Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BP (NYSE:BP) Now Hit with Mental Health Claim

The ridiculous notion that BP (NYSE:BP) needs to start paying the Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals $10 million in order to have people "treated" for the stress related to the Gulf spill seems to be just a grab for some money for the government there.

According to department head Alan Levine, the reason this should be done is "There exists anger, anxiety and uncertainty among the families and communities affected by the spill, which will easily manifest into addiction and various forms of mental health crisis if not confronted."

The unprovable assertion that people in the area will become addicted if BP doesn't pay the $10 million is outrageous, and needs to be rejected by BP.

Here's another case where BP could get hit with an endless number of claims. All someone has to do is say they're angry and stressed about the Gulf spill and they get free treatment, or by extension, a ton of money for being "victims."

As measured by "anger, anxiety and uncertainty," that could describe the entirety of a persons' life. To imply this is a special circumstance as it relates to so-called mental health is a stretch by any way of looking at it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What if the claimants are evaluated and demonstrate PTSD?