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If you are suffering an injury or illness resulting from the Orange County oil spill, contact the attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo for help. Our Huntington Beach oil spill injury attorneys understand the life-altering effects an injury or illness can have on your finances, health, and quality of life, and we can help you secure the compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact our oil spill injury lawyers today to schedule a free case consultation.

The Largest Oil Spill in Orange County in Decades

What Happened?

On October 3, 2021, over 126,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Pacific Ocean, affecting nearly 25 miles of the coastline in Orange County from Dana Point to Huntington Beach. This was Orange County’s largest oil spill in three decades and has resulted in “prompt and aggressive action” by the Coast Guard as well as other government agencies. Cleanup operations are in progress.

What Caused the Spill?

The spill was first discovered on Saturday and resulted from a pipeline leak from an offshore production facility owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp. The Coast Guard is investigating if a wayward ship anchor caused the oil spill by striking the pipeline.

Which Beaches Are Impacted in California Oil Spill?

The following beaches have been closed due to the oil spill:

  • The Huntington Beach shoreline and ocean have been closed down between the Santa Ana River Jetty and Seapoint Street.
  • All city and county beaches in Laguna Beach have been closed.
  • In Newport Beach, Newport Harbor has been temporarily shut down.

Harmful Effects of an Oil Spill

On October 3, 2021, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) issued a health advisory advising those who may have come in contact with the contaminants of the oil spill to seek medical attention. According to the HCA’s Environmental Health Division, spilled oil can be dangerous if it makes contact with your skin. Petroleum products contain toxic chemicals such as benzene and aromatic hydrocarbons that can cause health issues –  if exposure to the chemicals is prolonged.

People may come in direct contact with oil while walking in a contaminated area such as the beach. It is important to understand that even when an oil sheen may not be visible, oil contaminants may exist in the water and can be absorbed through your skin. Inhalation of toxic oil vapors or other aerosolized oil compound particles from wind-blown waves can cause these side effects.

Symptoms reported from excessive exposure to oil may include:

  • Skin, eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Cough or shortness of breath

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. The elderly, children, and those with respiratory diseases such as asthma are more vulnerable to these side effects after inhaling the oil vapors.

What Types of Compensation Are Available?

If you suffered injuries from the Huntington/Newport Beach oil spill, you may be entitled to economic or non-economic damages.

  • Economic damages are the tangible, measurable losses you have suffered due to your injuries, such as past and future medical bills, lost wages, and diminished or lost future earning ability.
  • Non-economic damages are the more intangible, immeasurable losses you have suffered due to your injuries, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and emotional distress.

Contact Our Huntington Beach Oil Spill Injury Attorney

The Orange County personal injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo understand that you are dealing with a lot, and we are here to help. If you have suffered an injury from an unexpected oil spill, we can support you in the following ways:

  • We will protect your legal rights every step of the way.
  • We will handle negotiations against insurance companies on your behalf – making sure you are not treated or compensated unfairly.
  • We will handle legal paperwork on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about it during your recovery.
  • We will hire medical experts who can properly evaluate you and calculate your total losses.
  • We will always be available to answer any questions you have.

Contact our Huntington Beach oil spill injury attorneys today at (714) 783-2205 to schedule a free case consultation and get the help you need.

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