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BP Medical Settlement Update
Immediately after the oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, efforts were made by BP to begin the cleanup process along beaches and shorelines. A sea-floor oil gusher continued to spew crude oil into the Gulf for 87 days until the leak was capped. In total, 210 million gallons of oil were dumped into the ocean due to BP’s negligence.
90,000 workers and over 7,000 vessels were assembled throughout the Gulf regions to begin containing, dispersing and removing the remaining oil and tar deposits in the summer of 2010.
The clean-up efforts utilized 1.84 million gallons of the dispersant COREXIT, which acted to emulsify oil deposits that would normally rise to the surface, leaving them suspended in the water and on the ocean floor. Many of those working on the spill did so without gloves, masks or any form of protection from the hazardous substances to which they were exposed.
A study performed in 2012 by the Georgia Institute of Technology later revealed that when COREXIT mixes with oil, it becomes 52-times more toxic.
COREXIT is banned in several European countries because it does not pass their laboratory toxicity tests and they feel it is unsafe for human exposure. The composition of COREXIT contains hazardous chemicals which are known carcinogens. If exposed, other chemicals which compose the dispersant can cause damage to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver. Internal bleeding, blindness, and the buildup of chemicals in the flesh have also been witnessed. Some severe cases of exposure have led to death and many other debilitating conditions.
After only 3 years out from the spill, the long-term effects of exposure to crude oil and other dangerous dispersants are yet to be seen. To assist those who were exposed and became ill, BP created the BP Medical Settlement.
Current Status of the BP Medical Settlement
On January 11th 2013, the United States District Court in New Orleans granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement. However, because two appeals were made to the settlement in February, no claims are being reviewed or paid out. In July, one of the appeals was dropped, but one is still being contested. Until this appeal is resolved affected individuals will not receive any financial or medical help from BP. The only move that has been made thus far is the Gulf Study, a research program sponsored by the US Government and BP to monitor the environment and individual health of those that were exposed to the oil and chemicals.
Why aren`t BP Medical Claims getting Paid
The remaining appeal was filed by Darrell Palmer, an Attorney from California with four clients out of Florida who suffered from exposure to the harsh chemicals. The Plaintiffs Steering Committee asked that a $50,000 bond be placed on Palmer which he would be forced to pay to continue the appeal. The judge placed that bond and Lawyer Theodore Frank paid it for Palmer and will continue the appeal in his place.
If the appeal is lifted, the BP Medical Settlement will have to start reviewing claims and paying the affected individuals. Some claimants can expect to receive up to $60,700 for damages they suffered. The conditions of the settlement would also allow them the right to litigate at a later date should any further spill-related medical conditions arise. Unfortunately at the moment though, all of this is at a standstill until the appeal on the settlement has been lifted.
People have become very sick from exposure to these carcinogenic chemicals, yet medical claims are not being paid. Many are out of work because of conditions imposed upon them by their past as a cleanup worker. Although the economy was highly affected by the spill, it seems as if people’s health is much more important than compensating a business for lost revenue.
From day one, we have been in this to help people.
W.C. Bohack the principal of BPClaims.org was on the water off Grand Isle in mid June 2010, to see firsthand what exactly was going on, he has often mentioned you could taste the Corexit in the air, and wandered what the after effects would be. We are seeing a continued rise in certain cancers and other respiratory and skin issues, many of them, chronic. These are issues that we will be dealing with for many years to come. Including the cleanup workers and those that resided in affected zones, over 200,000 may be eligible to receive medical benefits through the BP Medical Settlement.
We have been assisting people that were injured by the use of Corexit since the very beginning, we have been in touch with some of the best personal injury attorneys in the country who will fight to get you justice. They are actually having people go to doctors, to be tested and they are paying for it. Do not hesitate to call. If have been experiencing any health changes since the spill that you feel may be related, contact us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or fill out our form.
By Author: Brittany Rader
How can you receive the BP Settlement you deserve?
