Oil spill causes loss for shrimpers, rig workers, boat captains, waitresses, many others
Loss of income due to oil spill hits tourism, restaurants, waitstaff, small businesses along the coast
A recent news article detailed the lives of some who have been experiencing a loss of income due to the Gulf oil spill.
One man worried he would have to close his oyster-processing plant, which would ultimately lay off 60 workers. According to the article, he hasn't been able to get enough oysters from the oil-contaminated Gulf of Mexico to keep his plant running.
In another case of loss of income due to the oil spill disaster, a fisherman estimated he had already lost about $80,000 in business because the BP oil spill kept his boats out of the water nearly 40 days.
Another man, based in Biloxi, Miss., said his charter boat has experienced over $100,000 worth of cancellations.
In Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and other areas across the Gulf Coast, shrimpers, oystermen, charter boat captains, hunting guides and oil rig workers are worrying about loss of income due to the oil spill, believing it may be worse than the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Owners of Gulf Coast businesses have many unanswered questions: How long it will take to stop the oil from spilling into the Gulf? How long will they have to wait before the Gulf waters are safe again for fishing? How long will it take to win back customers — from restaurants who buy Gulf shrimp to sports fishermen who hire local charters — lost while they are sidelined by the oil spill.
“The total environmental impact of this oil spill hasn’t yet been realized but it has already caused dangerous contamination and throttled business and commercial fishing along the Coast,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Toxic Torts unit of Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. “We don’t know how far this contamination will travel or how many families will lose their main source of income from this oil slick, but we know all too well that many more people's livelihoods will be hurt and properties damaged before this spill is under control.”
Oil spill class action lawsuits
The environmental attorneys of Weitz & Luxenberg would like to help these people recover monetary losses due to the Gulf oil spill. Many have opted to join our oil spill class action lawsuit.
Our complaints, filed by a consortium of lawyers against BP, Halliburton, Cameron and other parties, seek to recover damages suffered by our clients as a result of the oil spill. The lawsuits allege, in part, that Defendants knew of the dangers associated with deep-water drilling and failed to take appropriate measures to prevent damages to our clients and the environment in which they live and work.
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