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The Aftermath of the BP Oil Spill

The coastal towns around the Gulf of Mexico had once been known as the best sources of oysters, shrimp and other seafood. That all ended on April 20, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, and it does not look like that’s going to change anytime soon. Also known as the BP oil spill, it has devastated the lives of thousands of people who live in and around the area.

The oil that spewed from the rig affected the ecology of the water and surrounding coastal lands greatly, and not for the better. Some of the chemicals present in the oil and the dispersant used to break it up are toxic to humans, and these have been integrated into the sea bed and the animals that feed on sea plant life. Even though the government has declared the seafood now safe for human consumption, there is a lot of hesitation to take its word for it, especially as scientists maintain that the toxins stay in the environment for a long time as a consequence of the food cycle.

The worst thing about the BP oil spill is that those who were affected the most were the independent fishermen who depended on their daily catch to provide for their families. With oyster beds dying, shrimp obviously contaminated, and crabs dead or shells riddled with holes, small fishermen are facing the extinction of their livelihood. Many who have already lost everything will have no recourse but to look to other occupations and/or move to a different location. The physical, emotional and financial consequences of the BP oil spill are pervasive.

BP and partner companies are finally starting to compensate some of the people it had harmed from its negligent actions, but for many it is too little, too late. A recent hold on the claims processing has further exacerbated the situation by delaying payouts to deserving victims. When will the aftermath of the BP oil spill ever stop being felt by the innocent?

If you or someone close to you has been harmed by the BP oil spill, getting compensation may not solve all your problems. But at the very least, it should enable you to make a fresh start. Consult with a law firm experienced in handling BP oil spill claims as soon as possible.