Not only did the April 2010 BP oil spill cause extreme damage and devastation to the environment, it also had a ripple effect throughout the entire economy of the Gulf Coast of the United States. Businesses and Individuals in the affected areas saw a decline in revenue and earnings following the incident as a direct result of the lack of tourism, rising prices of seafood, and many other factors. The first response for economic reimbursement was the GCCF, later replaced by the BP Settlement which now oversees all claims.
How do I know if I qualify to file a BP claim?
To be eligible to file a valid BP Settlement claim, a business or an individual’s business address must fall within one of the specified BP Economic Loss Zones. The claimant must also make sure that the nature of their business is not included on the list of ineligible entities. At this point, financial documentation will need to be provided to prove the loss.
BP Settlement Individual Claims
Individual claimants will need to provide tax documents and pay period earning statements from at least 2009-2011 to show that their hours or wages were reduced as a direct result of the spill. Most individuals also will need to establish an eligible employer by having an authorized business representative submit a sworn statement that the employee’s financial losses were directly related to the spill.
The amount of compensation an individual can expect to receive is directly correlated to the amount of money they lost in the compensation period as compared to the benchmark period. Therefore, every payout will vary on a claim to claim basis.
BP Settlement Business Claims
Businesses outside of Zone A must prove their damages by passing a causation test. The causation test is an algorithmic calculation which uses financial figures from a business’s monthly profit and loss statements to determine the eligibility of the claim. This test uses the provided figures to try to find a certain percentage of decline in revenue in the months following the spill in 2010, as compared to those same months in 2009. The financials should also show a certain percentage of uptake in those same months in 2011. The percentage of decline in 2010 and incline in 2011 that are needed to pass the “V-trend test” will vary based upon which geographical zone the businesses address falls within.
The amount of compensation a business can expect to receive is based upon which zone the business is located in, the nature of the business as evidenced by the NACIS code, and the amount of loss in the compensation period. Once again, the amount of compensation will vary on a claim by claim basis, as many factors come into play for business claims.
Is there a quick way to find out my eligibility?
For a BP Settlement business claim, we can run the basic financials through our preliminary calculator and quickly determine if the claim passes causation or if it does not. For a preliminary calculation we would need:
The business address
Monthly Gross Revenue for Jan 2007-Dec 2011
If the business passes causation we would then need further documentation to calculate the businesses estimated compensation amount and to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
Do I Need to Hire a Professional?
It is not completely necessary to hire a professional. Many people file claims on their own without representation. However, there are many reasons why you might choose to seek guidance on this matter. We hear from business and individual claimants every day who have filed claims on their own and are being delayed with multiple incompleteness notices and are frustrated and fed-up.
The Court-Supervised 1,300 page BP Settlement is an extremely detailed and convoluted document which can be overwhelming and disheartening to those who have no prior experience with the legal components that professionals are equipped to handle.
What Services do we offer?
Our team of experts helps you gather and prepare the needed documents for review. The claim is then assessed for eligibility, completeness and validity. Business claims are calculated either by a CPA or under the direct supervision of a CPA to ensure accuracy of the expected compensation figure. At this time the complete claim will be filed.
Once the claim is filed to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, should there be any discrepancies regarding paperwork or financials, we work with the client to handle all incompleteness notices, requests for reconsideration, re-reviews, appeals, and denial notices. Clients may always feel free to contact us regarding the status of their claim, and know that we notify them immediately when we have any deadlines pending.
How do I begin the process of filing my claim?
There is only a short time remaining to file all claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, the deadline being April 22, 2014. Call us today for a free claim assessment. If you have your preliminary documents in order, we may be able to quickly run a calculation to determine your eligibility. Call 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete the BP Settlement form on the right and someone contact you shortly thereafter.
