May 6, 2010 – Last month’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion could very well become an economic and environmental catastrophe that could devastate the Gulf Coast region for years to come. The April 20th explosion initially claimed 11 lives, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil have been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico ever since.
The accident began when an explosion occurred on the drilling platform of the rig. The majority of the workers on the Deepwater Horizon abandoned ship and were subsequently rescued, but 11 were killed in the explosion and 17 more were severely injured. The massive oil rig sank on April 23rd, and currently sits upside down on the ocean floor. The oil spill was caused when a riser (the pipe that carries oil from the wellhead on the ocean floor up to the rig) was dragged and twisted when the rig sank, causing the pipe to break in three separate places.
BP officials said that shutting off the well (which sits nearly a mile underwater on the ocean floor) will be an extremely complicated task that could take weeks or even months. According to current estimates, the total cost of the cleanup could easily run into the billions of dollars. To date, the massive oil slick has spread to 3,500 square miles, roughly the size of Puerto Rico.
Do I have an Oil Spill Lawsuit?
The Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in environmental catastrophe lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation throughout the Gulf Coast and currently accepting new oil spill cases in all affected states.
If you or somebody you know has suffered an economic loss related to your Gulf Coast business or coastal property, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an oil spill lawsuit and we can help. We are currently accepting cases and/or claims in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.