July 2008: Attorney Carl Beckstedt Wins Defense Verdict in the First Virgin Islands Personal Injury Arbitration. In 2008, Carl Beckstedt tried the first known Virgin Islands personal injury claim to an arbitrator pursuant to his client’s recently implemented company-wide alternate dispute resolution program. The award was returned for the defense denying all claims. The matter involved a Claimant who alleged permanent injuries as a result of negligent housekeeping by a premises owner during new construction of a refinery process unit. Liability issues involved premises liability, control over the work of an independent contractor and OSHA regulations. Damage issues involved permanent physical and psychological injury as well as economic damages including lost future earning capacity.