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St. Mary Parish man sues BP, alleging health issues from 2010 oil spill

By Nick Bartholomew | Oct 15, 2015

A St. Mary Parish man is suing BP, alleging health issues from exposure to oil and other chemicals during BP's 2010 oil spill.

Wade Phillips filed a lawsuit on Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company, alleging the health problems related from oil exposure in the BP oil spill.

According to the complaint, Phillips was working for American Pollution Control up until April 26, 2012, as an oil spill cleanup worker assisting in the removal of tar balls and oil from the waters and land around the Grand Isle and Vermillion Bay areas after the BP spill.

The suit says Phillips was exposed to oil and chemicals dispersed by BP to aid in cleaning the oil during this time. The lawsuit states he suffered headaches, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, and more while working. After work was concluded, he sought medical treatment, which resulted in a renal failure diagnosis among others around May 2013, the suit says.

Phillips seeks unspecified damages, implementation of a medical screening and monitoring program funded by BP, litigation costs, and other relief deemed applicable by the court. He is represented by attorney David W. Gernhauser Jr. of Metaire.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-04997-CJB-JCW.

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