Author: W.C. Bohack
The Court-Supervised Deepwater Horizon Settlement was set forth to compensate businesses and individuals that were financially harmed by the oil spill explosion caused by BP in April of 2010. BP has estimated the costs related to compensating claims to be 7.8 billion dollars; however, there is no cap on the total amount that will be paid out. The total amount of compensation will depend upon the number of qualifying claims that receive an offer. Therefore, the estimated 100,000 claims being filed may end up receiving less than the 7.8 billion dollars that has been set aside, or more.
Is anyone excluded from filing to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement?
There are certain industries that BP has excluded from the Settlement. Those who owned a business in or worked within any of the industries listed below are ineligible to file claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
- Governmental Organizations
- Real Estate Developers
- Insurance Entities
- Financial Institutions, Funds, Financial Trusts, and other Financial Vehicles
- Oil and Gas Industry Entities
- Entities selling or marketing BP-branded fuel
- Gaming and Casino Entities
- Those who chose to exclude themselves from the Economic Class
- Those that were required to file under the Oil Pollution Act
How can I determine my eligibility to file a claim?
Businesses and Individuals in almost any other industry may be eligible to file a claim providing the physical address of their business or employer from the time of the spill falls within one of the designated “Economic Loss Zones”. These are geographic regions that have been recognized by BP as areas that were either directly or indirectly affected by the spill.
How can I determine my business loss?
After you have determined that your business was located within an Economic Loss Zone, it will be time to take a look at your financials.
All businesses, (except those located in Zone A) will need to prove their damages (causation) by showing a specific percentage of lost revenue, lost variable profit, and loss of potential revenue growth in the selected months of 2010, as compared to the same months in the benchmark period. They will also need to show a specific amount of uptake in those same months in 2011. This revenue pattern is referred to as the V-trend and if the financial documents follow this pattern, the business automatically proves causation.
What documents do I need to provide for a Deepwater Horizon Settlement claim evaluation?
The initial causation test is a complex, formulaic calculation which can quickly determine whether your business qualifies under the settlement, and roughly how much compensation you are eligible to receive. The preliminary test requires the following:
- Business Address
- NAICS code
- Gross Revenue Statements from Jan 2007- Dec 2011 (or a minimum of Jan 2009-Dec 2011)
After this calculation, if it is determined that the claim is valid, additional paperwork will be needed to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
Why Should I Seek the Help of a Deepwater Horizon Settlement Claims Preparer?
The Court-Supervised Settlement Agreement is a 1,300 page document filled with complexities and intricacies that can be confusing and frustrating to those with no experience in this field.
Our team of experts prepares and files claims that have been checked for accuracy and validity. We help the client prepare all necessary documents and ensure the claim is complete before it is filed.
Our financial calculations are preformed either by a CPA, or under the direct supervision of a CPA, to ensure we come as close to the actual compensation amount as possible.
Should there be any discrepancies from the settlement once the claim has been filed, we handle all incompleteness notices, appeals, re-reviews, reconsiderations, or denials in a timely manner.
We fight for our clients and push the claim as far as it can possibly go within the Deepwater Horizon settlement. If the claim cannot proceed any further, and the claimant does not receive a settlement, they owe us nothing.
Time is Limited – Act Now!
If you have your paperwork ready, we can quickly calculate whether or not your business qualifies under the guidelines of the settlement. Time is running low; with the deadline to file all claims being April 22, 2014. The more quickly we can gather the documents, evaluate and file the claim, the more quickly it can be reviewed and paid out through the settlement.
If you’ve ever wondered if you qualify to file a BP Claim and you have the preliminary documents at hand, call us today or fill out the form on this page to speak to claims representative immediately. Help is just a phone call away.
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It seems rather ironic that on July 8th, shortly after our Country`s Celebration of Independence, BP will continue it’s pursuit to exclude certain groups from the BP Settlement, it`s not enough they poisoned our waters, left many with out work, and left many seriously ill. They continue to turn a blind eye to the trickle down affect of our local economies.
BP is asking for a one sided ruling from the Fifth Circuit. It should not be granted.
