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Category Archives: Toxic Torts

BP to Pay $130 Million to Deepwater Horizon Victims

A federal judge recently ruled that BP must pay $130 million in damages to victims of its 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, which killed 11 rig workers. BP has already paid more than $560 million to claimants since June 2012, and it is thought that the total could be about $1.5 billion…. Read More »

Terms to Know if You Were Harmed by a Hazardous Material

If you or your property were harmed by a product, you have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible. Adding a lawsuit on top of your physical and emotional injuries can add unwanted stress, especially if your injuries are catastrophic enough to affect the rest of your life, as if often the case… Read More »

Truck Crashes Involving Hazardous Materials Have Wide-Reaching Dangers

A hazardous materials (hazmat) tanker truck carrying fuel recently overturned in Bristow, Virginia, leaking gasoline onto the street. The truck’s driver and two hazmat technicians had to be decontaminated after coming in contact with the fuel. While nobody suffered immediate life-threatening injuries, the long-term effects on the environment and the surrounding neighborhood are yet to… Read More »

Study Links Taconite Mining to Deadly Mesothelioma Cancer

A five-year, $5 million study recently released by the University of Minnesota shows a link between the taconite mining industry and an increased risk in developing mesothelioma. The study did not establish cause-and-effect between the two, but it did find that for each year a worker spends in the taconite industry, the risk for being… Read More »

Outdated Welding Caused Exxon Oil Spill in Mayflower, Arkansas

A recently released report found that the Arkansas oil spill that leaked thousands of barrels of oil in March was caused by an outdated welding process. Exxon Mobil Corp.’s pipeline had cracks that ruptured near Mayflower, sending about 5,000 barrels of oil into the neighborhood. The pipeline was built in the 1940s, but the report… Read More »

Man and Son-in-Law Killed by Toxic Gas Exposure

A man and his son-in-law were killed in an oilfield-related accident recently one mile northeast of Clafin, Kansas. The man was fixing a leaky valve and asked his son-in-law to bring him additional parts. Unfortunately, both were overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas, a byproduct of oil and natural gas production, and suffocated from the toxic… Read More »

A Good Offense in Your Toxic Tort Claim is Knowing the Defense

U.S. tort costs increased by 5.1 percent in 2010, according to the 2011 Update on U.S. Tort Cost Trends, published by Towers Watson. The BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill in April 2010 was the largest contributing factor to that increase — without it, costs would have declined by 2.4 percent. BP established… Read More »