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BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill / Florida Vacation Business Damage Claims

BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill / Florida Vacation Business 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 vacation businesses along the Florida Gulf Coast.

As the tides and winds have changed and carried the oil into the Gulf’s Loop Current, the $60 billion tourism business of Florida is now being threatened. The oil could be taken not only toward Florida’s west coast, but down to the Florida Keys and perhaps on to Miami’s beaches. Prime fishing waters, unspoiled beaches, and wildlife are at risk for environmental devastation.

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 individuals negatively affected by the actions of the parties liable for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including the giant petroleum company BP.

If your vacation property or business has been harmed by the oil spill, the lawyers of Arnold & Itkin LLP can help. We concentrate in maritime law cases and have expertise in Gulf Coast injury cases. Contact our Houston oil spill attorneys to discuss the legal remedies available by calling 1 888-498-8212 or by using our online contact form.

Tourism in Florida, especially in the spring and summer months, has long been the lifeblood of the Florida coast. In fact, the Florida Panhandle takes in 90 percent of its crucial tourism revenue during the summer. Even if the oil that reaches Florida is a lighter, greatly diminished sheen, any business that relies on tourism and fishing, such as local restaurants, amusement parks, beaches, and retail shops, will be affected. A Board Member of Commercial Fishermen of America estimates that costs to the Florida tourism industry could total $3 billion.

Even those who are able to continue their business have been negatively affected by the perception that the Florida beaches are already ruined. Some hotels in the Florida Panhandle have already seen 50 percent cancellation due to spill concerns. The head of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association in Tallahassee remarks that Florida is ” fighting hysterical hype here as well as the spill.”  Of course, nobody knows for sure what all the dispersants might do to Florida’s delicate ecology, especially its coral reefs.

The oil spill has had a drastic impact on many industries, businesses, and individuals. If you have been affected, you may be able to recover economic loss damages, including money for property and personal damages, and lost past and future profits.

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 use our online contact form.

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