Long Beach Oil Spill Damages Attorney

Long Beach Resort is defined by its access to the Gulf of Mexico and pristine beaches, perfect for a pleasant walk or for a relaxing place to read and enjoy the sun. Long Beach, like many resorts in the Panama City area, is an important attraction to this area. Panama City and its surrounding beaches are dependent on high-traffic summer months to sustain its tourism-based economy. That economy was seriously hindered by the BP oil spill that began in April of 2010.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill spewed contaminating oil throughout much of the Gulf of Mexico, wreaking havoc on aquatic life and the natural beauty of the Gulf region. Innocent communities, businesses and people were deeply impacted by this disaster. The effect of this oil spill was not contained when the leak was capped. In fact, the effects of this disaster will likely be felt for years to come.

Economic Impact

Fishing is important to the economic success of several different commercial arenas, including tourism. Fishermen who were dependent on Federally-regulated waters of the Gulf saw their businesses effectively shut down due to circumstances beyond their control. Without fresh-caught Gulf fish and shrimp, seafood restaurants were unable to provide their primary service to customers, and tourists who came to escape their daily lives were unable to fully enjoy the vacation they worked so diligently to pay for.

Beach communities like Long Beach have been hit with both material costs of clean up and damage repair caused by the presence of oil and tar on their beaches. But even these costs do not encompass all that was lost by area residents and businesspersons. Many people canceled existing vacation plans or instead directed their tourist-dollars to communities outside the reach of the oil spill, resulting in significant profit losses for resorts and other businesses in Long Beach.

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These losses cannot be overlooked. A successful civil lawsuit may be able to recover financial compensation for damages already incurred as well as those that are reasonably anticipated in the future. Contact the Long Beach oil spill attorneys at Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544 for more information regarding your legal options.

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