Houston Maritime Lawyer Decries BP's Claim That Victims' Awards are Too Generous

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Jason Itkin of Arnold & Itkin LLP says BP’s ‘callous’ attitude toward those hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and ensuing Gulf Coast oil spill will only further damage the oil giant’s reputation.

Jason Itkin

We recognize the obligation of any corporate entity to protect its own financial interests, but this would be laughable if it wasn’t so callous.

Houston maritime attorney Jason Itkin today blasted the recent claim by BP that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has been too generous in determining final payments for victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill.

“We recognize the obligation of any corporate entity to protect its own financial interests, but this would be laughable if it wasn’t so callous,” said Itkin, a founding partner of Arnold & Itkin LLP. “BP is further damaging its reputation by taking this stand against the people of the Gulf region who have been deeply wounded by this disaster.”

Many individuals and businesses injured in the disaster have called upon the attorneys of Arnold & Itkin LLP to assist them in resolving claims against BP and oil-rig operator Transocean.

Itkin and partner Kurt Arnold are acknowledged experts in maritime law and the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, having shared their insights about the incident with national and local media in the aftermath of the disaster, including National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” the Houston Chronicle and Houston’s ABC television affiliate, among others.

BP recently posted a document to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility website claiming that the Facility’s administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, has artificially inflated future expected losses for victims of the spill, according to the Associated Press.

The government forced BP to set up the $20 billion fund in the wake of the April, 20, 2010, BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Feinberg was installed as administrator of the fund with no guidelines for determining claims. He has come under fire for being too slow to make payments and for paying too little to those awarded payments.

BP’s claims were made February 16, the last day of the public comment period that Feinberg had initiated.

“Every study of this disaster has shown that BP made poor decisions that led to the loss of the oil rig and the contamination of the Gulf,” Itkin said. “Now they show the same attitude of indifference, if not hostility, to the many individuals and business who continue to suffer because of BP’s neglect of safety and propriety in their offshore operations.”

Eleven crew members were killed and several other workers suffered injuries when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned, exploded and collapsed in 5,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The massive rig eventually sank to the ocean bottom, and millions of gallons of oil spewed into Gulf waters, closing commercial fishing waters and wiping out tourism for several weeks.

About Arnold & Itkin LLP
The maritime accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP, a personal injury law firm based in Houston, Texas, understand the complexities and legalities of maritime law and have a successful track record of verdicts and settlements in favor of maritime workers. The law firm provides legal guidance on all aspects of maritime law and the benefits offshore workers are entitled to under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the principle of maintenance and cure, or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Arnold & Itkin LLP handles maritime claims at port cities along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The firm can be contacted toll free at (866) 222-2606 or through its website.


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