Deepwater Horizon Claims for Medical Compensation
There are two groups of people who can benefit from the medical compensation under deepwater horizon claims. The first group comprises clean-up workers who were employed by the government and private organizations to help with cleaning and decontaminating the Gulf Coast. The second group comprises residents of certain areas in the Gulf Coast that were severely affected by the deepwater horizon oil spill. These areas include the shorelines of Louisiana, some areas along the Mississippi shorelines, the Florida Panhandle, Grand Isle, and Alabama. Claimants of medical benefits must fulfill certain requirements in order to determine their eligibility for filing claims.
The deepwater horizon settlement outlines specific symptoms in its Specified Physical Condition. These symptoms are associated with exposure to oil and oil dispersants. These symptoms include one of more of the following: neurophysiological, gastrointestinal, respiratory conditions, as well as skin and eye problems. Neurophysiological issues are usually preceded by symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and fainting. Claimants might be asked to provide medical certificates or documents attesting their sickness. Part of the BP settlement fund is specifically allocated to establish a means of monitoring the health concerns of residents and clean-up workers who fell ill in the weeks or months after the oil spill incident.