Lawyers in a class action suit against BP have stated that their clients, all workers who helped clean up after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, should receive immediate medical payments for their ongoing health problems. The hearing on the issue began in New Orleans yesterday. Workers who were diagnosed with ailments after April 2012 contend the company is trying to alter terms of the medical- benefits part of a global settlement with most private party plaintiffs to save as much as $1.2 billion. Their lawyers plan to ask U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to reverse an earlier ruling that the settlement didn’t automatically cover them. The company has currently set aside about $43 billion to cover all costs related to the spill. The Judge (Barbier) will also consider BP’s request for restitution of money overpaid to plaintiffs claiming economic damages. The court revised the method for calculating such damages after the company paid multiple claims.
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