From Texas to Florida, the litigation rush is on, as thousands of gallons of oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the April 20 explosion of a drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.

Injured workers and families of the 11 individuals missing and presumed dead after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and then sank have filed personal injury or wrongful death suits. Shrimpers, charter fishing boats and others who engage in business along the Gulf Coast have filed individual suits or class actions in which they allege damages to their livelihoods.