It is Amazing how BP is arguing against compensating claims based on the Settlement Agreement they set up, because they feel it unfairly treats some claimants due to mathematical anomalies in the claims formula.
What you don’t hear them stating is, if their position is granted, they should reopen the causation testing process and claims process to all of the Gulf Coast businesses in Zone C and D that were turned away from compensation due to unfortunate timing of revenues that resulted in BP’s favor and denied those claimants compensation. The Customer Mix Test was a vicious trap that has left many claimants without a dime.
What you don’t hear them stating is if their position is granted, we may have to recalculate all claims processed to date and claimants may actually have to pay back monies under the new method of calculation.
If the Court decides to grant BP`s request, there needs to be balance, and that means all of the people that took Quick Pays should be able to come back to the table, and the Customer Mix Test needs to modified, or done a way with.
While Feinberg was declaring himself independent, and after starving out so many, he unleashed perhaps the most heinous aspect of this whole quagmire. People were forced to take Quick Pays, the keyword here is forced, and that is something that Louis Freeh should be looking into.
The BP Settlement Has One Bad Apple
Louis Freeh the former Director of the FBI has been asked to look into some misconduct by an Attorney working for the Fund for doing some favors for a Law Firm in New Orleans. The fund was alerted of this some time ago, and David Welker, the Head of Security for the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Fund took immediate action. Much of the Attorneys actions occurred before he went to work for the fund in November 2012.
It just seems that for this news to break, at this particular time, with the July 8th date looming, it all seems very orchestrated. Couple that with BP`s new ad Blitz, come on now, eyes wide open guys.
BP Settlement Investigation
Since Judge Barbier has granted Mr. Freeh to go “fact-finding as to any other possible ethical violations or other misconduct” within the settlement program, I beg of him to look at the Quick Pay Scam, without doubt it was the Most Egregious Betrayal of the Public Trust. There would not have been a Deepwater Horizon Settlement had the GCCF been managed correctly, and Feinberg actually kept his promises, and that Mr. Freeh, is something We the People of the Gulf, really need you to sort out
Mr. Freeh, you are a welcome addition to this ever evolving situation, but I truly think you will find more dirt turning over the stones of the GCCF, then you ever will for The DeepWater Horizon Settlement.You will find layers upon layers of deceit, cloaked as incompetence, all meant to thwart people getting paid what they truly deserved.
It`s really this simple, the GCCF was run by Feinberg (paid by BP) and he hired Brown Greer. The Leadership of the Settlement Fund eventually had to create workarounds as BG were up to the same old tricks , stalling claims, hence Postlethwaite & Netterville comes into play ( hired by the Leadership of the Fund), and are doing a fantastic job.
The GCCF used a tried and true tactic of Delay, Deny, and Defend, that Mr. Freeh should definitely be on your agenda.
The BP Settlement is run by Judge Barbier and Pat Juneau, not BP, Americans who just want implement a Settlement that BP agreed to, and now wants to renege on.
For far too long British Petroleum was in charge, as they victimized the people of the Gulf.
Now as The BP Settlement finally gains traction, they are struggling to be in charge once again, didn`t we have to deal with this over 200 years ago.
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Just for the record, I am going to say, “I told you so.” While everyone was booing the folks that run the settlement, and some thought they were in BP`s pockets, these folks were on your side. Nothing could have proved it more than the stance the BP Settlement Leadership has taken against BP in recent weeks and months as BP tries to change the terms of the BP Settlement. I do understand many peoples’ frustrations, as BP Claims are slow to get paid. Please understand the claims are getting paid, and the people that run the program have multiple issues to deal with, such as this assault from BP.
Even the Plaintiff Steering Committee has come armed to the teeth to defend your rights under the settlement. I have read the most recent documents the PSC has presented to the court, and they are awesome. They stood up for the people, they were relentless in attacking BP`s stance, and they were right.
