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What the Proposed BP Oil Spill Settlement May Mean for Response Workers
Prior to allowing individuals to participate in the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
in 2010, agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), stepped in to ensure that extensive safety
measures were put in place for the protection of workers. This was
necessary because of the serious health risks that accompany exposure to
crude oil and agents used during the cleanup process.
Interim Guidance for Protecting Deepwater Horizon Response Workers and Volunteers
of tanker oil spill responses have reported adverse health effects in
response workers… These studies may underestimate the health effects
associated with the Deepwater Horizon Response activities since the
magnitude and duration of the Response is unprecedented."
spite of the efforts, however, a number of response workers still
sustained significant injuries during the cleanup process. Some
complained that protocols outlined by OSHA and other agencies were not
properly followed, increasing the risk of workers being exposed to
harmful contaminants. Despite many of the workers having documented
health complications, funding has yet to be allocated to injured
response workers by oil giant BP for their claims. In fact, even
residents and business owners for whom funds have been allocated are
continually facing challenges to receiving compensation for damages.
Analysis: BP's U.S. Gulf oil spill settlement challenges may backfire
year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims
of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging terms of the
deal in a legal strategy that could backfire with the judge who will
rule on the company's potentially hefty federal fines."
response to thousands of workers estimated to have been placed at risk,
legal advocates have devised a settlement proposal designed to help
injured response workers who had been left out of funded groups already
allocated compensation for damages resulting from the spill. For many,
this could mean the opportunity to pay for needed medical care that they
could not previously afford and obtain fair restitution for what they
were forced to endure after lending their hand to recovery efforts.
Legal and health officials are currently reviewing the proposed
BP Gulf Oil Spill Help Desk has information about the proposed
settlement and who may be eligible for compensation in accordance with
the provisions of the measure. Those who participated in cleanup efforts
following the 2010 oil spill and sustained medical injuries can contact the
help desk today to discuss their eligibility. The BP Gulf Oil Spill
Help Desk can provide a free case review for those who want more
information about their medical and legal options today.