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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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The BP Claims Audit Starts NOW
The BP Claims audit is underway according to the Justice Department, they have selected BDO consulting a New York based consulting firm. Representative Jo Bonner had asked Attorney General Eric Holder for an audit back in June. Marc Rubio and Joe Wicker two Gulf Coast Senators pushed through language in appropriation bills last month calling for an audit. The 20 Billion dollar fund run by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility under Ken Feinberg has been difficult for many to get much needed relief from. The fact is though some areas and sectors have rebounded after the BP Oil Spill, the health of the Gulf of Mexico remains uncertain and the seafood industry has been devastated.
What to Expect from the BP Claims Audit
The BP Claims audit will go one of two ways, it will uncover the true level of inconsistency and overall systematic errors in the BP Claims process, or it will gloss over the whole BP Claims process, and we will have more of the same. This is pure conjecture on my part, but after covering this for over a year and a half, you get to know the players and the overall landscape. A new player entering the equation is a hopeful sign though. U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli said that he would like to see the audit completed in March of 2012. If indeed the audit is successful, it is quite possible we could be dealing with a completely different BP Claims process, this has been mentioned several times in the last month.
How should you proceed with your BP Claims
Many BP Claims that have been filed by individuals, accountant groups, attorneys and some consulting groups are not complete. It is very important that all the information that is needed to file your BP Claims be present, organized and calculated correctly. If your BP claims preparer is asking you for more documentation it is very important that you give it to them in a timely fashion.
We have recently been working with an Individual that worked directly for Brown Greer, the Law firm that processed the BP Claims for the GCCF. He worked for the other side and now he works with us, and can work for you. He is here to help you, even if you want to handle the claim yourself. His understanding of the BP Claims process is far reaching. If you would like to engage him, and handle your claim yourself or to assist your accountant or attorney, he will advise you how to present and calculate your claim to optimize the chances for payment, due to the nature of the claims process and the size of claims, his fee is based on a sliding scale. An initial consultation is free. He is a legally trained claims reviewer with a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law. If for whatever reason you decide you would like us to handle your claim after your consultation, your consultation fees will be rebated back to you, when you are paid by the GCCF.
If you would like us to handle your claim directly we can do so for the 15%, of the final award from the GCCF. If you need the assistance of an Attorney we have been working for sometime with what we consider the best in the business, and can suggest several.
We will Help you with Your BP Claims.
Punitive Damages, O.PA. and BP Claims
BP Claims Update: BP will not face claims under states law but under maritime law. The states can sue for punitive damages and negligence as well as product liability. The states law was preempted by the law governing the Outer Continental Shelf, therefore state environmental laws and penalties were excluded. The states will be able to recover their costs however for oil spill clean up. Judge Barbier also noted that BP waived the 75 million dollar cap under O.P.A. Under O.P.A. the states can recover losses due to lost profits and revenues as well as, damage to natural resources and property. If this holds true for the states, shouldn`t it hold true for the individuals and businesses that were affected in those states?
Vessels of Opportunity and BP Claims
As the fight to clean up the oil ensued last year, many fishermen were enrolled in the vessels of opportunity program, known to many as V.O.O. Fishermen and boat owners risked their personal safety and the their boats to clean up as much oil as they could out of the Gulf of Mexico. In June of last year moved by the tragic events that were unfolding I went out to Grand Isle and saw first hand what these fishermen were facing. Let me tell you it wasn`t pretty. You could taste the Corexit in the air as it was being scattered all over the Gulf by planes. BP was suppose to pick up the costs of having these men who were out to save our Gulf, and were ready 24/7, but they have not. Health issues have cropped up for many, boats rendered useless and BP is still trying to evade paying them much of what they are owed. If you were involved with this program, and need help please fill out the form to the right.
BP Claims how we can Help
We at BPClaims.org have come up with multiple solutions to help you with your BP Claims. For the last month I have been from Texas to Tampa and all parts in between working with people, testing and talking about new strategies. The idea has always been to Help as many people as possible, when you see the damage first hand and continually speak to people that were impacted by this tragedy, you just can`t sit on your hands. We have connected with Attorneys, Claims Adjusters, Consultants, and others, all with one goal in mind, to make you whole. Let`s face it the GCCF has not been the easiest to deal with, we have spotted trends, and studied their methodology, and depending on what type of claim you have, will depend on where we forward your information to. One of the most important aspects of all of this is the collection of your information, more is definitely not better. Attorneys, Claims Consultants, as well as Adjusters can help you gather it and format it so your BP Claims are better understood. We have talked to people on the inside they came to us, they are people just like you and me, but they have guidelines, and those guidelines must be met. So if you need help with your BP Claims we will put what we know to work for you, please fill out the form to the right and someone will get right back to you. As a general rule Adjusters/Consultants charge from 10-15% and Attorneys charge from 25%-33.3%.
We can and will help you with your BP Claims
BP Claims Discontent Grows
People upset with the BP claims process marched on D.C. Monday as they showed their discontent towards Ken Feinberg and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The protestors were organized by former comedian/actor turned activist Dick Gregory and Art Rocker chairman of Operation People for Peace. The coalition wants President Obama to answer the needs of its members as they think Ken Feinberg and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility have not met the needs of the people affected by the BP Oil Spill.
GCCF Closes doors to BP Claims Offices
All of this is happening as the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is closing 8 more GCCF offices, making it even more difficult for people to file for their BP Claims. The people of St. Bernard Parish are rallying to keep their GCCF office open so they can file their BP Claims, receive updates and get answers. St. Bernard Parish Councilman Frank Auderer, said the fishermen “are already struggling, so we need to have an office in our area to service those people that have not been serviced yet.” Many of the people of St. Bernard Parish make a living from the resources of the Gulf of Mexico, the people of the parish for the large part have not been paid, does it really make sense for the GCCF to close their office.
