Clearly, the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Mississippi Gulf Coast has captured the attention of the general public since it occurred April 20, 2010. While an unknown amount of tort claims exist, a recent report noted that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) created to administer the claims has already opened over 39,000 claims, from which it has dispersed over $38.5 million. BP has independently processed another 150,000 claims, dispersing over $395 million.
The recent disaster in the Mississippi Gulf Coast serves as a reminder that catastrophic results can instantly occur from the negligence of others. April 20, 2010 began as a normal day. However, 11 workers died in the explosion, and an additional 17 workers were injured in the accident. While the explosion was an unusual occurrence, such circumstances would certainly qualify as a workers' compensation claim in North Carolina. Furthermore, the economic life of thousands of individuals has been severely threatened due to the impact of the oil spill.