BP Oil Spill Cancer
Nationwide Legal Help For Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Sufferers
BP Oil Spill Cleanup Worker Injury Lawsuits
Thousands of BP workers and volunteers hired to clean up after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion have developed very serious illnesses.
Symptoms range from severe headaches and shortness of breath, to neurological damage, respiratory problems and cancer.
If you were a part of the oil spill cleanup, and you believe your health was damaged because of this work, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
On April 20th, 2010, the BP-operated offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded. The fire caused by the explosion was inextinguishable and days later the rig sank, leaving the oil well gushing at the seabed. This caused the largest oil spill in U.S. waters in history.
It is estimated that more than 4.4 million barrels of crude spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following the massive explosion. In an attempt to combat the spill, more than 1.8 million gallons of a chemical dispersants, including Corexit, were sprayed over or injected into the water to break up the oil.
Cleanup workers began to experience side effects from exposure to these chemicals just one year after cleanup efforts began.
A study conducted by doctors at Houston’s University Cancer and Diagnostic Centers and reported in the American Journal of Medicine, sheds new light on the potential health repercussions for the more than 170,000 people who worked in some capacity to clean up the 2010 spill.
Unlike refined gasoline and oil, crude oil is a viscous substance that contains a long list of chemicals known to be toxic, such as benzene, a powerful carcinogen.
“Benzene is a very toxic substance. It’s easily absorbed through tissues, such as your skin,” said Mark A. D’Andrea, the lead author of the study and medical director for the University Cancer and Diagnostic Centers. “Once it enters your system, it affects several organs.”
Benzene is associated with a heightened risk of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).
According to the American Cancer Society, benzene not only increases the risk of AML and other cancers but makes irreparable changes to the bone marrow which may also cause permanent damage to the reproductive organs, low blood platelet count, anemia, and low white blood cell count.
While the long-term consequences of benzene exposure may be life-altering or even fatal, there are also a number of potentially dangerous short-term effects of benzene exposure, such as:
Eye, skin, and throat irritation
Rapid heart rate
Oil spill cleanup workers were also exposed to Corexit, a chemical dispersant used to clean up the spill.
Reports show that the majority of the workers and volunteers who participated in the cleanup efforts were assured that Corexit was as safe as dishwasher soap, and they were told that there was no need to protect themselves against exposure.
However, research conducted since the cleanup efforts suggests that Corexit makes it easier for the organs and skin to absorb crude oil and the toxins its carries.
Some of the short-term conditions associated with Corexit exposure include:
Blood in urine
Burning and lesions
Multiple chemical sensitivity
Nervous system damage
Neurological damage resulting in memory loss
Rapid weight loss
Respiratory system damage
Long-term health effects associated with Corexit exposure include:
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You
It has become apparent that BP neglected to protect workers and volunteers who participated in the the cleanup efforts after the explosion.
If you, or someone you love, were exposed to toxins as a result of the BP oil spill, please contact our firm today for a free consultation with our toxic exposure lawsuit team.
We may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.