BP is trying to wiggle; they have realized uncapping the economic settlement was not a good idea, even with their traps, such as the Customer Mix Test, putting deadlines for people with Seafood Compensation Claims, fraudulent OPA deadlines, and the list goes on. I am not an Attorney, but this is what I believe. They cut a deal that they are trying to back out of and that is the fact.
BP is out to screw you; shocking but true. First they gave you Feinberg, who claimed himself Independent until the Judge stopped him from saying that by a court order; as they were paying him an exorbitant amount of money. At the same time he was convincing people, specifically those in the seafood industry, to accept quick pays. Unfortunately, after he starved them out, over 200,000 people took them. They should be able to come back to the table.
Then they negotiate a Settlement that they agree to, and after they realize how much they may actually have to pay, they want out. All of this on the heels of the news that they knew an explosion could be imminent days before it actually happened.
What to expect from the hearing on the 5th? Nothing. The Judge will rightfully hold BP to the settlement, BP will appeal to the 5th circuit, claims will continue to get paid, and eventually BP will have to pony up. They will not be able to wiggle out of this one.
However, if BP gets their way, construction folks, professional people and AG families will all be under fire, and probably apt not to get paid. If I fell into one of these categories I would make sure my BP Claims were filed sooner rather than later.
So all of those commercials you see on TV, the hype, the PR machine, it`s all BS and BP is proving that in court. If they were people of their word, and they are not, they would be living up to the terms they agreed to under the BP Settlement. It`s just that simple. My Grandfather always said, look at people’s actions, not their words, and he was never more right.
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DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fairness Hearing News
Yesterday was a big day for people that are or want to be a part of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. Attorneys from around the Gulf and beyond, brought up their objections and opinions to Judge Barbier, they addressed the issues that they had with the BP Settlement.
Some Attorneys had some very valid points especially around people that had fallen ill, and it was pointed out that though there is a lot of testing going on, what about actually helping the people that are sick. There has not been one red cent allocated for that, and some of these people are seriously ill, and the settlement may not work for many who are seriously ill. They need help now.
My overall opinion of how the Judge handled things was very good, he smelled out self serving attorneys, that were just trying to make changes in the Settlement in minutes, and quickly exposed their true motives. He was genuinely concerned in what he saw as glitches within the Settlement. In the end he went through the pros and cons and mentioned how the Exxon Valdez still has some proceedings going on 23 years later, and he didn`t want that to happen here. He spoke highly of Pat Juneau and the work he and his staff are undertaking, and in the end I believe he will sign off on the BP Settlement.
My Belief is the DeepWater Horizon Settlement will be approved.
There are still alot of issues that need to be addressed, I`m not sure how they will, but for sure they will one way or another. The DeepWater Horizon Settlement will not be a platform for them however. When the Settlement is ratified it will be exactly as you see it today, atleast that`s what I am betting on.
There are attorneys that are taking in clients that took quick pays based upon signing under duress, especially fishermen, and people making a living from the Water. It seems as though they are particularly interested in these claims, and who knows if they get somewhere with these, it could open the door for others.
The Settlement should mature from what we have seen so far as processes are refined, staff is put into the proper places according to need, and an overall better system evolves.
If you have a claim that you think meets the terms of the Settlement, or are unsure please feel free to contact us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM, or fill out the form to the right.
We will Help You with your Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
We have the largest network of Claims Adjusters, CPA`s, and Attorneys that have proven track records of getting people paid.
If you are a business and received an incomplete notice we have Groups that will help you for as little as 10%. Groups within the network all have different areas of specialty, take advantage of their expertise.
We have Groups that Specialize in
- The Appeals Process
- If your claim was Denied
- Claims not covered under the Settlement
- Business Claims
- Developer Claims
- Individual Claims
- Seafood Claims
- Claims that need to be updated from the GCCF
- and of course new BP Claims
Recently we have relocated to a larger office, and added staff to better assist you.
