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The Court-Supervised Deepwater Horizon Settlement was set forth to compensate businesses and individuals that were financially harmed by the oil spill explosion caused by BP in April of 2010. BP has estimated the costs related to compensating claims to be 7.8 billion dollars; however, there is no cap on the total amount that will be paid out. The total amount of compensation will depend upon the number of qualifying claims that receive an offer. Therefore, the estimated 100,000 claims being filed may end up receiving less than the 7.8 billion dollars that has been set aside, or more.
Is anyone excluded from filing to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement?
There are certain industries that BP has excluded from the Settlement. Those who owned a business in or worked within any of the industries listed below are ineligible to file claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
- Governmental Organizations
- Real Estate Developers
- Insurance Entities
- Financial Institutions, Funds, Financial Trusts, and other Financial Vehicles
- Oil and Gas Industry Entities
- Entities selling or marketing BP-branded fuel
- Gaming and Casino Entities
- Those who chose to exclude themselves from the Economic Class
- Those that were required to file under the Oil Pollution Act
How can I determine my eligibility to file a claim?
Businesses and Individuals in almost any other industry may be eligible to file a claim providing the physical address of their business or employer from the time of the spill falls within one of the designated “Economic Loss Zones”. These are geographic regions that have been recognized by BP as areas that were either directly or indirectly affected by the spill.
How can I determine my business loss?
After you have determined that your business was located within an Economic Loss Zone, it will be time to take a look at your financials.
All businesses, (except those located in Zone A) will need to prove their damages (causation) by showing a specific percentage of lost revenue, lost variable profit, and loss of potential revenue growth in the selected months of 2010, as compared to the same months in the benchmark period. They will also need to show a specific amount of uptake in those same months in 2011. This revenue pattern is referred to as the V-trend and if the financial documents follow this pattern, the business automatically proves causation.
What documents do I need to provide for a Deepwater Horizon Settlement claim evaluation?
The initial causation test is a complex, formulaic calculation which can quickly determine whether your business qualifies under the settlement, and roughly how much compensation you are eligible to receive. The preliminary test requires the following:
- Business Address
- NAICS code
- Gross Revenue Statements from Jan 2007- Dec 2011 (or a minimum of Jan 2009-Dec 2011)
After this calculation, if it is determined that the claim is valid, additional paperwork will be needed to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
Why Should I Seek the Help of a Deepwater Horizon Settlement Claims Preparer?
The Court-Supervised Settlement Agreement is a 1,300 page document filled with complexities and intricacies that can be confusing and frustrating to those with no experience in this field.
Our team of experts prepares and files claims that have been checked for accuracy and validity. We help the client prepare all necessary documents and ensure the claim is complete before it is filed.
Our financial calculations are preformed either by a CPA, or under the direct supervision of a CPA, to ensure we come as close to the actual compensation amount as possible.
Should there be any discrepancies from the settlement once the claim has been filed, we handle all incompleteness notices, appeals, re-reviews, reconsiderations, or denials in a timely manner.
We fight for our clients and push the claim as far as it can possibly go within the Deepwater Horizon settlement. If the claim cannot proceed any further, and the claimant does not receive a settlement, they owe us nothing.
Time is Limited – Act Now!
If you have your paperwork ready, we can quickly calculate whether or not your business qualifies under the guidelines of the settlement. Time is running low; with the deadline to file all claims being April 22, 2014. The more quickly we can gather the documents, evaluate and file the claim, the more quickly it can be reviewed and paid out through the settlement.
If you’ve ever wondered if you qualify to file a BP Claim and you have the preliminary documents at hand, call us today or fill out the form on this page to speak to claims representative immediately. Help is just a phone call away.
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BP Settlement and How We got Here
The days are coming to a close when you will have to decide whether you are in or out of the BP Settlement. It’s actually very sad that some of you will have to wait years to ever see a penny from BP.
