Can BP Oil Spill Response Workers Be Helped By Health Outreach Programs?
The BP Gulf Oil Spill Help Desk discusses proposed solutions for helping injured oil spill workers. "
03/25/2014 // BP Oil Spill Claim Website // Greg Vigna
Four years after the 2010 massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico altered the lives of Gulf Coast residents, business owners, and others, BP, the oil giant responsible for the spill continues to refute damage claims. Fortunately for victims; however, in several civil actions brought forth thus far, courts have refused to allow the company leeway in shunning responsibility.
Court rejects BP claim that Gulf oil spill settlement is unfair
“A federal appeals court in New Orleans rejected the argument by British oil giant BP that it should not have to pay claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill if claimants cannot prove the economic losses to their businesses were directly the result of the disaster.”
For more information about the BP oil spill settlement, please visit http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2014/0304/Court-rejects-BP-claim-that-Gulf-oil-spill-settlement-is-unfair-video.
Court Says BP’s Spill Agreement Is Binding
“In a setback for BP as it deals with the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the company would have to stick to its agreement and pay some gulf businesses for economic damage without their having to prove it was caused by the spill.”
For more information about the BP oil spill agreement, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/business/energy-environment/court-says-bps-spill-agreement-is-binding.html?_r=0.
When it comes to the claims of those injured by participating in the cleanup of the spill, the fight for just compensation has been even tougher. Many still continue to suffer the effects of never being included in a funded group to receive compensation for medical expenses and other damages they have incurred as a result of being exposed to toxins during the cleanup process. Studies have shown that not only does exposure to crude oil increase the risk of developing certain cancers and other conditions, but exposure to the chemical dispersants used to break up oil after the 2010 spill can have damaging effects as well.
Although thousands of cleanup workers have not been provided direct assistance from settlement funding, health outreach programs have been put in place to help communities as a whole. Many injured workers question whether these programs provide help for them. The BP Gulf Oil Spill Help Desk says some components of the programs may be beneficial for those injured during cleanup; however restrictions placed on multiple key projects have led to a number of injured workers being left out of the opportunity to receive help. One example is The Integrated Primary Care Capacity Project, which is limited to providing healthcare services only to those in select geographical areas served.
Health officials and legal advocates say injured oil spill workers may be best served by a proposed settlement to help them obtain compensation for medical costs and other damages they’ve acquired. The BP Gulf Oil Spill Help Desk is available to answer questions for those interested in learning more about the settlement proposal and other current means of support. Individuals may contact the help desk today for a free case review to assess their medical and legal options.
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