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The October 1 Opt Out date needs to be Extended
There has been a lot of conversations lately about the BP Settlement. A number of High Powered Attorneys would like to see the opt out date of October 1 to be extended. Personally I think it makes sense. The BP Settlement is just becoming better understood by so many. It wasn`t very long ago that we all got the terms of the settlement and got a handle on how to process BP Claims for the Settlement.
Everybody has had a pretty fast learning curve to grasp, new processing methods, new formulas, and more documentation. Do you all know what it is like to collect documentation, let me tell you all from first hand experience, it is not easy.
That being said, The GCCF has such an inconsistent methodology, rule changes when ever it suited them, a number of Attorneys and others decided to take a wait and see approach, and after a lot of disappointments with the GCCF, many were thinking more about going to trial then submitting anymore claims that were just not going to see the light of day under the GCCF. Initially I had some real issues with this, I went head to head with a number of Attorneys over this issue, but can now see the logic and their point of view, and to a few of them I apologize, you know who you are.
Then came the Settlement, new leadership, new guidelines, new timelines. The Settlement was granted preliminary approval on May 2, basically 3 months ago. Some of the Attorneys in this litigation have over 10, 000 claims some even more then 20,000 claims, that`s a lot of claims. There is no way on God`s green earth that with all of the claims the Attorneys have in house, and many are now processing in house, they can handle these kinds of caseloads in that amount of time, and if they are not granted more time the New BP Settlement Fund can be assured that these Attorneys will be opting out the MAJORITY of their case loads, and I don`t think any of us want that.
BP Settlement and Transparency
On a different note but in the same vein, we get a lot of calls from people that want to know where their claim is at with their Attorney, we tell them to call their Attorney, some Attorneys choose not to return phone calls, it would be a wonderful mechanism if people who had Attorneys could check on their claims without having to call their attorneys. This would eliminate a lot of problems, people would know where their claims were at, they may even be able to find out what documentation they need to provide, and it would help make the process more transparent all the way around. Some Attorneys have tackled this problem head on and created client portal so the clients can see exactly where their claims are at, we think that`s a heck of an idea, but also think it would be great if this was spearheaded by the leadership of the Settlement and it was done for all claimants, sorry guys, I know you have a lot on your plate but it would HELP a lot of people.
Corexit and The Oil Spill
Since I am on my soap box for this particular blog, lets talk about Corexit, sick people getting sicker and what we are hearing from you. There are two very alarming trends out there one is the amount of people that work in the water like oystermen dieing from strokes. Blood pressure spikes seem to be a common theme from everyone we talk to who has been in contact with Corexit. These men and women and particularly clean up workers, voo workers and oystermen are experiencing an exceptionally high amount of strokes and heart attacks. The National Institute of health is running around the Gulf taking hair and nail samples, this should speak volumes.
The other trend we are hearing about is the amount of women and families that are experiencing miscarriages and babies that have been born sick and not making it. Many of these people had direct contact with Corexit, and worked on the Oil Spill. this is a tragedy at the highest level, and why more has not been done to help All of these people I have no idea.
You didn`t think I wasn`t going to mention quick pays, anyone who reads this blog knows that of all the screwing of the people worst hit by the oil Spill, Quick Pays were the worst thing to happen to most of the fishermen and businessmen affected by the spill. Nobody ever even knew Quick Pays were going to be a part of the process, we all were told people would be able to take Final pays and Interim claims, which actually made sense. When Feinberg unleashed the Quick Pay Scam and suckered people into taking this blood money so they could save their houses, boats, cars and families he did the biggest disservice to The People of the Gulf, people did not even know how long their livelihoods would be affected, and for a messily 5k or 25k many gave up their right to Sue BP, this needs to be fixed and fixed soon.
Just a few thoughts and by the way I am for the BP Settlement we just have a few things that need to be addressed.
