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The HESI settlement is the final settlement for the BP oil spill in 2010. This settlement is for fisherman, and for individuals that worked on the water, as well as banks, insurance companies, and all other industries excluded from the BP Deep Horizon and other BP settlements. Please read the following information explaining the HESI settlement.
Lawyers fees capped at 25% like DHECC claims
They are using a Neutrals Model – the Allocation Neutral in this instance is Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson Jr.The judge said he doesn’t expect many claim forms as the vast majority of Claimants had to have been awarded damages under DHECC to be eligible for punitive damages under HESI/TO.
If they didn’t file and get some kind of award under DHECC, they are not eligible to file a claim under this settlement unless they were one of the excluded categories under DHECC (e.g., insurance, real estate development, gaming, banks, defense, gas and oil but ONLY if they have oiled property or are a commercial fisherman) or they properly exercised their rights to Opt Out. Also, the Court record showed that each “frivolous” claim filed (by ineligible Claimants) does nothing but drive up administrative costs and reduces the overall pool of funds for the eligible claimants. This was highly discouraged in both documents.
One additional fisherman has also been added to this class that were not previously allowed in DHECC –
2 classes – New – $902M (punitive damages under Maritime Law for oiled real or personal property and the following categories of claims from the DHECC settlement- Coastal Real Prop, Wetlands Real Prop, Vessel Physical Damage, Seafood Comp (all types), Subsistence, Charterboat Operator BEL, Charterboat Crew IEL ) and Old – (other DHECC claims for specified BEL claims ONLY)
!!!Deadline for claims is Dec 15, 2016!!!
HESI claims will not be touched until after DHECC is closed out – no advance or interim payments are allowed
If denied under DHECC – will not be included in HESI
If early pay out and signed release and covenant not to sue – will not be included in HESI
If Opt Out and signed signed a release and covenant not to sue (Quick Pay) – they will not be included in HESI
No bodily injury or BP shareholder claims are allowed in HESI
They will not issue Notices for Incompleteness – whats in the DHECC file now is all that will be included
They will issue a determination letter (not an Eligibility Notice) and then straight to appeal if Claimant rejects offer
No claimant will receive more than $150K
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We Can Help You and this is How
We have had many calls requesting that we assist them in checking their bp claims status. Many of you have had issues trying to reach DeepWater or their Attorneys or Processors directly.
Please understand that we are unable to check claim status unless you are a client of one of the Attorneys or Processors we work with.
By no means are we soliciting other Firms Clients, but the fact is people need to know they have options.
If you are interested in signing up with one of our network attorneys, please download the engagement documents and the AR1 below, complete and sign and return to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 941-951-6738.
If at anytime you wish to disengage with members of our Network you can, with no financial obligation.
After you download them, you should have three documents. You will find them at the bottom of this post.
1. Retainer Agreement
2. Statement of Client’s Rights
3. AR1 or Change of Representation Form from the Deepwater Settlement Program. When you complete the AR1, please complete Sections A, B and E if you want to change from your current attorney, and Sections A, D and E if you are currently representing yourself and you want to be represented by our attorney.
If you feel you need to change your Representation you can with the AR1 Form.
While you have completed and submitted these to us, please remember that this does NOT create an attorney-client relationship until the attorney reviews and signs these documents.
Fees As Low as 10%
Please note that this is a sliding scale contract. What this means is the % of your recovery, if any, will depend on the amount of work that needs to be done.
The fee % charge could be as low as 10%; if you still have work that needs to be done or notices that must be responded to, the fee % charge could be as high as 20%.
There is no way for us to know until you are signed up, and we can actually view your documents in the DHECC portal.
Even if you have received an FWA or HUB Investigation Notice, we can still take your claim. If you know you have provided honest and complete documentation to the Claims Administrator, then members of our Network are open to taking your case.
Our Network Attorneys and seasoned accountants, claims managers, and support staff can help shepherd your claim to the end.
We’ve been in this since the beginning, and we’ve had great success at getting people paid, because we know what the Claims Administrator requires when responding to Notices or other inquiries.
