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Gulf Coast Oil Spill / Commercial Fishermen Economic Damage Claims

The oil spill that resulted from the April 20, 2010, explosion and sinking of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has put the commercial fishing industry in jeopardy. Since the explosion, it has been estimated that at least 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of crude oil a day has poured out of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig. Fishing areas have been closed, and a Board Member of Commercial Fishermen of America estimates that costs just to the Louisiana fishing industry could total $2.5 billion.

If you or somebody you know has been injured by the oil spill, the maritime attorneys of Arnold & Itkin can help. We provide a comprehensive legal response for all individuals negatively affected by the actions of the negligent parties. If your livelihood has been endangered, contact our Houston oil spill attorneys to discuss the legal remedies available by calling 1877-398-4972 or by using our online contact form.

Shrimping, fishing and oyster harvesting are the most obvious industries directly impacted by the Transocean Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill. However, commerce is closely linked and the adverse effects on these industries has had a domino effect on Gulf Coast maritime industries. One example: forage fish such as menhaden, pogeys, and shad are ground up into fishmeal. This is the primary source of food for poultry and pen-raised fish such as catfish and salmon. These forage fish, along with fish waste parts, are used to make pet foods, cosmetics, and animal products.

The available area for commercial fishermen has shrunk as the federal government has closed Gulf Coast fishing areas. The no-fishing zone now spans more than 47,000 square miles in the Gulf and may be expanded based on the wind, currents and tides. Even those who are able to continue their business have been negatively affected by the perception that Gulf seafood is tainted with oil.

The oil spill has had a drastic impact on many industries, businesses, and individuals. As a commercial fisherman, you may be entitled to damages for the economic harm caused by this avoidable disaster. We can help you collect money from BP, who was drilling at the time of the oil rig explosion, and other liable parties. If you have been affected, you may be able to recover financial compensation for property and personal damages, lost past and future profits, and loss of the fishing areas where you earned your livelihood.

Contact the qualified, professional attorneys of Arnold & Itkin LLP, for an evaluation of your case. We serve clients throughout the nation, and we work hard to maximize our clients’ recoveries. We take more maritime law cases to trial than many other firms because our preparation and hard work allow us to go into the courtroom with the confidence that we will win. Call us today at 1 888-498-8212 or contact us online.

Those Affected...
Commercial Fishermen
Oyster Farmers
Commercial Shrimpers
Florida Vacation Business
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