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Oil spills can cause serious injuries

There are a number of reasons why you may want to make an offshore injury claim. Perhaps you've been affected by an oil spill, for example. Oil spills affect not only the people working on boats and at sea but also those at the shore, animals in the water and others. Oil spill victims include such a large number of people that a community lawsuit could be filed.

Since oil spills are toxic, a community might want to claim against the company for health-related injuries. Individuals may also want to file a claim if their fishing businesses were affected or if their crops die as a result of the toxic waters at the shore.

As someone who works on an oil rig, you can also file a claim if you're hurt on the job. For example, if you're working when you're exposed to oil in a large volume and suffer due to the toxicity of the chemicals, you could file a claim for any medical care you need and your lost wages. You may be entitled to workers' compensation, but if not, then a personal injury lawsuit is another way of getting the compensation you need.

Another thing you might want to file a claim for includes injuries caused while the oil spill occurred. For example, if you're on the boat that capsizes and spills the oil, you could be thrown into the water with the oil, have injuries like burns or laceration from an explosion or other hazards on the boat.

Oil spills are dangerous for everyone, especially those close to the danger. You can file a claim and seek out help with your medical costs and other financial losses.

Source: FindLaw, "Oil Spill Lawsuits," accessed May 01, 2017

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