On April 10, 2010 a life altering event took place for residents and business owners along the entirety of the Gulf Coast with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig.
Lives were lost on the oil rig; 4.9 million barrels of crude oil began pumping unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico, commercial fishermen lost vast chunks of their fishing grounds, tourism ground to a halt and coastal wildlife was damaged.
Residents along the Gulf Coast suffered both financial harm and personal injury to their long-term health due to the BP oil spill.
Injuries experienced by parties include;
- Shrimpers who were forced out of business during the initial months after the BP oil spill began. All shrimpers are again facing the fallout of the oil spill, with mutated shrimp being found in new scientific studies.
- Commercial Fishermen dealt with up to 4,200 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico being closed to their fishing operations at any given time both during and after the BP oil spill. Fishermen are also facing the long-term impact of the spill in decreased catches, and possible mutations in the native fish populations.
- Tourism and hospitality as an industry was at one time predicted to lose a minimum of $23 billion across the affected Gulf Coast region.This figure, as reported in the electronic version of the Tampa Bay Times, fails to take into account the long-lasting memory of the public and the ease by which a tourist can review BP oil spill information.
- Personal property owners were forced to deal with the clean-up of their own property, and any subsequent tar ball clean-up during the months after the BP oil spill was finally sealed.
If you believe that you were adversely affected by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, it is important that you seek legal assistance in securing the settlement you deserve. Handling a case without an attorney results in missed documents associated with the submission, auditing errors and the claim for compensation is typically denied.
I am a local Tampa attorney, with a stake in seeing my friends; my neighbors; fellow business owners and even members of my extended family get back on their feet. Allow me the opportunity to assist you in filing your claim for the BP oil spill.
Contact me today for a free consultation.