Medical Benefits Settlement

Motley Rice has assisted people and businesses hurt by the spill file claims under the court-supervised claims programs. 

On Jan. 11, 2013, U.S. District Judge Barbier granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement. On Feb. 12, 2014, the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement became effective. The deadline for filing a claim under the Medical Benefits Settlement is Feb. 12, 2015.

Read the notice issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for cleanup workers and certain Gulf Coast residents explaining in detail the Medical Benefits Settlement and court-supervised claims program.

Eligibility for Payments

The following people living in the United States as of April 16, 2012, who were exposed to the spill or the dispersant used to clean up the spill and became sick with certain acute or chronic illnesses may be eligible for payment:

  • Residents living within 1/2 mile of specified beachfront areas in AL, LA, MS or the FL panhandle for some time on each of at least 60 days between April 20, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2010 (Zone A).
  • Residents living within one mile of specified wetlands in the areas of AL, LA, MS or the FL panhandle for some time on each of at least 60 days between April 20, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2010 (Zone B).
  • Cleanup workers who participated in land and water cleanup efforts between April 20, 2010, and April 16, 2012.

Additional Settlement Benefits

  • Periodic Medical Consultation Program: The Periodic Medical Consultation Program is a medical consultation program that runs for the next 21 years and covers all cleanup workers and Zone A and Zone B residents who meet the participation qualifications. The Periodic Medical Consultation Program will be implemented after the effective date and be available to all qualifying class members.
  • Back-End Litigation Option for physical illnesses that emerge in the future: Residents and cleanup workers eligible for benefits under the settlement may have the right to sue BP if they get sick in the future and comply with certain Medical Benefits Settlement procedures and requirements.
  • Gulf Region Health Outreach Program: A $105 million grant immediately creates the five-year Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, which will improve access to physical and mental health care treatment in the Gulf Coast areas of AL, LA, MS and the FL panhandle. This outreach program emphasizes integrated and sustainable community-based primary and mental health care, as well as environmental and occupational health services. These services will benefit families in the entire region for years to come.

Medical Conditions Covered

Qualified Gulf Coast residents and cleanup workers will be compensated for a broad range of specified medical conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin ailments
  • Stomach complications

Payment levels will vary depending on the type of illness or symptom, the level of proof of the illness or symptom, and the status as a cleanup worker or a resident of one of the covered zones.

How the Medical Benefits Claims Program Works

The court is supervising the Medical Benefits claims program to ensure fair, impartial and consistent processing and payment. The formulas used to calculate payment are transparent and will be applied with consistency. Claimants may begin submitting claims for payments and/or participation in the Periodic Medical Consultation Program immediately.

Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Matrix

The Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Matrix outlines the standards for determining possible compensation based on acute and chronic conditions acquired as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. View the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Matrix.