Best of Luck to All, and Gods Speed,
The BP Settlement sent out it`s first Offers
It has been reported that over 1,110 BP Settlement offers went out Friday, this is big news. It looks as though The New BP Settlement Fund headed by Patrick Juneau and supervised by Judge Barbier are actually going to make sure the job gets done.
In our estimation they are ahead of schedule, there were a few errors in the beginning, but the numbers look promising.
The average BP Settlement offer was around 44k.
We are not jumping for joy just yet, but it is promising.
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We Can Help You File Your Claims if:
- You have never Filed a Claim
- Your Claim is Stalled at the GCCF
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Is the BP Settlement going to be a Gulf Coast Stimulus Package
If you all remember the economic shape our region was in after the real estate bubble burst in 2006, 2007, 2008,and 2009, were tough years, it wasn`t till the beginning of 2010 that the Gulf Coast began to feel an uptick in the overall economy. The BP oil spill on 4/20/10 put an end to that recovery for many.
It would not be till mid 2012 that many would get the sense the economy was moving in the right direction again. The BP Settlement by many is looked at as a Gulf Coast Stimulus Package, and indeed it could serve as such for the businesses that survived, and make it right for the ones that did not.
In all reality the BP Oil Spill thwarted the comeback our economy was making in 2010, and should pay for what they did.
Quick Pays, Quick Pays, Quick Pays and the BP Settlement
We all know that Quick Pays have not been addressed in the BP Settlement, they need to be.
We have heard from more then 20,000 people and businesses since this site has been up, over 200,000 people took Quick Pays.
Quick Pays were presented under Feinberg, when we all expected Interim Claims to begin. Interim Claims would have paid people while the true extent of the damage was equated, Quick Pays, a mechanism that was never mentioned until Feinberg took over, became the standard.
They were a travesty, and many are feeling it now, especially the fishermen.
- Catches of Brown shrimp are down over 90%,
- Blue Crabs are dying on their way to the market,
- Oyster harvesters are harvesting just 15%-25% of what they would usually bring in.
- These people were the first target of the Quick Pays, and they are experiencing the greatest ramifications.
We have often been told that representatives of the GCCF would meet these people at the docks and tell them they needed to sign these documents to get the 25k or 5k from the GCCF, many did, not realizing that they gave up their rights to sue BP for future damages. Many business owners took the Quick Pay so they could stay in business or pay the mortgage. People were held economic hostages by the GCCF.
The BP Settlement or some other mechanism needs to address this. Quick Pays preyed upon people, Feinberg worked for BP, he proclaimed himself independent, it took a Judges order to stop him saying he was independent.
Doesn`t it make sense that a Claims Administrator declaring himself INPEPENDENT when in fact he was paid by BP, and starving people out, forcing them to take Quick Pays, caused more then just confusion.
Feinberg has caused an ongoing economic disaster for many, and it needs to be fixed.
BP Settlement Solutions
We at BPClaims.org, just want to make sure that your BP Settlement Claims gets into the best possible hands. As this has unfolded different groups have distinguished themselves in handling specific types of claims.
We have been involved in this process for a long time.
There are groups that specialize in:
- Business Claims
- Medical Claims
- Individual Claims
- Property Claims
- VOO Claims
- Seafood Compensation Claims
- Claims that may need to be litigated.
We even process some BP Claims in house, and process for Attorneys and CPA`s.
Fees range from 15% for CPA`s and Claims adjusters, up to 25% for Attorney Assistance.
We will Help you with your BP Settlement.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Overview
It has been a week since the DeepWater Horizon Settlement has officially begun. What can we say except we told you this was going to be a mess, and it is.
There are over Forty different claims forms, many of you have multiple claims, and are finding the mountain of data needed overwhelming.
Not to worry, we have been hard at work, in an effort to make this easier for you.
We have created Alliances with different Law Firms, Adjusters and Properly Staffed Consultant Groups all with different areas of expertise.
The DeepWater Horizon Settlement should be handled by professionals that have a very high degree of competency with DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims.
