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Deepwater Horizon Spill

Consult a Deepwater Horizon Accident Attorney Promptly

There are still many questions about how much immediate and lasting damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will finally be recognized as the result of the spill.  Although British Petroleum (BP) was required by the U.S. government to set aside a large sum for victim compensation, who will ultimately pay and how much they will have to pay are still very much open issues—especially since there are so many victims who may be entitled to compensation.  If you are one of these victims, you should consult a oil spill attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are not shut out of compensation for which you are eligible.

Identifying the Wrongdoers in the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Those most likely to be found liable are the owner and operator of the drilling rig that was involved in the oil spill.  Swiss-based Transocean was the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig.  BP was the operator of the rig, and many people refer to the disaster as the BP oil spill.  Other third parties may also find themselves liable.  This is especially true if they were involved in the maintenance or supervision of an element involved in the oil spill.  For example, Halliburton was a contractor for Transocean in cementing the oil well, and it faces potential liability in the future.

Laws Regulating Oil Spill Civil Liability

Federal laws have an effect on oil spill liability.  Many federal laws have been passed that can be used against companies, including—

  • Clean Water Act: The Clean Water Act is the main federal law that regulates water pollution.  It carries civil penalties and fines. The penalties under the Clean Water Act were increased after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
  • Oil Pollution Act of 1990:   The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was passed in response to the Exxon spill.  It expanded the ability of the federal government to respond to oil spills.  It also increased penalties for companies that do not comply with regulations.
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Endangered Species Act:  The Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act are laws that provide penalties for injuries and death to wildlife and bird species.  Many animals are injured or killed by oil spills.  The penalties can add up quickly.

State laws also have an effect on liability.  States have the authority to pass laws that govern oil spills.  State courts are also where many people turn to file lawsuits against companies involved in oil spills. Consult qualified Deepwater Horizon accident attorney Henry C. Dailey, Jr., P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama for information on how these and personal injury laws apply in your case stemming from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

How Oil Spill Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or has died or you have suffered economic loss as a result of oil industry negligence, you will need an experienced attorney to help:

  • Uncover the reasons why and cause of the explosion
  • Face off against an enormous corporation

The thought of becoming involved in oil spill litigation may be overwhelming. You need the help of focused oil spill lawyers to fashion a solution that will benefit your particular needs and bring closure to your situation.  Call us at 866-421-2413 or contact Henry C. Dailey, Jr., P.C. online today for help with oil spill litigation and personal injury matters.  We have the experience, dedication, resources, and resolve to fight for your rights to compensation.



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