If you are tired of not having answers to your questions, this is your chance to have a responsive Team on your side.
We do what it takes to keep communication open with Clients and Reviewers, our team works extremely well together to fight for our clients rights.
Please note we are not handling medical claims.
BP Claims Forms To Download Below
Please Note: We are not the Deep Water Horizon Settlement
The number for them is 1-866-992-6174 for the economic settlement.
For the Medical Settlement the number is 1-877-545-5111
If You want to read about us, and our thoughts, please read below, we are not attorneys but do process claims through a network of processors, that are getting results.
If you are an Attorney/ Processor/Claimant we have a silver bullet, one of the members of our network has distinguished themselves above all others with practically Dead On Calculations that the claims analysts at The Deep Water Horizon Settlement seem to respect and agree with.
Please understand this group specializes in business claims only in excess of 100k usually.
They also handle appeals.
As many of you know we have been in search of a Silver Bullet for some time. Well we found it, there is no guess work anymore.
It is my opinion, it is owed to the claimants that they remain the top priority, not just a potential revenue stream for someone’s bottom line.
When BP stopped paying claims due to the Court ordered Stay, the lack of reliable and consistent revenue stream caused many processors and Attorneys to scale down their Deepwater Horizon claims operations and to terminate employees.
The real tragedy was that some of those entities had to close their businesses or to continue with inefficient operations.
The Court ordered Stay lasted for a period of 8 months – 8 months of little to no income for the claims processing entities and 8 months of continued economic distress for the claimants.
The Stay caused claimants extreme dissatisfaction and anger and proved to be devastating to many Business Economic Loss claimants. It also caused many groups processing claims to go out of Business
Our own operation took a serious hit when BP stopped paying claims, but we never gave up and due to the nature of how we structured our network, we were blessed that one member started seeing our largest claims get settled first.
The first claim was over 4.5 million dollars.
This particular processor has had over 40 claims paid to our clients since they began paying again, and their calculations have been almost dead on. This particular processor has a system in place that works. Not only do they have CPA’s and analysts who thoroughly understand the claim calculations and methodology established by the Deepwater Horizon Settlement and the appeals that followed, they go one step further and direct each and every claimant to obtain an attorney to represent them with any and all legal issues/questions and appeals.
I recently met one of the attorneys who works with this processor’s claimants, and can state that she has extensive experience in every phase of the BP litigation and she has the talent to represent and assist claimants at every phase (from claim registration to post appeal issues) of the claims process.
You can move your claim
This is not meant to solicit claims away from other Attorneys or Processors, but people need to know they are not stuck with organizations that have a high level of ineptitude and a small to nonexistent success rate. The form is called an AR1 form, it`s one form and can be found here. AR1 Form
If you have a claim that you have tried to do yourself, but want to put it in experienced hands, the processor described above is actually the BEST in our Network at complex business claims.
If your claim is already in the system and it is reasonably put together you may be charged as little as 10 Percent of the value of the claim.
If you are an Attorney or a Processor and would like to move over your portfolio or part of your portfolio of claims they will negotiate a fair number for the work involved. They can also assist you with the processing.
If you are an Attorney/Processor/CPA Firm and need help. they can help you.
It`s time to get People Paid and there is no room for mistakes.
As I write this we have seen some of our largest claims processed and paid in the last month. Most of these claims are over a million dollars, others in the high 6 digit range. We have also seen the devastating affect that rule 495 can have on claims, and how some rulings can be successfully appealed while others can not.
BP has just settled with the states, local and Federal government.
Claims that are currently in the Deep Water Horizon Settlement system, will have one FINAL opportunity to be paid.
There is no room for error, but as we have begun taking over claims from other Processors/Attorneys/Claimants who started doing this years ago, it is easy to see why so many of you have not been paid.
The financials that many uploaded are atrocious. Many just downloaded reams of financials thinking that would be sufficient or that they would get claims paid by just overwhelming the Deep Water Horizon Settlement with voluminous amounts of paperwork, thinking that they would let them sift through the documents so they could do the calculations.
