As a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April, fisherman, residents, volunteers, and other workers are being exposed to dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. BP estimates that its underwater siphon is drawing about 5,000 barrels per day; however, others have estimated that the spill could be as big as 20,000 to 100,000 barrels a day.
BP had been spraying hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersants on the surface and near the surfaces of the leak. Fishermen working in the Gulf to clean up this massive spill have reported health problems such as coughing, feeling weak, disoriented, tingling feelings, and a popping sensation in the ears. After feeling ill, one fisherman was told by a doctor that his lungs looked like those of a three –pack-a-day smoker, even though he has never smoked. Marine toxicologists have said that “the chemicals used by BP can wreak havoc on a person’s body and even lead to death” because they can act like a narcotic on the brain.
Because of these health concerns to people who are working to clean up the Gulf oil spill, a Louisiana Congressman has asked the White House to set up temporary health care clinics in the area.
If you have suffered adverse problems caused by inhalation or exposure to the oil, please contact us immediately to discuss your legal rights.