BP Claims Louisiana
Louisiana’s fishing and seafood industries were greatly affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that caused an estimated 4-5 million barrels of crude oil to escape into the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish all felt the full force of the huge quantities of oil that covered the region.
In addition, Louisiana’s coastal marshlands were also put at risk by the 2010 BP oil spill. Habitats and wildlife in these wetlands felt the effects of the toxic substance after the BP tragedy. During the weeks after the spill the toxic oil spread several miles into the State’s marshes. Wetland grasses were covered in oil and in many areas the grasses died. Animals, birds, fish, oysters, crabs and shrimp were all impacted with many suffering from the contamination.
Louisiana’s own pancake batfish lives entirely within the area impacted by the BP oil disaster and the long-term effects on this fish are still to be fully understood. In addition to the problems caused for other fish in the region, this one unique species has now also been exposed to potential risk and future health issues.
Not only were wildlife, birds, fish and the environment affected, but the livelihoods of many individuals and businesses also suffered greatly from the impact of this serious spill. Many businesses were no longer able to operate fully for extended periods of time. The losses experienced were substantial. Due to the lack of income many locals lost their jobs and struggled to keep their heads above water.
Those with oyster leases along the Louisiana coastline that were impacted by the disaster are now able to claim compensation through the BP settlement that has been agreed upon. Likewise, businesses and individuals involved in the shrimp industry are also invited to submit legal claims.
Not only was the seafood industry damaged in the short term, but also the long-term repercussions are still being felt. The toxic crude oil itself and the dispersants used during clean up have all compounded the problems and caused health issues for many of the sea creatures. It is not known how long it will be before health is restored to the fish, shrimp, oysters and other marine life in the region.
In addition to the losses experienced by the fisheries, tourism also fell off along the Gulf Coast causing further suffering for many. Hotels, restaurants and other service businesses saw large drop offs in earnings. Individuals were let go from their jobs and many families suffered hardship.
Now is the time to act if you, or a loved one, have been affected at all by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. Complete the inquiry form to begin the process. A BP settlement attorney will then contact you and assist you with the rest of the legal process. Whether you are a business or individual you need to take advantage of the settlement that is currently being offered to all those who suffered as a result of the tragic BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Do not wait, but begin the process today to recoup the losses that you have experienced.