Others just kept supplying the same paperwork and expected different answers when tasked with an incomplete notices.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS THERE IS NO ROOM FOR MISTAKES.
And far too many of you were making huge mistakes when you put these claims together, many in the beginning just did not understand what the settlement asked for. These claims are typically 2 years or older.
This is not the time to throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks, nor was it ever, but it is what too many did in the beginning.
If your claim has NOT seen notices or questions coming from the Deep Water Horizon Settlement and you have not heard from your Attorney or Processor, you need to take matters into your own hands and check your status yourself. Go to CHECK MY STATUS you will need your claimant id number and the last 4 of your social security number.
We look forward to working with You, your Attorneys or Processors, and getting you what you deserve from BP.
We have a program in place that allows us to assist others in this business to get their clients claims paid, it`s fair, it`s flexible, and it helps you get your clients paid.
For us this was always about putting the victims first and creating a network of professionals to assist you.
We are proud to say that a certain member of our Network has distinguished themselves in our opinion as the BEST in The BP Business Claims Business, and the good news is they want to work for you and with you, and still can, but only if you let them.
We are also proud to announce that Dick Angelotti the former President of Bank of Boston, and Northern Trust, will be also picking up the phone personally to help you with complex business matters.
Call Us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or 1-800-272-5246
BP Claims News by Bill Bohack
BP Claims begin to get Paid
The good news is we are seeing a steady stream of claims begin to get paid this week.
The bad news is, claims calculations and the adoption of rule 495 seem to leave many processors and cpa`s scratching their heads.
We have been told by people inside of the BP Settlement that it took longer then expected because all of the claims had to be recalculated for 495.
BP Claims Appeals are looming.
Lot`s of appeals. If you need to speak to a bp claims appeal attorney please fill out the form to the right.
BP and the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court meets on BP Today?
Supposedly there is a very quiet meeting between the Supreme Court Justices today.
The issue at hand is whether or not they will hear BP`s case. Some suggest the only reason they would hear it is to put a halt to BP`s frivolous appeals agenda. Delay, Deny and Defend, BP we ALL fully understand your agenda.
At this point in time, it still is what it is, an ever changing playing field that is lately tilting in BP`s favor. I know some people on Gravier Street in New Orleans are doing their best, and hopefully this a trickle of the claims we are seeing get paid becomes a deluge but only time will tell.
We have spoken to several processors in the last 24 hours and they have all experienced a spike in claims getting paid.
Let`s hope that continues.
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If you need help, and your BP Claim has already been filed
there are members of our Network that will take on your claim
for as little as 10% .
If you need help, members of our network are here to help you with your specific needs. If you are dealing with various notices, or just want the backing of a proven firm with a strong track record processing claims, they are here too.
Different members of our Network have certain specialties, as one may deal with a larger multi facility claim, and another may be experts in construction claims, and so on.
Please fill out the form to the right or call 1-800-272-5246.
Get the money you deserve, file your BP claim today
Since the recent court rulings, we are now seeing BP claims paying again. About a month after the decision made by the Fifth Circuit Court ordering BP to resume payments, we began to see a regular flow in the way of notices and some payments.
Keep in mind, all claims that were not paid prior to the halt in payments that was ordered in late 2013 have to be recalculated to determine if they are going to be subject to Policy 495 (which involves matching and smoothing financial statements to avoid showing an overstated loss).
If the company has financial statements showing a revenue trend making it subject to 495, the claim will be recalculated according to the new Policy.
This means that an earlier estimate you received may change, and you may have to wait a little longer to receive your claim.
We are now seeing Zone A businesses and individual claims paying at this time.
It appears the focus is on claims from the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2013.
We have also been told that medical claims are now paying out, but only the smaller ones, claims of around $1,300.00.
One of the huge problems we are starting to see is that people may have a claim filed, but they have not heard anything from the claims office or attorney they filed with.
While it is not unusual for a claim to take a couple of years to pay out, not hearing ANYTHING may indicate a problem.
We have discovered that some of the firms have abandoned their clients, and many of those claims have been denied. Some of these clients were never notified.
Don’t worry, it is fixable.
