BP Medical Claims and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
BP medical claims are still trickling in long after the oil spill took place and the basic cleanup was done. This does not mean that the cleanup process has been finished but most of the murky water has cleared considerably and the most of the oil has been removed from Gulf beaches and shorelines.
However, despite BP’s efforts to contain the spill, residents of the Gulf of Mexico continue to suffer medical issues due to exposure to chemicals that were used in the clean-up process. It is calculated that over 200,000 may have been medically affected by the oil spill.
How to start your BP Medical Claim
On January 11, 2013, the court approved the Medical Benefits Settlement Class and granted final approval to the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement. Anyone who believes they may be eligible for a BP medical claim is now able to do so as the court ruling allows plaintiffs to ask for compensation.
There are two ways of doing so; through a class action or a Multidistrict litigation. A class action is limited in the settlements it disperses because of the mass of claims and the uniform settlements awarded. Plaintiffs also lack the luxury of hiring their own lawyers and instead contend with the lawyers available for the case.
In a Multidistrict litigation, the plaintiff is free to hire his or her own attorney for representation in court. The compensation sum is also not limited to a certain figure as would be in a class action suit. Hiring a private attorney has its own perks.
Case Symptoms in BP Medical Claims
The BP medical claims associated with the 2010 oil spill involve a series of symptoms as reported by the victims of the spill. The victims report that they experience the following symptoms:
· Respiratory problems
· ENT problems
· Skin Irritation
· Burning and lesions
· Short term Memory Loss
These symptoms and conditions are just a few of the reported cases. Other serious cases include kidney and liver damage; nervous system damage, hypertension and Miscarriages and Cancer.
Corexit is responsible for most of the health complications associated with the oil spill. It is a compound that was widely used to disperse the oil build up in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Resources Defense Council, various components of oil, especially crude oil present risks. Toluene, Benzene and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons found in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are known carcinogens. This means they are potentially cancerous. Mercury and lead found in oil is also toxic.
Miscarriages and low birth weight are also linked to exposure to benzene and other chemicals found in oil.
Workers in Louisiana have reported an increase in mental health problems. People in the affected area are complaining of an increase in stress levels, anxiety, depression, grief, suicidal ideation, excessive drinking and earlier drinking. All these health problems point their origin or pronouncement to the oil spill of 2010.
There have been complaints of people feeling sick after swimming in the Gulf and visiting the beach. The visitors reported sore eyes, nausea, skin irritation and respiratory problems.
BP Medical Claims: History
The plaintiffs and cases, both of a medical nature and economic nature totaled to about 100,000 lawsuits.
The first trial that took place against BP was in August 2010 in a court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. It was a Multidistrict litigation that was not limited to BP medical claims. The trial was done under the admiralty law of the United States meaning there was no jury to weigh in on the decision. The case was presided over by US District Judge Carl Barbier.
It was established that victims of the BP oil spill who accept payment for final damages from a Claims facility on the Gulf Coast waive their right to sue the company. It is emerging that such claimants will soon be required to transfer their right to sue the other defendants involved albeit partially in the oil spill case to BP. Seek expert legal advice if you have taken part in this BP medical claim and find out where you stand on the BP medical claims case.
Settlement of BP Medical Claims
On January 2013, US District Judge Carl Barbier approved the medical benefits portion of the proposed partial settlement by BP. As long as there was documentation of health conditions that linked the disease to the oil spill, the plaintiff was eligible for compensation and benefits under the partial settlement.
A Gulf Coast health outreach program was also put in place by BP. The company estimated that it would spend about $105 million over a period of five years and more. The deal had no specified caps on the duration.
The oil dispersant COREXIT was the main reason for the health complications developed by the residents. While the dispersal move was necessary, there were consequences of the move that saw BP cough up an extra amount of money to handle the increasing medical claims.
We Handle Individual BP Medical Claims
By hiring a qualified attorney from our firm for representing your BP medical claim, you already have conquered half the legal battle. The remaining bit is for the attorney to prove his competence and grasp of the law.
Choosing to file for a BP medical compensation entitles you to benefits that reach into the future. You are securing your health. Without the assurance of heath in the future, you may lose more that your well-being. Loss of wages, potential loss of income, medical bills arising from oil spill-associated complications and other damages may be encountered. BP medical claims help you get the compensation to cushion any unforeseen incidents and prevent financial loss.
Our firm offers free consultations that have no strings attached. Unless we win your settlement, you will not be liable to pay any fees for any legal service or advice given.
You may begin the process of filing your BP medical claims with us through our number; 1-800-BP-CLAIM or contact us through our online form. We will call you within 24 hours. Exercise your legal right today. Come and file your BP medical claim with us and get compensated today.