They Specialize in:
- Business Claims
- Denied BP Claims and Claims that are Stalled
- Medical Claims
- Property Claims
- VOO Claims
- Seafood Compensation Claims
- Individual Economic Loss Claims
We will be helping them put together the paperwork and documentation for your DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims. Most of you will have one point of initial contact to assemble your Claim, and that will be the team at BPClaims.org, we are available from 9-5 p.m. everyday.
Our staff has extensive knowledge of assembling BP Claims. Team members charge from 7.5% for large loss claims to 33.3% for Medical Claims that include a medical screening. Most economic claims run between 15-20%.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Pyramid
The DeepWater Horizon Settlement is just another mechanism to glean out valid BP Claims and get them paid. Think about the BP claims process like a Pyramid.
This is how the BP Claims Pyramid Works, we know this because it is based on a model that Insurance companies have used for years.
- They will first get the people that are most desperate to cash out first, here they used Quick Pays over 200,000 people and Businesses took these.
- They will work up the Pyramid and take out the people and Businesses that have solid claims but are ready to settle hence the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Program, most of these will be small to midsize claims.
- Expect a new mechanism here that has yet to be identified, that will take out the larger claims.
- Finally some claims will move into the Litigation phase but most will be settled before they reach court.
This is how Settlements like this have moved forward for years don`t expect the Deepwater Horizon Settlement to be much different. Those who can hang in there the longest will reap the largest rewards.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement News
Lets remember they are just getting this ramped up, but the overall consensus is that this settlement will not last. There will be too many people opting out, too many law firms not opting their case loads in, and if you follow the pyramid example, the DeepWater Horizon Settlement is just one more mechanism to get claims settled.
The big question is will they settle out the larger claims, if they do, the DeepWater Horizon Settlement has a chance of making it, if they wait these claims out, to when the deadlines come up, it will most likely fail.
As it stands now, we advocate that you at least have all of your Claims well documented, and if you have not filed a claim, consider running it through the BP Claims Program that also just opened up. Yes there are now 2 separate funds to get compensated from. There is the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund and The BP Claims Program run by BP.
We can Help you with the New BP Claims Program and the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Begins Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the day many have been waiting for. The DeepWater Horizon Settlement finally gets underway.
If you need any Help getting your questions answered we are here to help you, just call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM.
We have expanded our staff for as long as needed to assist in the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. Our BP Claims Experts are standing by awaiting your call.
The DeepWater Horizon Settlement has many facets to it. They includes zones, industry types and different sets of multipliers. It also includes a great number of multiple claims for sole individuals.
If you need our assistance in any of the above mentioned issues, we would be happy to assist you. We here at BP Claims can not give you legal advise, since we are not attorneys, but we can help you make up your own mind and tell you the truth and what you qualify for under the BP Settlement. If you need to speak to an attorney or claims adjusters we will assist you, and to get you to the industry experts with proven track records in the field.
The DeepWater Horizons Settlement will just be emerging out of its infancy tomorrow – June 4th. Expect issues with their processing capabilities for the first few weeks. We have heard form several sources that there will be quite a few oversights until they finally “hone their own process.” If you experience any difficulties with DeepWater Horizons Settlement or the facilitation there of, please call us.
We will do what we can to help you and will express your concerns to the leadership of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement if needed.
We are the Advocate for you the Client. In order for us to process claims quickly and maximize them, it is in our best interest.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Solutions
If you are an individual that has been effected by the BP Oil spill, we can help you. We have attorneys and claims adjusters standing by. There charges range from 7.5% over $1,000,000 to 30% for complex medical claims. The average rate per claim is between 15-20% and they do not get paid until YOU get paid. No out of pocket expenses.
For your convenience and those of our DeepWater Horizon settlement teams we will be your liaison for gathering all documentation and creating your claim packet. Therefore, if you want to know where your claim stands, you just have one phone number to call…. 1-800-BP-CLAIMS