Possible Cancer Risks from Chemical Dispersants Used by BP in Oil Spill

water and oil.jpgOur Florida toxic injury lawyer is well aware of some of the consequences that follow from major oil spills. These include things like high wildlife mortality rates, tarballs washing up on beaches, and imbalances in ocean and beach ecosystems. In addition to these problems, there are also other serious dangers, not just to wildlife, but to human life.

During the now-infamous BP oil spill that occurred in 2010, many concerns were raised about how the massive amounts of oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico every day for months would affect the health of people, especially those living in the coastal states, like Florida. Toxins that are released into the ocean can leach into the groundwater and eventually become part of the drinking water supply. When that happens, the results can be absolutely catastrophic. Depending on the type of toxins involved, it is possible that people may not even realize that they are drinking contaminated water until it is too late, and they have already contracted some kind of disease. Because it may take time to realize the water is not safe, a great number of people could be affected by the contamination before the problem can be remedied.

Along with other diseases, toxins in drinking water can lead to leukemia or other forms of cancer. Because the risks are so high, there are many federal and state regulations that govern the types and amounts of chemicals that companies are permitted to release into the environment.

In some cases, however, it is necessary for chemicals to be used to clean up the environment. This is precisely what happened last summer during BP’s oil spill response. In order to try to contain the spill, BP dumped large quantities of chemical dispersants into the ocean. The purpose of the dispersants is, essentially, to break down the oil and minimize its effects on the ocean. Unfortunately, according to an article by the Environmental News Service, some of the dispersants that BP used in its clean-up efforts contained ingredients that have been linked to cancer and given labels such as “likely carcinogen” or “possible carcinogen.” The article notes that BP used more than 1.8 million gallons of dispersants over the course of about three months. And this is but one example of the dangers posed by irresponsible use or disposal of chemicals.

The ultimate question, of course, is how victims of toxic torts, as they are typically called in the legal community, can protect and enforce their rights against the companies and the people who are responsible for exposing the victim to danger. Your Florida toxic torts attorney can help you with the difficult and complex task of identifying the source of the harm you have suffered and finding ways to prove in court that that source really was responsible.

If you have contracted any kind of illness or disease from water contamination, please contact our Florida contamination lawyer at the Law Office of Eric H. Luckman as soon as possible. Attorney Luckman is an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer who can help you make sense of what has happened to you and determine who is responsible and what your legal rights are. He will stand with you and fight back against the company or companies at fault.

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