Bill Bohack and the Deepwater Horizon Settlement
Having been inspired by his mother, Bill Bohack has actively been involved in helping those affected by oil spillage that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, the year 2010. It took 87 days to cap the leak. During all this time, there was continuous leakage of oil into the sea waters on the gulf. As a result, millions of gallons, averaging to hundred and ten, of crude oil were dumped into the sea. Analysts and reputable research firms have indicated that the main cause of the crude oil spillage was negligence of BP and its subcontractors. Below are some of the impacts of the oil explosion which led Bill Bohack to initiate survivethespill.com and bpclaims.org, with the aim of helping those who were affected by the tragedy.
As a result of the explosion underwent by the deepwater horizon drilling rig, most of the components of crude oil such as tar deposits, oil deposits and other elements dispersed along the beaches and shore line in the Mexico. The government, activists and other individuals campaigned for quick removal of those pollutants. To help contain the situation, an estimate of 7000 vessels and 90000 employees were assembled throughout the region with a sole purpose-to put the situation under control, disperse and remove all the crude oil deposits. This process was started on the summer of 2010.
To assist in effective and more efficient removal of the oil and tar deposits, professionals from BP advised that they use COREXIT. This is a dispersant that was used to break down big molecules of the crude oil. On breaking the pollutant to smaller particles, they would later float to the surface, leaving them suspended on the sea water and on the ocean floor. Little precaution was given onto those who took part in the cleanup process hence most of them failed to use protection masks, gloves and other appropriate measures to avoid coming into body contact with toxic and other poisonous substances to which they were exposed to.
With time, most of the crew that worked in the cleanup activities began to experience healthy problems. Medical tests carried on those alleging ill fillings depicted clearly that they were undergoing damages in their critical internal organs. A study carried by Georgia institute of technology in the year 2012 revealed that although COREXIT could act as a dispersant it could also react with oil to form an even stronger toxic product. Scientists have been able to ascertain that COREXIT contains harmful substances and chemicals. If these chemicals come into conduct with human body, the victim can suffer from damaged red blood cells, damaged liver, and kidneys. Symptoms of these side effects include internal bleeding; lose of eye sight, increased chemicals in the flesh and at some other extremes the victims may die.
The explosion underwent by the deepwater horizon drilling rig also caused other triggers of several lawsuits. Apart from oil spillage, the explosion robed more than 11 employees off their lives. Side effects of the explosion have posed a critical danger within a short time, leave alone what analysts say of the tragedy in the long run.
Fishermen were some of the victims who experienced unbearable immediate effects. Oil spillage is known of its negative impacts on aquatic lives. After the explosion, air could not pass freely in the deep waters. Most of the fish could not survive such an environment, with most of the inhabitants such as fish dying or migrating to other parts of the sea. This lead to loss of business to the fishermen hence right to compensation.
Other stake holders affected by the tragedy were the chartered boat seafood captains. These captains could hardly make ends meet hence need for compensation. Their sources of income were incapacitated by the explosion as the marine life could not be supported any more.
Business men along the beaches were also among the first people to be affected directly by the explosion. Tourists avoided the Gulf region, with the results being vacant beaches and coast lines. As the news of the oil spillage continued to be spread in areas around the globe, nearly none of the potential visitors could afford travelling to the region. As a result, hotel owners, resorts and restaurants had to seek for compensation from BP and its subcontractors for lost business.
Chances for the average person affected by this tragedy to file for BP settlement and succeed were quit minimal. Bill Bohack, a renowned activist took this opportunity to help those who were supposedly made to face tough fight as they seek for justice. Bill Bohack played a very critical role in formation of survivethespill.com and bpclaims.org. Survive the spill came first as an initial response to the people who had been affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Later the numbers of people who had been affected rose than expected. Due increased number of complaints, Bill Bohack decided to form bpclaims.org. Assisting all those filing cases against BP and its subcontractors to succeed in their quest for compensation and earn justice was the main agenda of Bill Bohack.
With the two sites Bill Bohack was able to break down lawsuits to several categories. Some of the different categories of claims included medical claims, property value claims, property damage claims, crabber claims, fishermen claims, oystermen claims, business claims, individual claims, VOO claims, shrimper’s claims, etc. Every department established by Bill Bohack consisted of qualified lawyers and attorneys, with experience in that field to facilitate good service to the clients.
Bill Bohack has ensured a system whereby each department is run by the appropriate personnel. This gives the victims chance to have the right lawyer handling their case. He has put measures in place to enable the schemes to handle every lawsuit presented to them successfully. Both survivethespill.com and bpclaims.org objectives is to match the claimant with a member of the lawyers that has abundant experience with that specific type of claim. This strategy has proved to bear fruits to those who have come to seek help from the organization.
It is quite evident that Bill Bohack efforts in making BP Settlement and BP Claims successful are recommendable. He has been able to help workers became sick from the Corexit, owners of Resorts and Hotels on the gulf coast, businesses that relied on tourists and employees who lost their incomes due to loss of jobs. The activist is advocating for compensation of even those residing along the Gulf arguing that effect of corexit in the air could lead to cancer, skin and respiratory complications. An approximated 200,000 people are expected to be compensated by BP and its subcontractors due to both short term and long term effects of the oil spillage tragedy all attributable to the relentless efforts of Bill Bohack.