They deployed their strategy long ago through Feinberg, when he made certain that many of your claims would never see the light of day; through the delay, deny, and defend tactics employed by unscrupulous insurance companies. When he replaced World-renowned Claims Adjusting Companies with Law Firms with no experience in this sort of matter, to Process your claims, we all got screwed.
I am not saying that this was intentional on his part or their part, but when you look at a typical textbook play of how to thwart payments to claimants after natural disasters, major manufacturing mishaps, and pharmaceutical negligence you can now add the BP Oil Spill to the list.
If the BP Settlement survives, and I am betting it will, certain businesses that only show losses in 2010, but not 2011 will be the major winners. Individuals and businesses without a clear-cut or well-documented cases will simply have to wait. People who made a living from the Gulf will be compensated in some cases but most will be lost for years in the system. There needs to be some wiggle room, so that more people/businesses can fit into the Settlement framework.
And, we needed a better sample set of claims that would get PAID under the Settlement, but I am afraid a certain Processor made sure that would not happen, and used incompetence as the mechanism; very legal, very smart, and very shameful.
This trap was set a long time ago when Obama met with BP and struck the 20 Billion Dollar Deal. When Obama hired Mr. Feinberg he allowed BP to pay him and let him play by their rules.
Obama should have seen this coming and protected us, but he let BP dictate everything, from clean up to Corexit, from payouts to processing, it was never in our hands, it was always in BP’s.
We have seen a wave of offers come through lately, and have been promised payments for them soon, but we have seen nothing in the mail and, the clock is ticking. It is difficult for many to stay in the settlement if your claim is in limbo, and before November 1, 2012, you have to make a decision to either stay, and find out you may not qualify, and get nothing, or go, and enter a third claims program actually run by BP, before you can even litigate.
The Settlement needs more time, the people need more time, the process needs more time. It is in my humble opinion, that the deficiencies of the BP Settlement have just begun to be addressed, and there is a great framework to work within here, but we need to see some fruit, we need to see how claims will be treated. There is just to much uncertainty, and that is leading to Fear, and to many people are capitalizing on that,
What Happens Next OPA, Opt Out`s, and Beyond
With the Opt-Out date looming, many of you will be told by Attorneys that you will need to Opt-Out now and sign with them immediately for the ‘Oil Pollution Act’ (OPA) presentment and maybe we can get you paid under OPA. You do NOT need an Attorney for OPA Presentment.
At this time, the Attorneys/Individuals/Consultants will need to have your basic information, and approximate loss figures into OPA, in by January 20th, 2012, so they can be formally presented by April 20th, 2013.
This will be the THIRD Claims process that many of you will be going through. Yes, the third claims process; this is how they wear people down.
Let me be clear hear, if you choose to Opt-Out you do not need to immediately sign up with an Attorney, if want help finding the best Attorneys that handle your type or types of cases, we can help you there, and we will.
In all Actuality you don`t even need an Attorney, not just yet, but be ready.
Do Not Opt Out Just Yet.
The leadership of the Settlement has done their best to get the system set up, and your claims processed as quickly as they could.
The reality is the odds were stacked against them from the beginning, and it took them too long to figure it out. Using the same processors that the GCCF used was ludicrous, and they were ordered to do so. People in high positions, based on past relationships trusted them, they were deceived.
Remember who hired them and fired the people that actually knew how to process these claims, yep, good old Mr. Feinberg. BP paid Mr Feinberg, and paid him well.
It gets better, or actually worse, under OPA presentment your claims will go to The BP Claims Program based out of Houston Texas.
The BP Claims Program is run by guess who, and administered by guess who, BP, it`s like taking the lambs to slaughter and guess who are the lambs?
That`s Right BP will be in-charge of paying your OPA Claim, so who in their right mind would be in rush to put their claim in their hands? Not Me.
It is my humble opinion and I am not an Attorney, that you can either be lead to slaughter or choose to fight; call your congressmen, your senators, and vote in the upcoming election.
