Veterinarians affected by oil spill seek compensation

The disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 has had far reaching economic  and environmental impacts.

Fishermen and other people whose livelihoods depend on the sea have suffered severe economic losses. Losses have trickled down to others who provide goods and services to these individuals. Some veterinarians who serve in areas that were devastated by the oil spill noticed sharp declines in their revenue as people who work in the water lost wages and could no longer afford to take their pets in for care.

People who have lost revenue because of the spill may be eligible for claims against BP. To qualify, they must be able to show a drastic decrease in their income between the year before the spill, the year of the spill, and then a return to normal income the year after the spill.

If you have suffered significant economic losses due to the BP oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill claims lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

BP oil spill settlement moves forward

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier preliminarily approved a settlement against BP for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. He will hold a further hearing on November 8 before giving his final approval on the matter.

BP estimates that the proposed settlement will cost the company $7.8 billion. Over 100,000 claims have been filed against BP for various economic losses sustained by people in the area affected by the spill.

The class-action settlement does not include federal or state claims against the company, which are more concerned with the environmental impact of the spill.

If you have suffered losses as a result of the Gulf oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill claims attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

Shrimp processors protest BP settlement terms

Members of the American Shrimp Processors Association have requested a federal judge to delay his decision on a $2.3 billion settlement with BP for economic damages following the Gulf oil spill. The shrimp processors feel that they are unfairly excluded from the settlement.

The settlement is meant for seafood-related claims. The shrimp processors argue that they play a very important role in the industry and have suffered losses equal to those of shrimping boats that are included in the settlement.

BP will be paying out more than $7 billion to businesses and other groups who suffered adverse effects as a result of its disastrous 2010 oil spill.

If you have suffered economic losses as a direct result of BP’s oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill claims attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

Former BP engineer arrested for obstruction of justice

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice after deleting hundreds of text messages from his phone that contained important information concerning the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company specifically ordered employees to retain all information concerning the oil well, including text messages.

He is the first person to face criminal charges in relation to the BP oil spill.

Mr. Mix is being accused of deleting¬† important information about the spill’s rate of flow. A precise measurement of the oil that spilled into the ocean is a crucial detail because it determines how much BP will be fined in accordance with the US Clean Water Act.

Mr. Mix was part of a team BP set up to determine how much oil was being drained into the ocean. Mix exchanged texts with one of his supervisors and a contractor during his time on this special internal team.

Of the over 200 texts that were deleted, investigators were able to forensically recover some of them. Recovered texts indicated that the actual amount of oil gushing from the well was much higher than BP’s public reports indicated. One such text put the measurement at over 15,000 barrels a day, while the public report was only 5,000 at the time.

The BP oil disaster had a profound environmental impact on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If your life or business has been adversely affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill, contact the Gulf oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart today at 800-821-1544.

Pensacola reopens to commercial fishing

The waters of Pensacola are reopened to commercial fishing of shrimp and finfish, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.

This announcement is the newest region that has reopened to commercial fishing. These announcements are not only a help to consumers,but also fishermen whose livelihoods are based on the ability to sell fish.

Areas in Mississippi and Louisiana have been reopened, but all areas in Alabama remain closed. Many fishermen are uneasy about the reopening the waters because the conditions may still be unsatisfactory.

If you or a loved one has suffered economically from the oil spill, contact the Oil spill economic impact lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544 today.

Lawyers wonder how BP will maintain $20 billion fund

Lawyers question how BP Plc will be protecting and replenishing the $20 billion find that was set up to pay damage claims from the oil spill.

Two funds have been set up by BP, one $20 billion fund for spill damage claims and $100 billion fund to aid workers in the oilfield that were injured after the spill.

Lawyers are now asking to see formation and agreement documents that have been signed by BP. The company is currently facing 300 lawsuits from people who have had property damage and damages to the tourist and fishing businesses because of the spill.

If you have suffered property damage or loss of income for your business due to the oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill economic impact lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544.

Businesses and property take serious blow from oil spill

The sales of property in the Gulf Coast have gone down due to the recent oil spill. One area in particular that has seen a downfall in sales is the luxury home market.

Toll Brothers, the largest luxury home builder, has already reported that they have seen a 20 percent decrease in sales. They have reported that the reason for the decrease is American’s negative outlook about the entire gulf area.

There are other reasons associated with the decrease such as the elimination of tax credit after the buying a home and a economic issues in Europe.

If you or a loved one has suffered from the economic impact of the oil spill, contact the Gulf of Mexico economic impact lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544.

Residents worry about tourism and fishing after oil spill

Nearly seven weeks after the oil spill, hundreds of thousands of patches of oil are heading in different directions and making their way to the coastline. Residents along the coast that depend on tourism and fishing are wondering how they can salvage the season.

An owner of a surf shop in Panama City Beach, who depends on the tourists  to buy souvenirs, has recently been told that oil will be reaching the beach within 72 hours. He has been calling vendors to tell them to stop sending shipments of flip-flops, t-shirts and other beach attire.

The oil spill’s patchy nature is also confusing tourists who are trying to plan summer vacations because they are not sure where the oil will be when it is time for their beach trip. People who rely on fishing to make a living are also facing difficulty. Even if there is no oil in their area, business is still slow because people think that seafood from the gulf coast area is not safe.

If the oil spill has dramatically effected your economic livelihood or you have questions on how to make a property damage claim, contact the oil spill economic impact attorneys of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544.





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