Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit
The explosion of the "Deepwater Horizon" oil rig off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010, is causing thousands of barrels of oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico and coastal areas every day. This massive oil spill may be one of the most serious environmental disasters in history, even more damaging than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The massive crude oil slick is an extremely hazardous and toxic substance, threatening not only the wildlife, beaches and the environment, but also individual landowners, commercial fishermen, restaurant and hotel operators, and other shipping and tourism businesses across the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastal areas.
Several class action and individual lawsuits were filed against British Petroleum (BP America) and Transocean Ltd., the owners and operators of the Deepwater Horizon, as well as their insurers, alleging dangerous environmental contamination and extreme financial losses for those who work and earn a living in the affected areas. Attorneys say there could be hundreds of thousands of plaintiffs in the affected areas entitled to damages, including:
- Commercial Fishermen
- Oyster farmers
- Charter boat operators
- Resort management businesses
- Restaurants in the coastal areas
- Coastal property owners
- Employees of affected businesses
- Deepwater Horizon workers or family members of workers injured or killed.
The lawsuits are based on allegations that BP America and other defendants acted negligently, including such claims as negligent operation and inspection of the Deepwater Horizon, careless disregard for the safety of others, failure to adequately prevent the spill, failure to adequately cap the leak, and failure to properly contain the spill after it occurred. Under the Oil Pollution Act, parties responsible for such oil spills are liable for the damages.
Total money damages in the Gulf oil spill could easily eclipse the half-billion dollars awarded in the Exxon Valdez disaster, reaching well into the multi-billions of dollars. In addition to lawsuit damages, BP America faces millions, if not billions of dollars, in clean-up costs. If you've been impacted by the Gulf oil spill, contact a Gulf Oil Spill attorney for more information about your options.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990?
The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) is the most comprehensive oil pollution legislation ever enacted in the United States. It provides that each party responsible for a vessel or a … more
What legal remedies are available to individuals and businesses affected by the Gulf Oil Spill?
Under the Oil Pollution Act, companies responsible for an oil spill are liable for damages to individuals and businesses affected as a result. Commercial fishermen, hotel and tourism industry … more
Is compensation available to tourism businesses and workers for lost income or profits as a result of the Gulf oil spill?
Yes. Under the Oil Pollution act, if you've lost profits or income as a result of an oil spill, you may submit a claim for lost profits or earning capacity. For example, many … more
- The Potential Plaintiffs of the Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuits
The litigation floodgates have opened and lawsuits related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have begun. While the potential for litigation is great, so are the potential damages suffered by many of the plaintiffs. Of course, not all of the plaintiffs suffered the same damages and there are many different types of plaintiffs who will be filing … more
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Many businesses have been destroyed and many families have been devastated by last month’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP, the company at the center of the oil spill storm, will likely be paying numerous claims including those of the 28 men who were killed or injured in the accident, the commercial fishermen whose businesses have been destroyed by the oil in the waters, and the … more