Nearly two years after being at the center of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. History, BP has struck a settlement with U.S. agencies. As part of the agreement, the company faces up to $5 billion in fines and potential arrests of company employees on criminal charges. This settlement stems from the April 2010 explosion of one of BP's mobile offshore drilling units, Deepwater Horizon. Due to the explosion, 11 people were killed, and the Gulf of Mexico was engulfed by oil for 87 days. While the terms of the settlement have yet to be officially released, the reported $5 billion fine would make this settlement the largest ever issued by the Department of Justice. Previously, the record was a $1.2 billion fine issued on on drug maker Pfizer in 2009. If you ever suffer a work related injury on a ship near Houston, contact a Jones Act and Maritime attorney like ourselves. With the right legal representation, you can get fairly compensated for your injuries.