The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the worst man-made disasters that has happened in modern history, of which there is no question. People all over the United States have already been informed about the effects of the catastrophe due to its vast media coverage, and after 87 days of oil being spilled on the gulf, the damage seemed impossible to fix.
It may be hard to keep track of the effects of the oil spill, not only on the livelihood and property of people living in and around the area but most importantly on the ecosystem of the Gulf area. Not only have residents suffered (and will suffer for some time), but the ecosystem is also badly damaged, causing the fauna and flora chain to be significantly interrupted. Those who have been affected have the right to file a lawsuit, especially if their livelihood has been badly damaged or affected.
Anyone who has an oil spill claim is entitled to compensation. With nearly 184 million gallons reported to have been spilled, it has impacted the tourism and fishing industries (which generate between $3.5 – $4.5 billion a year), and its effects can last for decades. The main issue regarding the BP oil spill and oil spill claims is that there have been controversies surrounding the giving out of compensation to those affected, and the lawyers or firms that represent these parties. Problems such as compensation being halted because of internal conflicts have been in the news for a long time now, and valid claims are often turned down.
People who have had their claims rejected are able to file a BP claim appeal. Oil spills are not something that can be taken with little account; they can affect a whole economy if it is big enough. It can be mind-boggling to understand how much damage to the ecosystem an oil spill can have. It may be difficult to really determine to what extent the impact of this catastrophe may bring, however, as long as everyone is doing their best to help in fixing up the problem then it may end eventually.