The Potential Plaintiffs of the Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuits
- The Family Members of the People Who Died in the Explosion. The Death on the High Seas Act may entitle family members of those who lost their lives in the accident to recover damages.
- Anyone Injured in the Explosion. Maritime law allows people who were injured in the course of maritime employment to recover damages for their injuries.
- Commercial Fishermen. Commercial fishermen may sue for lost income created by the unsafe conditions and the effect of the spill on the fish and shellfish of their region.
- Charter Boat Captains and Resorts. These groups may be able to sue for lost income because tourists will not be spending their money to visit places effected by the oil spill.
- Individual Property Owners. Property owners may sue for damage to their property, a decline in property value and loss of rental income.
- State and Local Governments. State and local governments may be able to sue BP for financial damages incurred by the accident. Those damages may include things such as lost recreational boat fees and the costs of environmental cleanup efforts.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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- If I submit a federal claim for Gulf oil spill damages, does that mean I can't join a private or class action lawsuit?