The Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20th, claiming 11 lives in the process, and since then it has spewed between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Every day, 1.47 million to 2.5 million gallons of oil are polluting the Gulf of Mexico. It has irrevocably damaged the ecosystem and killed untold numbers of wildlife. This spill is the largest in American history.

You may have a legitimate claim—resulting from either the April 20 catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform or the subsequent oil spill in and around the Gulf of Mexico—if you experienced any of the following:

  • Were injured or lost a loved one in the oil well blowout and fire.
  • Have temporarily or permanently lost income or wages from suspended business activities like:
  • Commercial fishing, including wholesale and retail sales of seafood
  • Tourism businesses like beachfront hotels & resorts, charter boats and sport fishing, deep-water diving, group tours & excursions, vacation rentals, and waterfront restaurants.
  • Incurred significant personal or commercial property damage along the Gulf Shore as a local resident or business owner.
  • Represent a local government or non-profit organization that has sustained damage to reefs, wildlife or coastal wetlands; contamination of water-related services; spill clean-up costs; and other issues affecting your constituents or members.

Victims of the Florida Gulf Oil Spill

When BP executive Tony Hayward stated that he “wants his life back,” he was able to take a weekend off and spend it on his $700,000 yacht.  True victims of the Gulf Oil Spill, however, are not so privileged. For people in the Gulf of Mexico who work every day to earn their incomes, the Deepwater Horizon explosion has been devastating. Oil continues to gush from the well and has reached the shores of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

If you are an owner, manager, or worker in any of the following industries, and you have been affected by the oil spill, a Tampa personal injury attorney at Ligori & Sanders, Attorneys at Law can represent your case. Areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial fishing
  • Commercial shrimping
  • Other industries involving commercial seafood
  • Waterfront restaurants, hotels, and vacation homes
  • Real estate companies with waterfront properties
  • Commercial and private boat owners
  • Marina and dock owners and operators
  • Tour companies

Legal Representation for Victims of the Gulf Oil Spill

Whether you have suffered damaged property, loss of income, or loss of compensation because of the Gulf Oil Spill, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Thousands of people have had to file for unemployment because of the explosion, and the number will only grow as the oil continues to spew into the ocean and wash up on our shores. British Petroleum needs to be held accountable for the extreme amount of problems that it has caused. They have already been fined more than $100 million for other unrelated negligence claims.

Our Tampa personal injury lawyers are committed to providing justice for victims of negligence and recklessness. There is no question that BP is responsible for the explosion and subsequent spill.  We will work to get you the restitution you need to get back on your feet.

Contact a Florida Gulf Oil spill attorney at our firm today for your free consultation.