Gulf Oil Spill Claims
Consulting with a Gulf Oil Spill Attorney will help make sure that you are fully compensated for any damages that you or your business have suffered as a result of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
On April 20, 2010 one of the greatest environmental disasters in U.S. History occurred when an oil rig operated by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the Blow Out Preventer Failed and oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for over three months. As a result of this disaster, many individuals and businesses have suffered huge losses. If you have suffered personal injuries or economic losses as a result of the Gulf Oil Spill, you should, at a minimum, consult with a lawyer about your claim.
Most individuals and businesses would be well served by hiring an attorney to represent them in their Gulf Oil Spill Claims. BP is making Interim Payments now through the Gulf Coast Claims Facility for past lost earnings and past lost profits. However, the documentation requirements are rigorous, the rules are complicated (and change quite often), and frankly, those running the GCCF are not independent of BP and it is their goal to pay out as little as possible to you. If you or your business has been impacted as a result of the Gulf Oil Spill, you should speak to an attorney right away.
Gulf Oil Spill Claims are complicated and there are numerous deadlines that need to be complied with. A lawyer will help make sure that your claim is properly submitted and also will make sure that you comply with all of the necessary deadlines. For example, there is an April 20, 2011 deadline to file a “Short Form” with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. This deadline needs to be met in order to participate (Be a plaintiff) in the February 2012 Limitations Trial Against Transocean. A lawyer can help you complete this form and make sure it is timely filed for you. .
The types of claims that are likely compensable under the Oil Pollution Act and other legal causes of action include, but are not necessarily limited to:
-Damages and lost earnings to fishermen, oystermen, and marinas and waterfront businesses
-Damages to oysterbeds and lease holders
-Decreased value to real estate and real property
-Damage and destruction to real and personal property
-Fear of Future Injury/medical monitoring
-Lost profits to businesses including businesses in the tourism industry (hotels, etc.)
-Loss of subsistence claims (if you used to fish and eat the fish or feed it to your family, you may have a compensable loss of subsistence claim under the oil pollution act)
-Clean up and removal costs.
The bottom line is that anyone with a significant claim for losses or damages due to the Gulf Oil Spill should not go at it alone (and definitely don’t sign a Release). A lawyer will be helpful in making sure that your claim is properly presented to the responsible parties, BP and/or the GCCF and that the deadlines are complied with. Those impacted need to remember that Judge Barbier—who is in charge of the Federal Litigation relating to the oil spill, has recognized that the GCCF and Ken Feinberg are not independent of BP in a February 2011 Court Order.
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