Man injured while trying to save drowning child files suit against BP

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October 1, 2010

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Lawsuit alleges Daniel Hudley ingested dangerous amounts of crude oil and toxic dispersants in Gulf of Mexico while trying to rescue a drowning child swept away by the current

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (October 1, 2010)  – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a lawsuit against BP and other defendants on behalf of Daniel Hudley. The suit alleges that in July, Hudley, 43, was exposed to dangerous levels of crude oil and toxic dispersants when he entered the Gulf of Mexico  at Orange Beach, Ala., and swam out attempting to rescue a drowning child. Hudley, 43, was treated at the hospital for about two hours after the incident, but since that time has been extremely ill, suffering from severe headaches and intense abdominal pain, among other symptoms.

“The amount of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico during the catastrophe was unprecedented,” says Rhon Jones, head of Beasley Allen’s Toxic Torts division. “On top of that, BP used chemical dispersants at a rate not seen in other oil disasters, doing anything to keep the oil out of sight and out of mind.  Now, predictably, people are starting to feel the effects. Even more tragically, Mr. Hudley was injured while acting heroically, and without thought to his own well-being. He saw someone in need, and he went to give aid. He doesn’t deserve to suffer as a result.”

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Southern Division. Defendants include BP, Anadarko, Halliburton, Cameron, Moex and Nalco.j

Read the complaint.

For more on this story, read the feature story in today’s Mobile Press-Register.

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