Health Problems Caused by Fumes and Chemicals

Clean-up workers and coastal residents are eligible for compensation if they experienced certain acute symptoms (including dizziness, headaches, and eye irritation) after being exposed to contaminated water or property.  Your compensation is based on your location, whether you sought medical treatment, and whether you appear on a number of BP’s internal databases.  If you want to know what your claim may be worth, please contact us today.

If you have suffered an injury or illness caused by the recent oil spill, you may have grounds for pursuing compensation from the parties responsible. If successful, a personal injury claim could help you receive repayment for your medical bills, missed work, and other losses. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the oil spill sickness lawyers of Williams Hart today at 800-821-1544.

Short-Term Consequences

People can be exposed to oil from the spill in many ways, such as participating in cleanup efforts, swimming in contaminated waters, or breathing polluted air. The immediate effects of exposure to oil and its byproducts can include:

  • Headaches and/or dizziness
  • Respiratory problems
  • Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
  • Irritation of the eyes

The presence of oil in soil or water — or oil fumes in the air — can also place people at risk for dangerous accidents. People involved in the oil spill cleanup are particularly at risk for falls, accidental fires, and other health hazards.

Long-Term Consequences

Of course, it is difficult to predict what the long-term consequences of the BP oil spill will be. Because this disaster has occurred on such a large scale, researchers are concerned that its effects on people’s health may be felt for years to come. Exposure to oil and dispersants may be linked to many health complications, including:

  • Increased risk of certain types of cancer
  • Damage to the central nervous system
  • Kidney or liver damage

At this time, medical professionals are still unsure how the recent oil spill will affect the health of people in the region. If you have been exposed to oil or its fumes and feel concerned about its effects, it is important to discuss the issue with a qualified physician.

Contact an Oil Spill Injury Attorney

If you have suffered an illness or injury and believe the recent oil spill is the cause, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your losses. For more information, contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill sickness attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

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