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Admiralty & Maritime Claims
Trust the Law Offices of David C. Rash

BP Oil Spill Settlement Claims Attorney

Suffered Losses from the BP Oil Spill?

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, 2010 and the resulting oil spill is one of the largest environmental disasters in the history of the United States. Thousands of businesses and individuals throughout Florida and other states sharing a coastline on the Gulf of Mexico sustained substantial economic losses due to the BP Oil Spill. The oil spill also caused health problems among cleanup workers and those who lived or worked in the area where the spill occurred.

British Petroleum (BP) and other companies involved in the drilling and exploration of the well that poured millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the explosion have reached a Settlement that pays those who participate for the losses and damage.

The deadline to submit certain types of claims with the Settlement (i.e. Seafood Compensation Program claims such as commercial fishermen, shrimpers, oystermen, crabbers) has already passed except in very limited circumstances, and the deadline to submit Business Economic Loss claims and Individual Economic Loss claims with the Settlement is running out soon, so if you or your business was affected by the spill, now is the time to take action. Contact David C. Rash P.A. for help with your BP oil spill claim. David Rash has more than 20 years of experience representing clients injured by oil spills and other mass catastrophes.

Compensation for BP Oil Spill Losses

BP oil spill lawyers are bringing many of the lawsuits arising out of the Deepwater Horizon incident under the United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Since this Act imposes a three-year statute of limitations, it will be difficult or impossible to take legal action once three years have passed from the April 20, 2010 disaster. If you and/or your business has not properly opted out of the Settlement and timely filed a lawsuit before April 20, 2013, and you and/or your business is a class member, it is imperative to submit a claim with the Settlement immediately.

Further, a statute of limitations exists in all personal injury and negligence tort claims, so you should not hesitate to consult an attorney if you have sustained personal or economic injuries as a result of the BP oil spill. Attorney David C. Rash can help you pursue your claim to recover compensation.

BP Oil Spill Settlement Claims Eligible for Compensation

The Settlement pays out compensation claims submitted by those individuals and businesses who sustained losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and ensuing oil spill. Whether you can participate in the Settlement and can submit a claim depends on your or your businesses’ location. Settlement funds may be available to you if you are eligible to make a claim.

Losses that are eligible for payment from the Settlement fund include:

  • Business economic losses: Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the spill.
  • Seafood industry claims: Individuals and businesses involved in any aspect of the seafood industry, from fisherman to retail distributors to seafood restaurants. However, the deadline has passed for filing these types of claims absent certain very limited circumstances.
  • Damage to coastal or wetlands property: Individuals who own coastal or wetland property and long-term lessees who sustained losses due to the spill.
  • Periodic or festival vendors who suffered losses as a result of the spill.
  • Vessel owners whose vessels sustained physical damage.
  • Cleanup workers who sustained health problems as a result of their work mitigating the spill.
  • Area residents: Those who resided or worked in the area of the spill who are experiencing health issues.

If you fall into any of the above categories, you may be eligible to compensation from the BP oil spill Settlement fund. You may be able to resolve your claim through participating in the existing Settlement or you may be able to pursue your own claim against BP or the other companies, depending on whether or not the statute of limitations has run.

Contact Attorney David C. Rash today to learn more about your rights and about how we can help with your BP oil spill claim.

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