Many of you on our Facebook page have talked about Marching, I suggest New Orleans, It`s all up to you.
Isn’t that how we do things here in America, so if your as fired up as I am, jump onto our Facebook page and lets start talking about the details.
I have been told that Judge Barbier and Mr. Juneau are very solid Southern Men. Gentlemen we have people dying out there, not just economically, but from the use of Corexit 9500. I was told last week that 3 out of 4 boys died from one family in Plaquemines Parrish from Liver Cancer. These boys were children.
Guys that worked the VOO are dropping like flies. We hear these stories on a daily basis and nobody is doing a darn thing about it.
BP is Negotiating with the Department of Justice
As I am write this, BP and the Federal Government are negotiating another BP Settlement with the DOJ that is suppose to bring as much as 80% of that revenue back to the Gulf States under the Restore Act. The number is in the Billions; speculation is between $15B-$21B May I suggest the feds step in and help renegotiate the Settlement that BP and the PSC came up with, and specifically give Mr Juneau and Judge Barbier some latitude and more power to handle this their way, and not have to ask BP or the PSC for permission. Things need to get done here!!!
It`s just a thought. If there was ever time to hold BP`s feet to the fire and get something done for the people I think now might be a real good time.
And One more Thing
The Macondo Well is still leaking, there is speculation from the Coast Guard and other sources it is an old riser pipe, well it`s been leaking for a really long time now.
The Oil was tested, and it is Macondo Oil and it is fresh oil, not mixed with the sludge you would find in a riser pipe, and does it not make this whole darn process null and void, under OPA, because you can`t settle a catastrophe while it is still happening. At least find out for sure where the oil is coming from first. Can anyone say R.O.V, c`mon now.
There is a six mile, and some days much bigger, Oil Stream coming from the Macondo Well. It sounds like the BP Oil Spill is STILL HAPPENING.
We would never be having this conversation had Feinberg done his Job, and actually paid Interim Payments.
We at BPClaims.org will do whatever we can do to Help You.
We have Never and will Never put Profit in front of People.
We have the most extensive network of Claims Processors and Attorneys throughout the Gulf Coast. They charge 15-25%.
We care and it shows, and we are going to call it like we see it, ’til everybody is made as whole as they can be. I mean everybody.
We are getting BP Claims Paid
An offer was received on August 27th, the claimant accepted the offer.
The Claimant was notified that all of his economic claims would then be handled under the terms of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement and agreed to that. The claim was handled for a 15% contingency fee.
There were several other BP Claims paid by our groups, they included Business Claims and more VOO Claims.
BP Settlement Calculations Dead On
The processing center that handles the majority of our large loss claims figured a BP Claim for approximately $359,540.00 the offer was for $359,410.00 they were off by $130.00.
We are thrilled with the accuracy of their calculations, this group also only charges 15% and only gets paid when the client gets paid.
Franklin County and Apalachicola Oystermen need Help
The more I have been hearing from Oystermen in Apalachicola, the more concerned I am for their future welfare.
It seems as though there is no new growth on the Winter Bars where they harvest Oysters.
The September 1 Oyster Season is right around the corner, Franklin County Commissioners are looking for help from BP and the EPA immediately.
The dispersant Corexit is most likely to blame, it has also caused a spike in Heart Attacks and Strokes in the Oystermen and Women`s communities.
This needs to be addressed immediately, members of the National Institute of Health have been taking hair and nail samples for months, enough sampling already, get these folks and others help now, people need to be made aware of the effects of Corexit.
Hurricane Isaac Stirs up the Gulf and Bays
Hurricane Isaac has pummeled Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, Oil from the BP Spill will be hitting the shores of Our Beaches. Submerged Oil Mats known as SOM`s will be breaking apart and relocating. These mats still consist of 17% crude oil.
If you see Oil on the Beaches or in the Bays we want to hear about it, and take pictures if you can.
