How to File a Claim for the Orange County Oil Spill
Were you affected by the Orange County Oil Spill that occurred over the weekend of October 2nd, 2021? If so, you might have many questions – including questions about whether you could sue and how you could sue.
The oil spill stretched about 6 miles from Huntington Beach to Dana Point. It spilled about 126,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. Although investigations are still underway, it is believed that the spill occurred as a result of a damaged pipeline connected to an oil platform that’s about 6 miles offshore, known as Elly. The oil platform is operated by Beta Offshore, a Long Beach unit of Amplify Energy (which is based in Houston).
Oil spills most obviously affect the environment; wildlife washes up dead onshore and surviving wildlife can be found covered in the toxic oil. However, many parties and entities from different industries can also be affected.
Depending on how you and your business/property were affected by the recent oil spill, you might have grounds to sue. You could even be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit. You could sue for any property damage and financial losses resulting from the oil spill. For more information about your right to sue, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to represent you and help you file your lawsuit against Amplify Energy for the losses caused by the oil spill. If you are ready to discuss your right to sue with the experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible.
Some Parties and Entities affected by the Oil Spill in Orange County
Some of the individual parties and industries affected by the recent oil spill include the following:
- Fishermen, fishing companies, and anyone in the fishing industry – oil spills are toxic to fish. Many fish wash up onshore dead as a result of exposure to oil. Any other fish that survive are contaminated and no longer safe for consumption. Oil spills can significantly reduce populations which is detrimental to the entire ecosystem. Of course, this also applies to shrimp, crabs, lobsters, shellfish, etc.
- Restaurant owners – restaurant owners are affected in two ways. First, they can no longer depend on the local fishing industry to keep fresh seafood on their menu. If they want to keep fresh seafood on their menu, then they are left with no choice but importing from elsewhere. Second, their business declines significantly by beach closures. If there is no one visiting beaches because of health concerns, then they are less likely to have guests as normal.
- Hotel owners, vacation home rental owners, and the tourism industry, in general – the Orange County coast is full of hotels and vacation rentals that people book primary because they are so close to the beach. When beaches are closed due to safety concerns called by oil spills, then tourism is negatively affected. Without a doubt, hotel owners, motel owners, vacation home rental owners, etc. all lose revenue.
- Property owners and real estate in general – home values are significantly affected by the local economy, If the local economy slows (including fishing industry, tourism industry, etc.), then property values decrease. The environmental issues created by oil spills also lead to decreases in property values.
Regardless of how you were affected, you might have grounds to sue.
Does Your Insurance Cover Your Damages?
Most property owners and businessowners carry insurance to protect their assets under a number of circumstances. Are your losses associated with the oil spill covered by your insurance policy? The answer to this question will depend on the specific terms of your policy; if you are unsure, you should review your policy for the insurance claims information that you are looking for.
If your insurance policy covers the damages, then you simply have to file an insurance claim and wait for a payout. However, if you do not have coverage for losses caused by oil spills, then you might need to resort to other options – more specifically, you could sue the negligent company.
Your Right to Sue
Regardless of the specific damages that your business or your property suffered due to the oil spill, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit against Amplify Energy. In fact, you could participate in a class action lawsuit for damages caused by the oil spill. For more information about filing a lawsuit against the negligent company, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm today.
How to Join the Class Action Lawsuit
Will there be a class action lawsuit against Amplify Energy? In fact, a class action lawsuit has already been filed against the negligent company. How can I join the class action lawsuit? You still have time to join the class action. If you are interested in learning more how you can participate in the class action lawsuit, you should find an experienced class action lawyer to guide you every step of the way.
Your Right to Compensation
In addition to having questions regarding how to file a claim for Orange County Oil Spill, you might also have many questions about whether you could be eligible to recover compensation. If your lawsuit is successful, you could be awarded monetary compensation. The specific type and amount of compensation that you could receive will be based on the details surrounding your claim. Therefore, the best thing that you could do to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the type and amount of compensation that you could recover is to discuss your claim with an experienced attorney. Here at our law firm, our experts are completely ready to fight for your right to get the highest recovery possible.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you would like to learn more about how to file a claim for damages caused by the Orange County oil spill, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our class action lawsuit attorneys are ready to represent you every step of the way and help you sue Amplify Energy for the losses to your property or business as a result of the oil spill.
We are proud to offer free legal services (free consultations and free second opinions) which allow our experts to provide you with all the information that you need to start or continue your injury claim. We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal expenses for our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be responsible for legal fees if they don’t win.
If you are ready to speak with our attorneys and learn more about your right to sue Amplify Energy for the damages to your property or your business as a result of the oil spill, contact us immediately.