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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.
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.
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.
The following beaches have been closed due to the 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:
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.
If you suffered injuries from the Huntington/Newport Beach oil spill, you may be entitled to economic or non-economic damages.
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: