Gulf oil-spill lawyers available to help victims
Lawsuits in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been filed by approximately 200 law firms and solo-practice lawyers since an explosion on April 20, 2010, destroyed the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, killing 11 and injuring dozens of other rig workers.
The lawsuits seek to recover monetary damages for economic victims of the spill. These include people whose livelihoods were harmed by the floating band of sticky goo that cut a swath through the Gulf waters stretching from Louisiana to Florida – people such as fishermen, beachfront resort operators, and tourism-dependant restauranteurs, to mention but a very few.
The lawsuits also seek compensation for individuals who lost the use and enjoyment of their homes, boats, recreation amenities, or other property.
Among the allegations made in these lawsuits: BP and its Deepwater Horizon partners knew of the dangers associated with deep-water drilling and failed to take appropriate measures to prevent damage to livelihoods and property. Those partners include Halliburton, Cameron and rig owner-operator Transocean Ltd., Transocean Offshore and Transocean Deepwater.
Many of the lawsuits have taken the form of class actions. A class-action lawsuit is one brought by either a single plaintiff or by multiple plaintiffs on behalf of many others, all of whom share legal claims in common.
The advantage of a class action is it ensures that all plaintiffs receive compensation if their side prevails at trial or if the defendants decide to settle out of court. Otherwise, what can happen is independent plaintiffs who are first to sue might receive so much money in compensation that the defendants have no money left with which to pay victorious plaintiffs whose suits were filed later.
Weitz & Luxenberg has played a pivotal role in initiating the class-action lawsuits that now have resulted in BP agreeing in principle to a settlement negotiated by the court-created Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (of which our Robin Greenwald, Esq., is a member). Read the details of this settlement here.
This important development may make it easier than ever for potential plaintiffs – those who have yet to step forward – to receive the compensation they might be owed. To find out if you qualify for compensation or to explore possible other opportunities for action, fill out the form below and click “submit”. Doing so creates no obligation and no risk. In response, a Weitz & Luxenberg attorney will contact you and provide a free legal consultation regarding your rights as a victim of the BP oil spill.
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