Head and Neurological Conditions
Exposure to hydrocarbons and other chemicals used in the BP oil spill clean can also lead to head or neurological issues. People who worked cleanup constantly inhaled fumes from the crude oil and chemicals they worked with. Most workers reported they were not given ventilator masks to work with. This is very concerning, as preliminary research has shown that some of the chemicals used in the dispersants are suspected of being neurotoxins.
General symptoms of neurological conditions include nausea, fainting, vomiting, headaches, seizures, numbness, and memory loss. Further, long term exposure to neurotoxins has also been linked to several more serious conditions like Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and seizure disorders.
Parkinson’s disease is a mental condition which results in damage to the parts of the brain that control muscle movement. Dementia is a condition described as chronic memory loss which eventually leads to the individual’s inability to take care of them self. Seizures are caused by electrical synapses misfiring in the brain. This can be caused by abnormal or traumatic exposure to chemicals.
These long-term conditions are not compensated under the Medical Class Action Settlement outright as specified physical condition. However, that does not mean these conditions are not caused by exposure to chemicals and crude oil.
These individuals can seek recovery through an actual lawsuit under the “back-end litigation” provision of the settlement. This process is available for any later manifested physical condition after April of 2012 caused by chemical exposure during the environmental response to the BP oil spill.