It’s difficult to quantify the effects of the disaster when they are still rippling through communities across the Gulf.
Houston, Texas (Vocus/PRWEB) April 18, 2011
Houston maritime attorney Jason Itkin said the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still being felt by many communities and workers along the Gulf coast as the first anniversary of the disaster approaches.
“Workers, families and small businesses across the Gulf are still trying to recover physically, financially and emotionally from the BP oil spill,” said Itkin, a partner in Arnold & Itkin LLP, a Houston, Texas law firm that represents injured offshore workers and those harmed by the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. “Some still need help getting back on their feet and receiving fair compensation for their losses.”
A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine said the full environmental, economic and health effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill remain unclear a year after the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
The study said the catastrophic accident does underscore the vulnerability of humans and ecosystems to environmental changes such as oil spills.
As much as 200 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. More than a million gallons of oil dispersants were dumped in the water with still unknown health consequences.
“It’s difficult to quantify the effects of the disaster when they are still rippling through communities across the Gulf,” Itkin said. “For that reason, we think that quick payouts often undervalue the actual cost of the losses and do more to relieve the oil companies of liability than to help workers and small businesses.”
The Deepwater Horizon, a massive offshore oil rig leased to BP PLC, was drilling southeast of Venice, La., in 5,000 feet of water when it exploded April 20, 2010, after a well blowout. Most of the 126-member crew escaped from the burning oil rig before it sank into the Gulf. But 11 rig workers died and 30 others were seriously injured.
As deepwater drilling resumes in the Gulf of Mexico, Houston maritime accident attorney Kurt Arnold said it’s important to keep pressing oil and gas exploration companies to focus on safer drilling practices and precautions to protect offshore workers and prevent loss of life.
“We should never forget that 11 workers lost their lives in the BP Deepwater Horizon and consider the lasting impact that maritime disaster had on the families of offshore workers,” said Arnold, a partner in Arnold & Itkin LLP.
“The subsequent investigation has shown that the loss of life was preventable if BP had focused on safety," he said. "We will keep asking if enough has been done to protect offshore workers and prevent another disaster.”
About Arnold & Itkin LLP
The Houston maritime accident and injury 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 online contact form.