Gulf Oil Disaster Legal Resources


Unemployment Insurance

To file a regular claim:

Deepwater Horizon Response

[Information taken from: www. Last visit: May 7, 2010]

  • For people who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits, such as the self-employed, and whose jobs have been lost or interrupted by the oil spill, emergency assistance through Deepwater Horizon Response may be available. 
  • To obtain information and discuss spill-related damage claims:
    • CALL: 1-800-440-0858

Small Business Administration (SBA) –

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

  • Low interest loan or deferment of an existing SBA loan available to Louisiana Gulf Coast small business suffering financial losses from the Gulf oil leak that shut down commercial and recreational fishing along the state’s southeast coast.
  • The working capital loans of up to $2 million are at an interest rate of 4 percent with terms up to 30 years. The loans can be used by small businesses that are unable to obtain credit elsewhere to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  •  To obtain loan information and application forms

DHH Responds to Emergency Nutrition Needs of Families Affected by the Oil Spill

  • Under the emergency rules, clinics in the affected areas have been directed to serve individuals as walk-in appointments with minimal waiting time.
  • The WIC clinic in Plaquemines Parish

Location: 26851 Highway 23 in Port Sulphur, (504) 564-3344.

  • The St. Bernard Parish WIC clinic, will be offering walk-in service

Location: 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

  • Balestra's Food Center, 7902 Hwy 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
  • Fremin's Food Market, 26277 Hwy 23, Port Sulphur, LA 70083

Catholic Charities Offers Relief

  • Four emergency relief centers have been established where fishermen can  receive emergency food, case management, crisis counseling and other services: St. Bernard Catholic Church in St. Bernard, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Port Sulphur, St. Thomas Catholic Church in Point a la Hache and Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation in New Orleans East.   
  • Catholic Charities website:

Louisiana Workforce Commission

  • The Louisiana Workforce Commission reminds employers that they are responsible for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to workers in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

  • To report a suspected unsafe work environment or suspected violation of safety and/or health rules and/or regulations, contact the Baton RougeArea OSHA Office of Enforcement, 225-298-5458, or national OSHA office, 800-321-6742. Suspected violations can be reported anonymously.

  • To report possible scams for oil spill job traning or job placement, 225-342-7690.

Job Services Assistance Through La. Workers Compensation (LWC)

The LWC is offering job services assistance at a series of Coastal Care Fairs throughout July. The free health and welfare events for coastal residents are sponsored by the Our Home, Louisiana Coalition, a partnership made up of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and other organizations, including the LWC, to provide support to the people of the Gulf Coast who are affected by the crisis in the Gulf.

Dates and locations for the Coastal Care Fairs (times for all fairs will be 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • Wednesday, July 7: Lafourche Parish Library, South Lafourche Branch, 16241 E. Main, Cut Off
  • Thursday, July 8: Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma
  • Friday, July 9: Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Ballroom, 3220 Jean Lafi tte Pkwy., Chalmette
  • Monday, July 12: New Orleans Public Library, Martin Luther King Branch,
    1611 Caffi n Avenue, New Orleans
  • Tuesday, July 13: Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, 728 Myrtle Street, Morgan City
  • Tuesday, July 27: Terrebonne Parish Library, East Houma Branch, 778 Grand Caillou Road, Houma
  • Friday, July 30: Boothville-Venice Elementary School #1 Oiler Drive, Boothville

In addition to the LWC, the events include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environmental Quality, LSU AG Center Research and Extension, Department of Economic Development, the Department of Social Services, and officials from BP.

Environmental Protective Agency (EPA)

  • To report oiled shoreline
    • CALL 866-448-5816
  • To report oiled wildlife
    • CALL 866-557-1401 (callers should leave a msg and messages will be checked hourly.
  • To request volunteer information
    • CALL 866-448-5816
  • To contribute an idea or offer resources to the cleanup efforts please submit all relevant information

  • To submit an alternative response technology, services or products
    • CALL 281-366-5511
  • Louisiana Workforce Comission (LWC)
  • Want to be hired to cleanup?
    • CALL 504-658-4500
    • CALL 800-892-8179 for PEC Premier, Mandeville, training coordinator for BP for entire Gulf Coast response

Legal Documents

Hornbeck Decision, June 22, 2010

Other Legal Resources



Bankruptcy Forms

Debt Advice

Chapter 7

Chapter 11

Chapter 13 (Repayment plan)


To file complaints about lawyers.

Employment Law

Disaster Unemployment for Louisiana

Rights of the Fired Employee

The Law & Your Job

Family Law

Child Support & La. Support Enforcement

Domestic Violence

(504) 837-5400


Contact the Lawyer Referral Service

Marilyn St. James



La. Call Justice Center

(504) 355-0970

or (800) 310-7029


Southeast La. Legal Services

(504) 529-1000

Foreclosures and Mortgage Issues

Get Help with Hope Now (888)995-4673

Home Ownership Preservation

Steps to Prevent Foreclosure

Landlord-Tenant Laws

5 Day Notice to Vacate

Model Answer to Evictions


Insurance Claims

Guide to Insurance Coverage

Checklist for Filing Insurance Claims