Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Spill Claims

Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers Helps Texas Recover From Deepwater Horizon

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire on the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig killed 11 people and caused serious injuries to 16 others. During the initial rescue efforts, 115 of the 126 people known to have been on board were evacuated. The bodies of the 11 individuals missing and now presumed dead were never located. The Deepwater Horizon broke apart and sank during the days and weeks following the explosion. The resulting oil spill is considered the worst marine environmental disaster in U.S. history. The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill & Offshore Drilling found seven separate instances of negligence or oversight that directly or indirectly contributed to this environmental disaster.

Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers represents victims of industrial explosions and accidents to hold companies accountable for their failures in protecting the safety of their workers.

A Lasting Legacy of Environmental Damage

Shortly after the explosion occurred, an oil leak was detected emanating from the underwater portion of the rig. The exact location of the leak was not immediately identified. However, it was eventually determined that the leak was at the main wellhead and that it was not responding to attempts to cap or to seal the oil away from the ocean. It is estimated that approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico between April 2010 and September 2010.

Many Texas businesses were financially impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and have already submitted claims for evaluation under the court-approved Economic and Property Damages Settlement. Individuals in Houston, Texas City and Galveston who suffered business losses or property damage due to the explosion and consequent oil spill are eligible to participate in this settlement; late claims are still being accepted for economic damages caused by the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Personal Injury

Not all of the injured victims of the Deepwater Horizon incident were on board the rig that day. Clean-up workers and residents of the beachfronts and wetlands affected by the spill are also included in the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement. Wrongful death claims and offshore injuries sustained during the initial explosion were handled separately; work injury claims related to the clean-up efforts, however, can still be filed with the administrator for the settlement.

At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we specialize in representing victims who have been injured or who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of other individuals or large corporations. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has left an indelible mark on the natural ecosystems of the Gulf Coast and has affected the quality of life for many in our area.

If you have suffered an injury or loss as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill or any other industrial accident, contact the attorneys at Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers to discuss your legal situation and to begin the recovery process.