Stuart H. Smith, Esq., oil spill attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana, considers two evolving issues in the Gulf Oil Disaster: the long term health hazards of cancer-causing polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), that are now much more easily absorbed into the food chain than if BP had not used the toxic dispersant Corexit. Mr. Smith considers what the new Gulf Coast Claims Facility, to be administered by Kenneth Feinberg, will mean for individuals and businesses impacted by the oil spill.
Individual lost wage claims, Mr. Smith hopes, will be quickly and fairly adjudicated under this new process. Business claims, however, require careful consideration given the complexities of the Oil Pollution Act. Self-represented claimants that must calculate lost profits, damages from natural resource use and so forth are at risk of making costly admissions and mistakes without professional representation.