BP Oil Spill Cleanup Worker Lawsuits
Plaintiffs are filing lawsuits after being exposed to chemical dispersants used during BP oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil spill cleanup workers have reported side effects such as rashes, chemical burns, upper respiratory infections, as well as kidney and liver problems. Studies have also linked chemical dispersant exposure to an increased risk of cancer.
BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010 and is regarded as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. After the spill, BP hired contractors to spray and inject more than 1.8 million gallons of Corexit, a dangerous chemical dispersant, into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP officials allegedly told workers that it was unnecessary to wear respirators or protective ‘hazmat’ gear when handling Corexit during cleanup.
A September 2013 study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that cleanup workers were at an increased risk for cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage. The toxicity can also seep into a workers’ bone marrow, affecting their production of red blood cells.
If you or a loved one experienced side effects from handling Corexit after the BP oil spill, contact a lawyer at Hissey Kientz to learn more about your legal rights. You can contact us by calling toll-free at (866) 275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form to the right of this page.