MDL 2179 In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 – Official Court-Authorized Website.

 

Welcome to the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Web Site

Important Announcement
  • February 2014 Update: On February 11, 2014, the appeal as to appellants M. Sturdivant, P. Sturdivant, Forsyth and Kirby was dismissed.  The Effective Date for the Medical Settlement Agreement is February 12, 2014.
  • July 2013 Update: On June 25, 2013, the appeal as to appellants Abreu, Aparecio and Arellano was dismissed and closed. The appeal remains open as to all other appellants. On July 11, 2013, the opening brief for appellants Sturdivant, Kirby and Forsyth was filed.
  • February 2013 Update: Two appeals of the Court’s Orders have been filed. Please see the Alert page for more information.
  • January 11, 2013 Update: On this date, the Court issued an Order and Reasons and Order and Judgment certifying the Medical Benefits Settlement Class and granting final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement.

A Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement has been reached related to the Deepwater Horizon incident. This Settlement offers benefits to qualifying people who resided in the United States as of April 16, 2012, who were either “Clean-Up Workers” or who were residents in certain defined beachfront areas and wetlands (“Zones”) during certain time periods in 2010.

The Medical Class includes all people who resided in the United States as of April 16, 2012 and who:

  • Were “Clean-Up Workers” between April 20, 2010 and April 16, 2012; or
  • Resided in "Zone A" (specified beachfront areas) for some time on each of at least sixty days between April 20, 2010 and September 30, 2010 (“Zone A Resident”), and have had a “Specified Physical Condition” prior to September 30, 2010; or
  • Resided in “Zone B” (specified wetlands) for some time on each of at least sixty days between April 20, 2010, and December 31, 2010 (“Zone B Resident”).

This Medical Settlement Web Site has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in one of these zones. In general, the zones include certain beachfront areas within at least 1/2 mile of the water and wetlands areas within at least 1 mile of the water.

The Medical Benefits Settlement will provide the following benefits: 1) a compensation program for Specified Physical Conditions; 2) a Periodic Medical Consultation Program; and/or 3) a provision of Back End Litigation Option process for Later-Manifested Physical Conditions.

To request Specified Physical Condition and/or Periodic Medical Consultation Program benefits, you must complete and submit a Proof of Claim Form. You will also need to include supporting documents for the Proof of Claim Form to be accepted.

You may elect to complete and submit a Proof of Claim Form 1) by requesting a notice packet and then returning the Proof of Claim Form to us via mail OR 2) by downloading the PDF Proof of Claim Form available on this site and then returning to us via mail. For detailed instructions on these options, please visit our File Claim page.

A Medical Class Member who is diagnosed with a Later-Manifested Physical Condition may be able to bring an individual lawsuit against BP under the Back-End Litigation Option process. Click here for information on the Back-End Litigation Option process.

In addition to the Benefits described above, the Settlement created a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program for the benefit of Class Members and the general public. This Program consists of integrated projects to strengthen healthcare capacity and increase health literacy in the Gulf Coast areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. An on-line library of health and environmental-related materials pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon Incident is also being funded.

The deadline for Class Members to exclude themselves from the Settlement has passed. Click here for information on How to Revoke an Opt Out or contact us.

To read the Court directed Notice in its entirety, click here.