If you or your business has been adversely affected by a recent oil spill in your area, it is important that you are aware of your responsibilities and rights to claim compensation. Oil companies are held to high standards of safety and environmental protection, as their industry carries great potential risks for innocent bystanders.
As such, they are liable for any disaster that resulted from negligence or disregard for safety standards and damages resulting from the incident. When an oil spill occurs, there will be an upheaval of legal activity from many different parties affected by the incident: businesses, corporate entities, employees, and private residents. As such, it is easy for individual victims to be lost in the chaos. If you are such a victim, the best way to protect your rights to compensation is to retail the legal representation that can advocate on your behalf.
An oil spill claim will need to demonstrate duty, damages, and direct cause of injury in order to qualify for compensation. To ensure you are fully prepared to make your case, gather as much evidence and information about the situation as you can, documenting damages and expenses such as medical treatment so your attorneys will have the resources to make a prompt, comprehensive claim.
Although legal counsel is not required for an oil spill claim, it is recommended. An attorney well-versed in oil spills and offshore injury laws will be able to direct the process in the appropriate manner, against the right defendant, and in the proper venue. Furthermore, legal professionals are aware of factors that may affect your claim, such as statutes of limitations and ongoing class action lawsuits similar to your claims.
The most important thing to remember when seeking to file an oil spill claim is that time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the more at risk you are of being forgotten. Contact Arnold & Itkin LLP today to discuss your situation and find out whether you have grounds to file an oil spill claim. Our attorneys have represented a number of victims who suffered due to oil spill claims, including a third of the Deepwater Horizon crew.
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