“Disfigurement” and “substantial physical injury” after COREXIT inhaled and touched says seaman

BP oil spill worker sues Memorial company, Ultimate Memorial by Andrea Dearden, December 2, 2010

Seaman David Leon Brooks filed the Jones Act complaint against Tidewater Marine LLC, the BP Corp. and Nalco Co. on Nov. 30 in Harris County District Court. Brooks accuses the defendants of negligence for allowing him to be splashed with and to inhale toxic chemicals while working in the Gulf. Tidewater Marine maintains an office in Memorial. …

The EPA determined the chemicals were extremely toxic and could cause “red blood cell damage, kidney damage, liver damage, respiratory distress, flu-like symptoms and other serious, permanent and disabling injuries and conditions.” …

[T]he EPA ordered BP to drastically reduce its use of the toxic dispersant. Despite the actions of the EPA, Brooks says he was not warned by Tidewater or BP about the dangers of the Corexit chemicals or the need to wear protective equipment or clothing while using them. Brooks says he inhaled the dispersant and had the toxic chemical splash onto him causing him “substantial physical injury.” …

Brooks is asking to be compensated for pain and mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement

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