As millions of gallons of oil continue to contaminate the Gulf waters, commercial fishermen are finding it difficult, if not impossible to harvest this year's catch. Unfortunately, it seems that their problems are not likely to be short lived. Because the oil has the potential to affect the natural oceanic food chain, it may take years for the commercial fishing industry to fully recover. As a result, commercial fishermen may face a diminishing supply of fresh fish and a subsequent loss of profits for months or years to come.
If you are a commercial fisherman in the Gulf area and have lost business due to the oil spill, the attorneys at Morgan and Morgan are prepared to help you recover compensation for your losses. Contact us today by filling out our free legal evaluation form and we will review your claim, at no cost to you.
Effect of the Oil Spill on the Commercial Fishing Industry
Louisiana alone is home to more than 15,000 commercial fishermen and generates more than $2 billion in commercial fishing revenue each year. Due to the spreading oil slick and fishing ground closures, many of these workers are having extreme difficulty harvesting this year's catch and making a profit. Commercial fishermen, however, are not the only workers experiencing financial losses due to the oil spill. Boat owners, captains, deckhands and anglers are also having difficulty generating a steady income.
Your Right to Compensation
BP has set aside $20 billion in a special fund to compensate individuals who have suffered damages as a result of the oil spill. Commercial fishermen are among the employees filing claims with BP and although they do not have to prove fault to have a successful claim, they must provide extensive documentation of their losses. Therefore, if you are interested in filing a claim with BP, you should contact an experienced oil spill attorney who can collect evidence to support your claim and maximize your recovery.
Our firm has been in practice for more than 20 years and employs attorneys skilled in applicable areas of practice such as maritime law and insurance litigation. We are offering a free case review to anyone affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, so do not hesitate to contact us today.