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Oil Spill Litigation

In 2010, an oil rig called Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the explosion, the oil well began to leak an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The leaks continued through July of 2010. Unfortunately, this was not the first oil spill and it may not be the last.

Oil spills cause serious devastation to the environment and to the health, safety and livelihood of those living and working in the surrounding areas. A spill of the magnitude of that caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion can be particularly devastating. Many people in the New Orleans area found their incomes significantly reduced and their property and land damaged as a result of the oil spill. 

If your income or property was affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill or if you are affected in any way by an oil spill, you may be able to pursue a legal claim for damages against the oil company that owns the rig or well that leaked. Since making an oil spill claim is often a complicated process, it is important to retain an experienced New Orleans oil spill litigation attorney.

Liability for Damages

Under various federal and state laws, including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the owner of an oil rig or well can be held responsible for economic damages, cleanup costs and other losses after an oil leak or spill. Damages can potentially include the following:

  • Cleanup costs
  • Damages to the natural resources in the area
  • Damage to personal property (e.g. boats, cars, home furnishings, etc.)
  • Damage to real property (e.g., land, homes, etc.)
  • Subsistence use losses
  • Lost revenue and lost profit
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Damage to public services

Because such broad responsibility is imposed on owners of oil rigs or wells, those who are affected in any way by an oil spill may have a legal claim. Often, those affected include fisherman, fishing guides, tour guides, hotels that cater to tourists, restaurants that specialize in or serve seafood, fish processes, fish canners and cannery operations, employees of any of these businesses, and others who have suffered economic loss. In addition, people who own boats, homes or other property affected by the spill can make a claim as well. Moreover, those who are using boats or other properties affected by the oil spill to run a business or for other commercial purposes can make a legal claim to recover a loss when the property is damaged, even if they do not own the property.

Oil Spill Litigation

If you suspect that your income, property, or possessions were affected or diminished by an oil spill, an experienced New Orleans oil spill litigation attorney can pursue a claim against the responsible parties. Damages in oil spill litigation cases can be significant depending on the extent of your loss, so you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible for assistance in proving the damages that you suffered.

At J.C. Lawrence and Associates, we have filed cases on behalf of countless clients who were harmed as a result of the BP oil spill and other oil spills. If you were the victim of an oil spill or if you are a victim of any type of accident involving oil wells or rigs, contact us today for advice and assistance.