No one can forget the breathtaking explosions and plumes of smoke erupting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico as it leaked gallons and gallons of oil into the ocean. But workers who helped clean up the oil spill don’t just remember the tragedy, they are forced to live with it every single day. Thankfully, the ongoing health complications that have plagued many clean-up workers are finally being brought to light. Just last month, a federal court decided those who developed medical issues after a 2012 worker’s lawsuit was already settled, should be allowed to file suit against BP as well.
The medical problems described by ill workers are severe and sometimes deadly. Among them are health complications such as:
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Increased risk of leukemia
- Respiratory problems
BP has fought hard to keep workers from obtaining the money they need to deal with the physical and emotional toll of these complications. Fortunately, the new decision allowing workers who developed illnesses after 2012 also comes with the right to trial by jury. Historically, juries have been much more likely to rule in favor of plaintiffs in these types of cases. If you were involved in the clean-up effort and are experiencing health problems, you may need to consult a Louisiana personal injury lawyer.
Should I Contact a Lousiana Personal Injury Attorney?
Many people were hurt by the negligence of BP. Any time a company causes pain and suffering due to its negligence and disregard for the wellbeing of others, they should be held accountable. If you’ve been injured or have become ill due to the negligence of a business, consulting with a Louisiana personal injury attorney may be a wise decision. If you’re interested in learning more about oil rig accidents, personal injury, and more, stop by our blog for regular updates. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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