The BP oil spill demonstrated the magnitude of influence an oil spill can have on the members of local coastal communities. After more than 200 million gallons of oil were pumped into the Gulf of Mexico, the effects of the incident are still being experienced. While it is the largest recorded oil spill in U.S. history, the incident is only one of many disasters to infect communities throughout coastal America. The impact cannot be limited to a singular factor such as economics, society, or even health. Rather, much like the oil pumped into the ocean spreads without limits, the effects of such an event permeate every corner of the community, from businesses to homes.
If your home life, work, or business was negatively impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill or any other oil spill, Arnold & Itkin wants to give you the facts and resources you need for compensation. Our team represented victims of the Deepwater incident, including nearly one third of the Deepwater Horizon crew.
The local economy takes a hard blow in the aftermath of an oil spill as coastal communities rely largely on industries involving offshore work or coastal tourism. Business for commercial fishing, recreational activities, tourism, cruise liners, and seafood processing are all directly impacted as the source of their livelihood is tainted by the spill. Furthermore, the affect is not limited to the immediate aftermath. For coastal towns that thrive off of tourism and recreation, the reputation of an oil spill can extend long into the future, deterring tourists away and damaging communities based on perception alone.
Cleaning up after an oil spill is a long and potentially dangerous task. As was witnessed with the Deepwater Horizon, the men and women deployed to mitigate the damage and repair equipment are sent at great risk. Even those not directly interacting with the leaked substance are subtly exposed to its dangerous health effects. Workers employed by the oil companies involved also suffer from oil spills economically as their jobs are put at risk alongside the reputation of the company.
Residential life in coastal communities near oil spills is significantly affected by the events. From property damage to physical injury and disease, the people seeking to live quiet lives on the shorefront are the most innocent and potentially the most affected victims of the incident. With no involvement or influence, their lives are turned upside down in a matter of days and the impact can last for years.
At Arnold & Itkin, we represent all victims of oil spills and rig explosions. Having experience in handling cases regarding the Deepwater Horizon as well as others, we have witnessed the effect that is sustained but such events.
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Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a third of the crewmembers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.