Proposed Solutions for Helping Injured BP Oil Spill Workers
11/25/2013 // BP Oil Spill Claim Website (Press Release) // BP Gulf Oil Spill Help Desk // (press release)
In 2012 oil spill workers and volunteers were invited by the Surgeon General to enlist in a study aimed at assessing physical or mental health problems linked to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
22 May 2012: Surgeon General invites oil spill workers to join the NIH Gulf Long Term Follow Up Study (GuLF STUDY)
“Launched last February, the GuLF STUDY is the largest health study of its kind ever conducted among cleanup workers and volunteers. The study is being conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and is expected to last up to 10 years. Over time, the GuLF STUDY will generate important data that may help inform policy decisions on health care and health services in the region and its findings may also influence responses to future oil spills and similar disasters.”
For more information about the GuLF STUDY please visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsroom/releases/2012/may22/index.cfm.
Many response workers who aided in the cleanup of the spill continue to have questions today regarding how they can receive compensation for injuries they sustained from exposure to oil and toxic chemicals used in the cleanup. Response workers were among the only group of individuals who were directly impacted by the massive oil spill, but left out of funded groups that were eligible to receive compensation from oil giant BP, despite billions of dollars already being set aside for victims including businesses destroyed by the disaster.
Court hears arguments on BP oil spill settlement
“As of Friday, payments have been made to more than 38,000 people and businesses for an estimated $3.7 billion. Tens of thousands more could file claims in the coming months.
For more information about the BP oil spill settlement court case, please visit http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_24449397/court-hear-arguments-bp-oil-spill-settlement.
According to the BP Gulf Oil Spill Help Desk, a settlement has been proposed to help response workers who were exposed to unsafe conditions and injured as a result. The proposed settlement is still under review, and if approved, will provide compensation for qualifying injured workers for medical expenses and other damages they have incurred due to their cleanup participation. Individuals may contact the help desk today for more information about the proposed oil spill settlement and to obtain a free case review.
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