monday, March 21. The company was set to go to trial that same day.

On behalf of the late Silas Robinson, Kelly Robinson filed a Jones Act suit against Helix Energy Solutions on Aug. 28, 2009, claiming the company's pipe-laying barge was not seaworthy and the company was responsible for Silas' death.

Silas was crushed to death on Dec. 23, 2008, when pipes broke free from Helix's barge and fell on him, court papers show.

The settlement amount was not disclosed.

Kelly Robinson was suing for loss of consortium and companionship, plus Silas Robinson's funeral expenses and loss of income.

Attorney Cory Itkin of the Arnold & Itkin law firm in Houston represents Robinson.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. D184-801

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