On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and set in motion the worst oil spill in U.S. history. April 20, 2011, not only marks the one-year anniversary of the disaster, but it is also the deadline for businesses and individuals affected by the oil spill to file claims against the companies involved. If you suffered personal injury, property damage, business loss, loss of earnings or other economic loss due to the oil spill, you must file your claim by April 20. A federal court in New Orleans will determine in February 2012 whether Transocean—which owned the Deepwater Horizon rig—can limit what it may have to pay claimants under maritime law. Even those who have received funds via the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) are urged to file a claim by the April 20 deadline because the federal suit is separate from claims processed via the GCCF. Claimants may be eligible to join the federal case even if they have already received financial support through GCCF filings. Business and individual claimant Short-Form Joinders and Plaintiff Profile Forms are available on the U.S. District Court website. If you need to file a claim and require assistance with the necessary forms or have questions about your eligibility to join the federal lawsuit, the knowledgeable maritime attorneys at Long & Long, are here to help. If you experienced personal injury or economic loss due to the Gulf oil spill, please contact the accomplished Alabama maritime lawyers at Long & Long for a free consultation.