crude oil exposure health effects

BP Oil Spill May Still Pose Environmental Dangers to Alabamans

by Staff Blogger | December 2nd, 2014

We use oil to run our cars, heat our homes, and manufacture many of the products we purchase. But when we are exposed to crude oil, it can put our health at risk and pose serious environmental dangers.

Crude oil is a dark yellow to black substance located in underground deposits. However, people may be exposed to the toxins in crude oil if work in the oil industry or if spills occur. Symptoms of crude oil exposure can include:

  • Irritation of the eyes, skin, and lungs
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Anemia
  • Burning of the skin and tissues

Many Alabamans may still be at risk of exposure to crude oil from the BP oil spill. An article from ABC 33/40 News reports that researchers have collected oil samples trapped in the sands of the state’s beaches as recently as August. They go on to explain that the trapped oil may present environmental dangers in the area for years—or even decades—into the future.

If you’ve been harmed as a result of exposure to oil from the BP spill, it’s important for you to know that help is available. You have legal rights and the Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers want to help protect them. To learn more about what we can do for you, call our legal team anytime at (888) 318-4245.