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Thousands of oil and chemical spills occur each year in the United States as a result of accidents or natural disasters. Many are small. Others result in massive leaks.
Since the 1960s, there have been more than 30 major oil spills, nearly all of them involving tankers. Their effects are devastating.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dangerous chemicals are involved, including benzene. Spills into coastal waters harm both people and the environment with widespread consequences.
Because damage is far reaching, no one can speculate on all the ways that human beings might be harmed. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, some oil can last for decades, and individuals might be affected by unforeseen consequences.
Acute Symptoms from Oil Spills
Immediately after a spill, people may begin experiencing:
- Hydrocarbon pneumonia
- Severe nausea
- Headaches and dizziness
- Coughs and difficulty breathing
- Stinging or burning eyes
Long-Term Consequences of Oil Spills
There is not a lot of research on the long-term health complications caused by these devastating spills. However, the increased likelihood of getting cancer has been well-researched. The increase in other illnesses is not yet known, but it is definitely expected.
Spills are often the result of a company not suitably handling or storing oil. In many cases, the company should have taken preventative measures to avoid just such an incident. You should review your options if your health is currently, or likely to in the future, suffers from any nearby spillage. A lawyer may be able to help you determine your next steps.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.