We have spoken to many of you in the last day, we are sorry for your losses and our prayers are with you
October 1 Opt Out Date Extended to November 1
We have been advocating for an Opt Out date extension for sometime now we are glad to see it got done. This will give the Attorneys more time to see how their clients fit into the settlement. The DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund should be able to provide a large amount of offers on claims submitted to provide a sample set, of what we can all expect in the mean time. This will help us all evaluate BP Claims and get a feel for what will fit into the BP Settlement and what will not, and that is about to happen.
Free BP Claims Evaluation
None of the Groups that we work with charge to evaluate your BP claims, there are no upfront charges, there are no extra costs in any way. They don`t get paid until you do. Our CPA and Adjuster groups charge 15%.
Attorneys traditionally charge 25%.
We will Help you with your BP Settlement.
Our role in the BP Medical Settlement
We met with many people that were affected and heard horror stories of people getting sick.
I had set up a few websites to help people get aid from Catholic Charities who were suddenly unemployed in mid May, many went to work on clean up, by early June clean up workers that were getting sick started going to the sites asking for help. This class of people were overlooked by most Attorneys, and in my opinion were in the greatest need of help as their health was quickly being affected. The BP Medical Settlement is a Step in the right direction.
Trends in the BP Medical Settlement
What we have learned since being involved with this from the beginning, is that the overall effects from the oil and the dispersant Corexit are devastating and far reaching. You see Corexit Bio accumulates in the bodies of what ever ingests it, when a shrimp eats zoo plankton, and a fish eats the shrimp, and we eat the fish, we eventually get sick, and that`s a fact.
A recent report has traced the Fingerprint of the oil spewed by the Deep Water Horizon to Zoo plankton and the carcinogenic hydrocarbons found in the Zoo plankton can be actually traced to the Deepwater Horizon accident. Do you know what eats Zoo plankton, just about everything, as it makes up the base of the Gulfs food chain. Here is the article link.
We have been hearing from many of you recently that have had children born with Birth Defects, loved ones who died unexpectedly after getting sick, usually from heart issues, not to mention many of you who worked the oil spill or resided close to the beaches that were affected.
The BP Medical Settlement does cover you and your family. For Example: If you live close to the beach, and have 5 people in your Family, you may very well have 5 separate claims.
From my experience out on Grand Isle you could actually smell the Corexit in the air as it was being dumped from the skies over the Gulf. There is no way this could not have affected peoples health, and this is what the BP Medical Settlement does cover.
What is covered in the BP Medical Settlement
Some of the early Symptoms of exposure that are covered in the BP Medical Settlement are:
- Respiratory problems
- Chronic injury( symptoms lasting more than 6 month)
- Sinus and eye issues
- Rashes on your Skin
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Neurological Issues
There are payouts that range from $1,200- $60,000 based upon the degree of exposure, your location, type of work, and the length of hospitalization.
The BP medical Settlement allows for these payments and to hold BP accountable for future illness even if you take the initial payouts. There will also be medical monitoring in place for those exposed. You must follow the specified guidelines of the BP Medical Settlement to make sure your future rights are protected.
We can help you with your BP Medical Settlement
We can help you put your paperwork in order for the BP Medical Settlement, in cases of advanced exposure it is suggested you that you strongly consider using the services of an Attorney. We have been involved with helping people that have suffered the effects from the Oil and the dispersant Corexit since the issue first came to light. There are now multiple firms specializing in this area, if you would like to connect with them, or just need the help of putting together your paperwork, please fill out the form to the right.
We will help you with your BP Medical Settlement.
BP Claims Members have Record Week
We saw more BP Claims paid this week then in any other in the History of the BP Claims Process, why is this, because the entities that make up the BP Claims Team know what they are doing. Many Team members use to work for BP or the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. They have an understanding of how the GCCF works from the inside. They understand the methodology, know how it should be applied, and how to properly trend the calculations so your true losses are reflected. Our Oil Spill Attorneys that represent many people and businesses in the seafood industry, and other clients that may have causation issues also had a record week. We also saw a dramatic rise in BP Business Claims come in.
