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Divers Blame Sickness and Injuries on BP Oil Spill Dispersant

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Commercial diver David Hogan and his wife have filed a lawsuit against BP, Corexit oil dispersant maker NALCO Co, Transocean, Xplore Oil & Gas, Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, and Stuyvesant Dredging Co., alleging that being exposed to the dispersants used in the BP oil spill has left him unable to walk, caused him to have seizures and go blind.

The lawsuit says that after the oil spill, BP used over 1.8 million gallons of Corexit in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  “Between June 1, 2010 and the end of November, 2010, David Hogan performed commercial diving work from boats and vessels that were owned, leased, chartered, contracted for, and/or under the direction and control of Specialty Offshore, ConocoPhillips, Xplore Oil, and the Stuyvesant defendants in the navigable water of the Gulf of Mexico. On every one of those dives during that period of time, David Hogan dove into waters that were contaminated with both the crude oil and the Corexit® dispersants.” According to the lawsuit, Hogan said that on a June 2010 dive, “he immediately noticed that something was different from his prior diving experiences,” and that “the oil seemed to have sunk considerably deeper into the depths of the Gulf waters than he had ever seen or experienced before. He immediately terminated his dive and returned to the surface, only to find that his wetsuit looked entirely different than it had ever looked before when he had dived into waters with an oil spill.”

The lawsuit says that Hogan contacted the ‘BP health and safety man’, who told him repeatedly that he and his dive crew had nothing to fear health wise, as they “was absolutely nothing in the oil or anything mixed with the oil that was hazardous or of any concern, from a health standpoint.” For two weeks, Hogan and his crew worked 18- to 20- hours days, diving into water that was contaminated with Corexit, and  “consistently contaminated with oil for a considerable distance below the surface.”

The lawsuit says that one member of the dive crew began to experience health problems prior to completing the dive project, and that since completion, two other divers have committed suicide. The lawsuit claims that since completing the dive project, Hogan can no longer walk, is legally blind in his left eye and is continuing to lose vision in his right. He also suffers seizures, vertigo, and cognitive problems. The lawsuits says that “… by November 16, 2011, Mr. Hogan had been diagnosed as suffering from neurotoxicity ‘related to chronic and cumulative exposure to chemical and heavy metals associated with the Gulf oil spill and dispersant.’”

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages for past and future physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering and medical bills and lost wages, as well as other damages. disclaimer: This article: Divers Blame Sickness and Injuries on BP Oil Spill Dispersant was posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 7:13 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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