BP Oil Spill Litigation Lawyer
Did you or your business suffer catastrophic losses as a result of the BP oil spill? If so, you may have a right to be repaid for your losses. You can find out how much your claim could be worth when you contact an experienced BP oil spill litigation lawyer at Colson Hicks Eidson today.
Colson Hicks Eidson Holds Leadership Position on the BP Lawsuit Plaintiff Steering Committee
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also called the BP oil spill) began on April 20th in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was drilling a deep exploratory well over 18,000 feet below sea level in approximately 5,100 feet of water. Methane gas under high pressure from the well shot up the pipes and into the drilling rig. There, it then ignited and exploded, consuming the platform.
The conflagration killed eleven people. Following the explosion and sinking of the rig, oil flowed out onto the seafloor for three months. This continued until it was finally capped on July 15th, making it the largest accidental oil spill in history.
The U.S. Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels or 210 million gallons.
BP Lawsuit and Claims Status
Gulf Coast property owners, homeowners, and business owners suffered great physical and financial damage as a result of BP’s grossly negligent actions. Consequently, they launched a multidistrict civil suit against the British company.
A partner from Colson Hicks Eidson was appointed by Judge Carl Barbier to the National Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the BP oil spill litigation. The Court selected just two attorneys from Florida out of hundreds of applicants.
We were honored to join the 19-person committee created to provide counsel for plaintiffs from many different districts across the southeastern United States.
How Long Do You Have to File Your Claim?
BP oil spill litigation claims need to be filed before the state’s statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations is the law that determines how long a person has to file a personal injury claim within the civil court system.
Under Florida law, BP oil spill litigation cases will need to be filed within four years. The amount of time that you have left to get your claim filed will depend on the specific details of your case.
Make sure that the statute of limitations does not become an issue for you and your family. Only an experienced BP oil spill litigation lawyer can help prevent your case from being barred due to an expired statute of limitations.
Compensation for BP Oil Spill Damages
After having suffered such devastating losses, you may be unsure of what your next steps should be. Filing both insurance and civil claims against the liable party is one of your best options to recover the compensation that you need to get through this difficult time in your life.
Your attorney will be working rigorously to build a powerful case against those responsible for your damages. We will need to review all of the ways that your life and your business have been affected by the BP oil spill in order to accurately calculate the value of your claim.
Damages are often broken up into two separate categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages have a fixed monetary value. Some of the more common types of economic damages that businesses and families like yours may be able to recover include:
- Lost income
- Medical expenses and equipment (current and future)
- Diminished earning potential
- Unexpected child care expenses
- Costs of increased insurance premiums
- Costs of maintaining the household or business
- Property damages
Non-economic damages do not have a fixed monetary value. But they are often especially impactful and should be accounted for accordingly. Some of the more common types of non-economic damages that you may be able to recover in your BP oil spill litigation claim include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Reputational damage
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of society and support
These are just a few of the various damages that you may be entitled to recover when you seek compensation in a BP oil spill litigation claim. Find out how much your damages are worth when you contact our office to set up a free consultation.
Our Multidistrict Litigation Attorneys in Florida Handle Cases Nationally
Multidistrict litigation often creates a web of intricate legal issues for clients. Colson Hicks Eidson attorneys have successfully represented clients in class actions throughout the country. At both the federal and state level, they retrieved millions in damages over the years.
At Colson Hicks Eidson, our knowledge and understanding of the law are clear. To learn how we can help you, schedule your no-cost, risk-free case review today. You can call us at 305-476-7400. You may also submit our convenient contact form to schedule a consultation with our BP oil spill litigation lawsuit attorneys today.