Calling all BP oil spill workers. A new online portal has been launched to help those still suffering from the effects of toxic chemicals.
As part of BP's settlement, money is available for anyone suffering from certain skin, respiratory or eye infections. They’re offered a free medical review.
"They're all over the country," says Houston Dr. Greg Vigna who founded the Life Care Solutions Group. "These patients should seek legal and medical advice, and we provide that. They should go online so we can give them the medical attention they need."
Three years after the disaster, many cleanup workers are still suffering.
"If they have chronic sinusitis, obviously they need to see an ear, nose and throat doctor," says Vigna. "If they have toxin induced asthma or occupational asthma, they'll need to see a pulmonologist."
Unfortunately, Vigna says many who helped with the cleanup were migrant workers with little or no insurance. And he says the settlement does not cover long-term ailments, such as possible cancer or other health issues.
He says those workers would likely have to opt-out of the settlement and seek payment from BP which would be determined on a case-by-case basis.