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BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill / Commercial Shrimpers Damage Claims

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon caused it to sink in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig disaster also allowed oil to leak from the sea floor at a rate of at least 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day. The oil spill is taking its toll on local businesses, especially commercial shrimpers along the Florida Gulf Coast.

Because the rig was located only 50 miles away from Louisiana’s coast, the spill has put the shrimping industry into a state of emergency.

The maritime attorneys of Arnold & Itkin understand that the Transocean Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill has resulted in catastrophic injury, environmental damage, and financial loss. We provide a comprehensive legal response for all commercial shrimpers negatively affected by the actions of the responsible parties, including petroleum giant BP. If your livelihood has been endangered, contact our Houston oil spill attorneys to discuss the legal remedies available by calling 1 888-498-8212 or by filling out our online contact form.

The timing of the oil spill coincided with the start of the shrimp season. The annual shrimp season normally opens in mid-May and had been expected to open early this year. Instead, the oil has caused shrimp fishing areas to remain closed and seafood prices to rise across the country. The huge oil slick is directly in the path of shrimp making their way out to sea in order to spawn.

The Gulf produces over 70 percent of the nation’s domestically produced shrimp, which was valued at $442 million in 2008, the last year for which federal figures were available. People who depend on the Gulf Coast region for their livelihood are facing an unknown future. It’s too early to say yet how the oil spill will affect the second shrimp season, which typically lasts from August through December.

The commercial shrimp industry is a vital part of the Gulf Coast economy. It is impossible to count the number of people whose livelihoods depend on shrimp in one way or another. The oil spill threatens to destroy their livelihoods. In fact, the complete ramifications of the oil spill are unknown, but certainly will extend beyond clean-up. Because the already contaminated shrimp will die, shrimpers are especially concerned that there may not be enough shrimp left to reproduce next year. Several commercial shrimpers have already filed lawsuits against the companies that are allegedly responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

As a commercial shrimper, 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 shrimp 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 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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