1-800-BPCLAIM is still filing claims, since there is not an official effective date, there is not an official deadline. After the effective date is set, claims can still be filed for six months past the effective date.
Here are some of the problems we have been seeing with clients from other firms:
– Claimants have incomplete notices that have not been cured
– Claims have been denied without the claimant’s knowledge
– Many claimants discover they have to start over in the claims process
WE CAN HELP. If there is a problem with your claim, it is possible for you to take control of your claim and take a course of action that will enable you to collect the money you are entitled to.
How To Check The Status of Your Claim
You can quickly discover the status of your claim by going to www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com, then go to check my status. You will need you claimant ID and the last four digits of your business or social security number.
You should be able to check your status on-line, or you can call 866-992-6174 to reach Deepwater Horizon directly.
If you find your claim has been dropped due to processor error, call us. We can help. We have never stopped filing and we will continue to file claims until the last BP Claim is filed.
Call Us at 1-800-BP-CLAIMS (1-800-272-5246)
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BP CLAIMS PAYMENT AS GULF COAST CLAIMANTS WAIT FOR RELIEF, BP EXECUTIVES GET A PAY RAISE.
As Gulf Coast claimants wait to recover BP Claims Payment from the oil spill of 2010, the largest environmental disaster in history, the oil giant adds insult to injury by dramatically increasing the salaries of executives instead of paying the victims of the spill. While many Gulf Coast claimants are still reeling from the effects of the spill, BP continues to be one of the most profitable companies in the world. BP was so profitable in fact that BP CEO Robert Dudley received a pay raise worth triple from his total pay in 2012. Counting salary, bonus, and stock options, Dudley’s compensation was $8.7 million. With his pension included, Dudley cleared $13.2 million. This is a little unsettling, to say the least, for local Gulf Coast companies who are STILL waiting for their BP Claims Payment and still trying to recover from the loss of business, homes, and jobs. BP appealed the settlement for the BP Claims Payment in late 2013, stating that losses were being claimed by companies whose losses did not originate from the spill. Many suspect this is yet another stall tactic to avoid paying claimants, even though BP claims that they are “committed to paying all legitimate claims of real people who suffered real financial losses from the spill.” In December 2013, a judge said BP can’t change the interpretation of its settlement just because it is paying more for losses than it expected. That judge’s ruling was upheld in early March 2014. “The settlement agreement does not require a claimant to submit evidence that the claim arose as a result of the oil spill,” Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick wrote. Because of this, BP will have to stick to its original agreement
Even more unsettling is the amount of money BP is spending on PR, and the way they are trying to “shame and blame” the claimants. “BP remains committed one of the ads reads. “But we will take whatever legal steps necessary to ensure that fraud is not rewarded and claims money goes to claimants who actually deserve it.” So far, the above statement can be translated as “pay no one in order to avoid claimants committing fraud or getting money they don’t deserve.” Sadly, many Gulf Coast residents and business owners would agree with that statement.
As they consider whether or not to appeal again BP Claims Payment, the effects of the 2010 disaster still linger in the Gulf. As of March 3, tar balls are still being collected from Florida beaches nearly four years after the spill. And recent research has found that chemicals in crude oil can be harmful to hearts of developing fish, meaning that any organism that swam near the Deepwater Horizon rig was exposed to cardiac risks. We at BPClaims.org are committed to helping claimants navigate the economic and medical claims process, and most importantly making sure that claimants get the money they are entitled to. After the latest ruling on BP Claims Payment, we are hopeful that some claims will get paid, and we thank the 5th Circuit Court and Judges like Leslie Southwick for forcing BP to “make it right” for the Gulf Coast claimants.
BP Payments Ordered to Resume?
The claimants of the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement celebrated a small victory earlier this month when it was decided in a 2:1 vote by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that BP will have to resume payments to victims of the oil spill. Unfortunately, even though Judge Leslie Southwick ordered that BP will have to pay up under the terms of its agreement, many business owners are still waiting to get paid.