Judge Barbier made some key Rulings that affect BP Claims
The most significant ruling was regarding punitive damages, and granting those directly affected by the BP Oil Spill the ability to sue for punitive damages. He mentioned Fishermen and Landowners who had oil on their property, as examples of those directly affected by the BP Oil Spill. Punitive damages go beyond just the economic loss that one would encounter, but are meant to punish the offender so it does not happen again. This means that more people may opt to find an attorney and not take their final claims settlement as they may wish to sue BP later. A recent report concluded that BP, as the well’s owner, was ultimately responsible for the accident. But it also said that BP’s chief contractors, Transocean, which owned the mobile drilling rig, and Halliburton, which was responsible for the cementing operations, shared the blame for many of the fatal mistakes. read article
BP and Halliburton: The Oil Spill Blame game
According to Halliburton, BP should have known about an additional hydrocarbon zone that they allege BP failed to disclose. Haliburton goes on to state “The motive behind BP’s intentional nondisclosure of the upper hydrocarbon zone is apparent — profit and greed,” “changes that likely would have required a redesign of the production casing,” “Such changes would have cost BP millions of dollars on a well that was already painfully over budget and behind schedule.” In speaking with many of the Attorneys on our Team this fits with BP` corporate culture about putting profit before safety and environmental concerns. This could help prove extreme negligence on BP`s part.
BP Claims: Many still waiting
From the calls we have seen coming over our 1-800-BP-Claim number, it is apparent that many of you are still waiting to hear from the GCCF regarding your BP Claims status. Over 400,000 BP Claims have been denied. Many of them because of a lack of documentation, or because of trending calculations that were improperly calculated. If you are tired of the deficiency letters, or seeing your claim is under review, we can help you.
BP Oil Spill Update
Tropical Storm Lee whipped up the Gulf Coast this week throughout the Gulf Coast region, tarballs were spotted on Orange Beach, but there wasn`t any major incidence of submerged oil mats coming ashore except on Fourchon Beach. They are out there, som`s as they are being referred to. There have been reports that the Macondo well is leaking again, that was inspected by BP and the Coast Guard in ROV`s, but no evidence was found that the sheen, seen clearly from the air around the well was coming from the well, more on that as the story unfolds. Some of the Fishermen I have been talking to have reported several dead zones. There are still a lot of ecological concerns that remain unknown, only time will tell.
BP Claims Team
As the GCCF strategies become more apparent, our BP Claims Team members strategies are evolving as well. We have groups that specialize in Denied BP Claims, as well as Claims that have been filed, but are be held up at the GCCF. They have a track record of getting clients paid quickly, often within 45 days. We have BP Claims Team members who take on BP Claims that may be difficult to prove because of legal or causation issues, and other BP Claims Team members who are looking forward to litigate against BP, and want clients that are in it for the long haul. Since there are different strategies being employed by different Team members, it is important to be clear in letting us know how you want us to proceed. So please be specific about your needs, if we have any questions we will call you. Often we will forward your information to more the one Team Member so they can explain their game plan for your BP Claims, BP Claims Team members charge from 15% up to 33 1/3% if you need the help of an Attorney to handle your BP Claims.
Feinberg is evading BP Claims for Illness
A few months a go Feinberg said he had not seen any BP Claims for illness related from the BP Oil Spill. Then Mr. Feinberg said he had only heard of a few hundred BP Claims resulting from the the Oil Spill. The folks that worked on oil spill clean up, and the bathed in the water, or lived close to the coast and breathed in airborne Corexit are sick. We have received numerous calls from people who filed BP Claims going over their illness all with very similar stories and none getting relief from the BP Claims process.
