Gulf Oil Spill Lawyer
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, owned by Transocean, and being leased by British Petroleum (otherwise known as BP) exploded. That explosion killed eleven (11) people in the blast; but, the effects of the explosion have gone far beyond the initial loss of life, and will continue to have a tragic effect on the Gulf Coast, its environment; its economy; and, its people. This is because when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, along with its destruction, it took with it the structure of a wellhead that was 5,000-feet beneath the surface of the ocean. Since that explosion, the well has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico at a constant rate. The flow of oil has been projected to be anywhere from two-hundred-ten-thousand (210,000) gallons-a-day to over a million (1,000,000) gallons-a-day; but, what is sure, is that the property and livelihood of the residents of the shoreline, those that work the waters, and the workers of the tourism/hospitality industry will be tragically effected by the explosion, and the spill's disastrous effects.
However, methods are available for facilitate the bringing of claims, and obtaining compensation for the economic loss suffered by residents and business-owners of the Gulf Coast suffering from the economic loss caused by the spill.
If you or your family has been negatively affected by this tragedy, the experienced attorneys of Finz & Finz, P.C. can inform you of your legal options. Contact a Gulf Oil Spill Lawyer today!
The Spill is Growing
True to the nature of oil spills, the Gulf Oil spill is behaving like any mixture of oil and water: it is pluming. Pluming is a characteristic of oil spills in which the oil, while not dispersing apart from the main portion of the spill, spreads, and plumes towards other areas. Pluming leaves contamination where it starts, and spreads contamination like a cloud to everything it reaches. Currently, experts are unclear of the extent of the pluming spill; but, recent studies have shown that what has risen to the surface is not even the bulk of the spill. University of California Berkeley professor of engineering, Robert Bea, stated despite what is seen on the surface, there is "an equal amount that could be [on the] subsurface," and, the currently subsurface oil is "near impossible to track." Additionally, the Envisat radar satellite confirmed that the spill has reached the Loop Current, which is predecessor in the chain-of-current around the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and then, eventually, the Gulf Stream. Indeed, with the spill's current expansiveness, its effects could go far beyond the shores of the Gulf Coast, possible up the eastern coast.
When Oil Causes Economic Damage
The spill has caused a myriad of damage to the Gulf Coast. Among those damages are the economic loss suffered by the local commercial fishermen, and the tourism/hospitality business owners. These economic losses are quite significant, and for those who draw their livelihood from the shores and waters of the Gulf Coast, the spill is crippling.
For example, less than ten (10) days after the spill, fisheries were being closed due to reports of oil washing up on the shores, and by late May, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals closed an additional ten oyster beds on south of Lafayette, Louisiana, citing confirmed reports of oil along the state's western coast. Unfortunately, however, while protecting the health of the individuals on the Gulf Coast, the government was forced to deprive them of the economic benefit they took from the shores and the waters of the Gulf Coast.
Although BP has already established claims centers, like the one in Bayou le Batre, Alabama, they are not yet obligated by law to comply with the claims. So, while the claims center in Bayou le Batre, headed by Manager Mark Harter, may be "Alabama's fishing capital," any claims settled with BP through that center, may not be enforceable by law, or even contemplate the totality of the claimants' long-term damages. BP, at its core is a business; and, it is in its best-interest (and the interest of its often foreign shareholders) to minimize what BP pays to claimants.
While the president of BP has stated that he and the rest of BP are "taking full responsibility for the spill," adding that BP "will clean it up and where people can present legitimate claims for damages we will honor them," they have yet to be ordered by a court to do so.
Legal Injury Help for Gulf Oil Spill Victims and Their Families
If you, a friend, or a loved one have suffered property damage or been negatively affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill damage, please contact a Gulf Oil Spill Lawyer of Finz & Finz, P.C., at (888) FINZ-FIRM today to speak with the Gulf Oil Spill Property Damage Lawyers or fill out the Gulf Oil Spill Property Damage Lawyer Case Evaluation form on the right of this page.