San Diego, CA (Vocus) June 8, 2010
LawInfo, the premier legal information website founded in 1994, is proud to announce the launch of its Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuits Legal Resource Center. The general public and those who were directly affected by the massive environmental disaster can find articles, blog posts, frequently asked questions, and other helpful free legal resources related to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident.
Houston personal injury law firm Walker & Crawford, PC is now accepting and reviewing potential cases from parties injured as a result of the oil rig explosion and spill. The Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, which was owned BP and operated by TransOcean, burst into flames and sank on April 20, 2010, spewing millions of gallons of toxic crude oil into the delicate Gulf of Mexico.
Parties who have been injured as a result of the Gulf oil spill are encouraged to contact Walker & Crawford, PC now to evaluate their legal rights and determine whether they qualify for financial compensation for their damages. Fisherman and other businesses forced out of work as a result of the contamination and other injured parties may have important legal rights to be compensated for their losses.
Toxic oil from the slick is washing up on the shores of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. Even as clean-up crews try to keep the oil out of the sensitive coastal habitats and reefs, there are fears the mess could be carried by ocean currents up the East Coast. The oil is an extremely hazardous and toxic substance, threatening not only the wildlife, beaches, and the environment of the Gulf Coast, but also individual landowners, commercial fishermen, restaurant and hotel operators, and other shipping and tourism businesses in the region.
As the massive task of cleaning up the slick and stemming the oil still gushing into the sea continues with mixed results, focus also has turned to what penalties BP and Transocean may face for their roles in what has become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 caps damages for lost wages and economic suffering at $75 million, so that law may shield BP from some legal claims. However, there are exceptions to the damages cap in cases of gross negligence and the law does not apply to state lawsuits or limit criminal fines and penalties.
Some experts already are predicting the companies will face criminal charges and civil claims resulting in damages in excess of the $1.9 billion in fines, penalties and interest Exxon paid for the 1989 Valdez oil spill.
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