BP Claims Process and Illness Claims
Feinberg is under heavy fire for not taking action within the BP Claims process for illness claims. His record supporting people that have illness claims in the past regarding agent orange and 9/11 is strong. Knowing that these sorts of claims were going to be raised again in the BP Claims process should have been taken into consideration. It took years to act upon the Agent Orange and 9/11 claims, and we should have all learned from that. Feinbergs excuse is that it is going to take time to know the true extent of the damages as it did in prior cases. The fact is people affected by the Corexit and oil don`t have that much time, and need help now, and not just monetary help but Medical Care, though some ongoing financial help in the form of BP Claims would help.
BP Claims vs. Litigation for Sick People
As it stands the only recourse as I understand it, is for people to sue BP for exposure to Corexit and oil. We have been forwarding your information to Attorneys that are taking action on the behalf of people that have gotten sick, and many of these people have found solace that they are being represented by one of the best Law Firms in the country. The BP Claims process is broken in so many places, and the inability for the process to take into consideration the people who have gotten sick from BP`s carelessness is a testament to it`s inadequacies. I call on Mr. Feinberg to fix, evolve, do so something for these people, other then making them part of a study, because people are dying here, this is about medical help now, and some sort of money that can help them as they can`t work, this needs to be figured into the BP Claims process. This process need to evolve so they can be considered into the BP Claims Process
BP Claims and the Future of the Gulf Coast
With BP trying to mitigate damages by saying everything is back to normal economically, and they will not pay BP Claims for future loses, except in a few cases such as Oystermen, one can`t help but wonder what the future holds for the BP Claims process. The BP Claims process was supposed to make everything right as we endured the worst man made oil spill in history. Remember that it was BP`s negligence that caused the oil spill in the first place, and the BP Claims process was supposed to make it right, or at the very least, as right as it could be. What draws many people to the Gulf Coast is the natural beauty of the Gulf, the fresh seafood, and the splendor of spending a day in the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By all accounts from fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, and crabbers the Gulf`s health has issues. If the Gulf Health deteriorates as has been evidenced, will people want to come here to vacation, and that seems to be the only factor that BP is using when it speaks of taking future loses out of the BP Claims process.
Gulf Health and BP Claims
If the Gulf of Mexico faces a catastrophic decline in marine populations, and there is some evidence of this already, what will happen to the tourists who have historically come to enjoy the seafood and bathe at the beautiful beaches. Three out of five people won`t eat Gulf Seafood. If it is not safe for the animals that call the Gulf home, are you really going to let your kids swim in the Gulf. It may not come to light this year, but there is mounting evidence that in the following years we could see a steep decline of locally harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and it is quite possible the Gulf will have a stigma to it, that no amount of BP Claims money will ever be able to fix.
Environmental Indicators and BP Claims
Certain Areas are reporting the Crab catch is down about 75% of from previous years, the brown shrimp catch is down about 90%, approximately 80% of the oysters are dead, fishermen are noting substantially decreased numbers of what was once plentiful catches, and the GCCF is slow to pay people on the front lines their BP Claims money. It took years to figure out what was going on environmentally after the Exxon Valdez tragedy, this is happening at warp speed in comparison. At the same time BP is trying not to pay for future losses for BP Claims, meanwhile we are finding once steady fisheries in collapse, and this is year one. Oyster beds are not going to come back for years, the GCCF admits that, the crabs don`t seem to have any eggs with them, and die shortly after harvesting, these are leading indicators of the Health of the Gulf, and it`s surrounding waters. No amount of BP Claims money can make this right.
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Oil Spill Clean Up
As many of you know we follow Oil Spill Clean Up Workers and the challenges they face. I received a phone call last week from a knowledgeable lady who gave us all kinds of great information about testing for Corexit and other Oil Spill toxins in your Blood. The test that seems to be used the most is called a Volatile Solvents Profile. The test runs about $300.00 and is available up throughout the Gulf Region.
