On Dec. 21, 2012, U.S. District Judge Barbier granted approval of the Economic and Property Damages Class Action Settlement that was reached between BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation. On Jan. 11, 2013, Barbier granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement.

Each settlement has its own separate claims program, and both are court-supervised to ensure greater fairness, efficiency and transparency. Eligible claimants may participate in one settlement program or both.

The new court-supervised claims program was established to specifically cover medical-related losses. Certain benefits the Medical Benefits Settlement provides (namely, compensation for qualifying specified physical conditions and the periodic medical consultation program benefit) will not become available until the effective date occurs. The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program benefit provided for under the Medical Benefits Settlement, however, has already begun.


Because the settlements are complex, we strongly recommend that you obtain legal counsel soon if you have not yet done so. Motley Rice has been representing people and businesses hurt by the oil spill since shortly after the disaster occurred, and our attorneys are available to talk to you about your rights under the settlements and new claims programs.


The medical benefits settlement is fully funded by BP and generally covers eligible residents and cleanup workers who suffered exposure-related acute or chronic illnesses related to the oil spill or related cleanup efforts.

The Medical Benefits Settlement also provides for:

  • Periodic Medical Consultation Program- a medical consultation program that will cover eligible claimants under the Medical Benefits Settlement for the next 21 years
  • Back-End Litigation Option- for eligible claimants under the Medical Benefits Settlement who have the right to file a lawsuit against BP if they develop physical illnesses in the future and comply with certain settlement terms
  • Gulf Region Health Outreach Program- a five-year program created by a $105 million grant to improve physical and mental health care treatment access in certain Gulf coast areas of AL, LA, MS and the FL panhandle

Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Matrix

The Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement Matrix outlines the process of 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.


Since shortly after the BP oil spill occurred in April 2010, Motley Rice has been representing people and businesses hurt by the BP oil spill, both those pursuing litigation and those needing help filing and negotiating their claims.

We are now helping people like you to file claims through the new claims programs.

Motley Rice co-founder Joseph Rice is an active member of the BP litigation PSC negotiating team. Motley Rice members John Baden and Fred Baker were central to the settlement process. Motley Rice member Kevin Dean also served on the GCCF Jurisdiction & Court Oversight Workgroup. They and several other Motley Rice attorneys played an integral role negotiating the Deepwater Horizon settlements.