${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}Veron, Bice, Palermo
& Wilson, LLC Land & Soil Contamination : Vehicle Collisions : Personal Injury

Senate Proposal Would Allow Greater Wrongful Death Compensation

A bill proposed at the United States Senate would allow for greater wrongful death compensation for the family members of the 11 oil rig workers that died during the April BP rig explosion. The bill has the potential to allow the families of the rig workers to receive similar legal compensation available for accidents that occur on land. Unfortunately, a broad bill that applied to all offshore accidents and a bill that addressed the BP rig explosion accident were not passed.

Currently, family members whose loved ones die offshore cannot receive legal compensation for pain and suffering and for loss of companionship, but that compensation is available for family members whose loved ones die during land-based accidents. The proposed bill would have evened the compensation field for offshore accidents.

The original version of the proposed bill was supposed to provide equal compensation to families of victims of any offshore accident. Apparently, the cruise line industry objected to the legislation and the bill was rewritten to provide equal compensation for the families of the BP rig explosion. That bill was proposed during a process that required unanimous consent from the voting senators; however, Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., objected to the bill.

Representative Melancon, a Democrat from Napoleonville, said he was deeply disappointed that the effort was blocked especially for the families of those who died in the BP oil rig explosion. There is no word as of yet whether the bill will be reintroduced again. For now, legal compensation for wrongful death suits will remain dissimilar.

Source: Times-Picayune, "Bill Seeking More Generous Compensation for Oil Rig Explosion Deaths Hits Roadblock," Bruce Alpert, 12/10/10

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers
Best Law Firms
10 Best Client Satisfaction
Louisiana Alliance
Bar Register
Multi Million Dollars
American Institute
American Jurist Institute TOP 10 Attorneys
TOP 100 Attorneys American Jurist Institute 2017

Need Help? Schedule A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our Office Location

721 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-513-4436
Fax: 337-310-1601
Lake Charles Law Office Map

Phone Numbers

Email us