Oil Spill Toxins
In speaking with clinicians this morning at a variety of locations I kept hearing the same thing. Those who were tested, all had dangerous levels of toxins in their bodies, and some were well above FDA guidelines. Literally one practitioner had 100% of those tests come back positive for elevated toxins, 3- methylpentane and 2-methylpentane. Ethyl Benzene, m-p xylene and Hexane were also detected.
It seems as though the majority of people that they have been testing all have Bronchial and Respiratory conditions, that are not responding to normal care. According to one nurse I spoke to this morning, they have never seen anything else like it. They are recommending kelation, in conjunction with drinks, meant to help you detoxify your body. If you would like more information about this, or to find the Doctor nearest you, please fill out the form to the right and mention Corexit Tests in the description.
I was informed that Judge Barbier had inferred in court that Law Firms could still file on behalf of claimants against Transocean, and some firms are. There are NO guarantees here. The deadline was April 20th, if you did not file and would still like to, here is your chance, I can`t guarantee it will go through, but there are firms that will give it a shot. So if you fill out the form to the right and put Transocean in the description, we will see to it that your claim gets to them. My thoughts on this are, that Judge Barbier saw that many firms were swamped with requests and is giving them a touch more time to get these in. This is pure conjecture, but that is the only valid reason I can figure.
Transocean Limitation Complaints
Directly taken from the Plaintiff Steering Committee website:
1) What is a Limitation Complaint?
When a vessel owner, such as Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, forces all people who have claims resulting from an incident to make any claims against it in one proceeding. In that proceeding, the Court is asked to decide whether the vessel owner can limit its liability (or what it is responsible to pay) under the law.The Court may also determine other issues, such as the liability (if any) of the vessel owner, whether the vessel owner is liable for gross negligence or the amount of fault between and among the defendants. Gross negligence involves a reckless disregard for the safety of others.
If you can get into the process you will be covered by the February 2012 trial issues.
My experience with Corexit
From the very beginning of this project I have felt most drawn to helping BP Oil Spill Clean Up Workers. I was out on Grand Isle in June 2010 and the smell of Corexit filled the air, within hours I was coughing. In my infinite wisdom I picked up a piece of Corexit in my hand, I had it on the tip of my finger when it broke like an egg, and it suddenly covered my hand, seconds later my hand was burning, and when I tried to wipe it off, I only proceeded to spread it up my arm. A nice lady on the boat had baby wipes that removed it, regular towels were useless. The way the Corexit bonded with Oil and coagulated it created something that resembled the texture of the yolk of an egg. but more firm, until it broke then it was a gooey mess.
Clean up Workers & Corexit
Cleanup workers were ill equipped to handle the oil spill from the very beginning, lacking both basic equipment and the knowledge of just what they were dealing with. Corexit poses health risks at the molecular level. Corexit bio-accumulates in one`s body. The lungs, kidneys and liver are most affected, and it does cause cancer.
This is from Wikipedia: Mind you, this is about Corexit 9527 not 9500, less is known about the after effects of 9500 on Humans.
Corexit 9527, considered by the EPA to be an acute health hazard, is stated by its manufacturer to be potentially harmful to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver, and may irritate eyes and skin. The chemical 2-butoxyethanol, found in Corexit 9527, was identified as having caused lasting health problems in workers involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused people “respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders”. Like 9527, 9500 can cause hemolosys (rupture of blood cells) and may also cause internal bleeding.
Clean Up Workers Exposed to Corexit Seek Help
We get phone calls daily from people that are sick from the Corexit and worked on clean up crews. If you are sick, please fill out the form to the right and we will get you in touch with law firms that specializes in Helping people that are truly ill from the Clean Up of the Gulf Oil Spill. There are programs being put in place, and medical monitoring becoming available. There are certain medical tests you can also have done, that will measure the levels of exposure. If you think you are sick or know someone who is, please let us know.