Back in December 2013, the 5th Circuit made a ruling that required Judge Barbier to halt payments temporarily in cases where causation was not proven until that particular rule was changed under a stay. That stay, the judges noted, should be “tailored so that those who experienced actual injury traceable to loss from the Deepwater Horizon accident continue to receive recovery, but those who did not do not receive their BP Claims Payment until this case is fully heard and decided through the judicial process, including by any other panel of this court that resolves these issues.” I think it is safe to say that the “stay” didn’t go as planned. I say that because none of the businesses have been able to recover anything since the halt in payments. It seems that BP’s solution to the problem of determining causation is this: Don’t pay anyone! Not one business claim has been paid since the 2013 payment halt. Even companies who received an eligibility notice in late September 2013 are still waiting to receive their money. BP even accepted releases on these claimants, but never issued a BP Claims Payment.
The problems surrounding the causation issue arose late 2013 after allegations were made that some BP Claims Payment were being issued to claimants who did not suffer an economic loss as a result of the oil spill. Admittedly there may be some truth to those allegations; it is not always possible to distinguish if a loss came from the oil spill or just a bad economy. In order to combat that problem, the settlement originally addressed the issue of causation by setting up requirements for a BP Claims Payment. Causation is assumed based on where you live in the economic loss zones, what industry you are in, and the pattern of the company revenue post oil spill. According to the 1,200-page agreement, if a business near the Gulf Coast can show its revenue dropped in 2010 then rebounded in 2011, it qualifies for compensation. The companies are not required to prove a direct link to the spill. According to U.S. Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick in the latest BP ruling in March 2014, proving causation is not the job of the claimant nor is it to be considered a gatekeeping function of the claims administrator. The settlement states specifically that claimants are not required to submit evidence that the claim arose as a result of the oil spill, and even though BP appealed this issue, the 5th Circuit is holding BP’s feet to the fire. BP is going to be forced to uphold the settlement that they helped to create.
Since the halt in every BP Claims Payment, BP has launched a PR campaign designed to show that they have “made it right” in the Gulf so to speak and also to point fingers at Gulf Coast residents, alleging that many of the claims made as a result of losses incurred during the oil spill are fraudulent. BP even took out full-page ads in several national newspapers to prove this point, but that doesn’t help the thousands of claimants who are still waiting for payment, it only serves to frustrate and anger everyone.
The appeal and halt in every BP Claims Payment may have had some unexpected result for BP. In trying to avoid the payments using the “proof of causation” argument, BP may have actually hurt themselves in the doing. In trying to limit the cost of the settlement reached in late 2012, they may have actually increased them when they decided to fight the issue of causation. Back in 2012, BP estimated that the deal would cost the company $7.8 billion. Now, the price tag could reach $9.2 billion or higher. People and businesses making claims still have to attest that their financial losses were caused by the spill, but they do not have to submit actual “proof”. Judge Southwick writes “There is nothing fundamentally unreasonable about what BP accepted but now wishes it had not.”
Now that the issue of causation has been answered once and for all, this opens the door for all claimants claiming a “trickle down” effect loss, which in reality and according to the settlement, is a valid BP Claims Payment claim. I expect to see more claimants now, but I do wonder if they are going to run into problems when they seek help through an attorney or a claims office. BPClaims.org is still accepting clients; we were there in the beginning, and we plan on staying until the end. Unfortunately, many other firms have been forced to stop taking BP Claims because most of them are paid on a contingency basis. The halt in payments have made it impossible for these firms to continue to pay office expenses and salaries associated with processing claims. The December 2013 halt in payments hurt the claimants, is going to cost BP more in the long run, and helped BP succeeded in this: the dramatic reduction of firms that were in business to assist the claimants. That may not have been the intention, but it was one of the end results.
Meanwhile, the deadline for business BP Claims Payment is fast approaching. It was originally set for April 22, two days after the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. It now has been extended to late summer. We at BPClaims.org are still accepting claims, and we are still fighting for our clients. Now that the order to resume payments has passed, we are cautiously optimistic and expect payments to resume for businesses by April 2014 on every BP Claims Payment.
Contact BPCLAIMS.INFO by calling 1-800-272-5246 or 1-800-BPCLAIMS
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