Legal rights of Deepwater Horizon workers listen05/04/10 Seán Kinane
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In addition to the environmental disaster caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion, there is a human impact as well. Many people were injured and 11 people are missing and presumed dead.
They are: Jason Anderson, Dale Burkeen, Donald Clark, Stephen Curtis, Gordon Jones, Roy Wyatt Kemp, Karl Kleppinger, Blair Manuel, Dewey Revette, Shane Roshto, Adam Weise
But what legal rights do the victims have for tort claims against BP or any of the other companies involved in construction or drilling of the well?
Tim Kaye is a professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. He specializes in Tort law and tells us oil platform employees are exempt from the normal grievance of workers compensation.