There is Help for your BP Claims
We at BPClaims.org are consistently working to improve your chances of getting your BP Claims paid by the GCCF. We have helped many groups of Claims Adjusters, Consultants and Attorneys, get a better understanding of the BP Claims process. We believe you should have an option of choosing Adjusters, Consultants or to be represented by an Attorney. The choice is yours, it is our job to help to make sure what ever group you choose, they are the best at what they do, and they are. Adjusters have been getting smaller claims paid within 3 weeks of filing them with the GCCF, larger bp business claims may take longer, but are getting paid. No matter what size your claim is we have the right group to handle it.
Our Main goal has always been and Will always be to Help as many as possible.
We will help you with your BP Claims.
BP Claims Expert get Claims Paid
In an effort to get your BP Claims Paid, BPClaims.org will continue to innovate, and create relationships with Claims Professionals and Attorneys that are passionate about getting BP claims paid from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The main goal has always been, and will always be, to help as many people as possible. This has led us to share information about the BP Claims Process that we have gathered with numerous groups. About 2 months ago we began a relationship with one such Group. Last week Mark Schwartz and his group, got numerous claims paid by the GCCF , and we at BPClaims.org are very proud of him. Mark listened, he learned, and he got people paid. Mark`s dedication to people hurt by the spill, and his tenacity for getting people paid ALL they are owed,,, awesome.
” You have Multiple avenues to settle your BP Claims”
We at BPClaims.org believe that you should have multiple options for settling your BP Claims. Many people don`t want to litigate their BP Claims, they just want to get paid. We have selected different groups of BP Claims Adjusters and Consultants to help you achieve just that. We also have fantastic attorneys such as Brent Coon if you choose the services of an Attorney. Mark Schwartz the gentlemen I just wrote about, specializes in waiter/waitress claims and charges anywhere from 10-15% of what he recovers, it all depends upon the work involved, on several occasions Mark has done peoples claims for free. We are also helping several different Claims Groups across the Gulf Region get a better understanding of the BP Claims process, so they may better serve you.
BP Claims Pioneers
As I write this I am up in the panhandle meeting with some folks that have been getting people their BP Claims Paid since the beginning, they are the true pioneers of BP Claims Consultants. It has been my privilege to get to know these guys and to work with them. They have consistently had one of the best records of ANYONE getting BP Claims paid. These guys get Claims Paid. They have helped many of the businesses in the Panhandle area get what they deserve from BP and the GCCF. In the last few days we have shared ideas, talked about trends we are seeing, and what should be considered as a future course of action.
The GCCF and BP has had numerous opportunities to “make this right”, the pledge BP used in the beginning, we don`t hear that ad on TV anymore because they decided not to “Make this Right.” We can help you make this right, just fill out the form on the right and someone will contact you.
We will Help you with your BP Claims.
BP Claims and Shrimpers Claims
Breaking news has been released that 53% of the gulf shrimp that were tested contained PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). There has been consumption warnings issued, and shrimping continues to be affected drastically. We are just beginning to realize how much the environment has been impacted since the oil spill and you can be sure we will continue to hear even more devastating news. Ken Feinberg has been reprimanded by Capitol Hill for the way has chosen to handle the BP Claims process. He inferred the shrimpers would get some much needed relief.
With BP Claims deadlines approaching and BP claims offices closing, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has prolonged a state of disarray in the BP Claims process. Thousands of people are stuck in the delay or deny tactic the GCCF has decided to continue on those directly affected by the Oil Spill.
What we found out about the BP Claims process.
The GCCF has made the claims process almost unbearable for those who suffered loss from the oil spill. We have acquired a much better understanding of what is going on inside the GCCF and how the claims process is working behind the closed doors of the GCCF. This has given us a much better understanding of what exactly the GCCF is looking for when processing your claim.
Breaking News: BP Claims Updates.
BP and the GCCF are trying to skate around BP Claims Consultants and have a more direct exchange with individuals filing claims on their own. In doing this the GCCF is aiming to interact only with individuals themselves on their settlement offers and decisions in hopes that the individuals will take low ball offers because of their lack of knowledge and advice from a professional. Can you blame them? Claimants must sign and agree that a BP Claims Consultant be made aware of any new information or decisions being made. This does not include Attorney’s at this time. If you would like to have your claims consultant included in your decision of settlement be sure to send the signed document stating that all information on your claim should also be sent to your BP Claims Adjuster. Do not take a low ball offer without seeking advice from a professional.
Here is how it reads:
Notices and Payments. The GCCF no longer will send letters on claims determinations
or payments to a Claims Preparer. Instead, the GCCF will send all letters and payments
directly to the claimant. If a claimant has submitted to the GCCF a document signed by
the claimant authorizing a Claims Preparer to receive information on the claimant’s
claim, the GCCF will send a copy of each letter to that Claims Preparer.
We will help you with your BP Claims.
BP Claims and your Business
BP Claims for Businesses have had an uncertain path as they navigate the waters of the GCCF. Most BP Business claims have had great difficulty receiving proper compensation through the GCCF and the BP Claims process. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has paid smaller claims with some ease lately, but substantive business claims have had a much more difficult time receiving the compensation they deserve. With greater frequency we are seeing business owners come through our site that have been made a 25k offer, even though they can prove that their BP Claims are much higher. We have yet to see one BP Business Claim that received the 25k offer not at least doubled. Most often the offer is raised between a multiple of 3-7.
BP Claims get stalled at the GCCF
Many BP Claims are stalled at the GCCF, there is a number of reasons these claims get stalled. First and foremost we know that claims get mislabeled at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. This will result in letters of deficiency or a BP Denied Claim. Claimants are often bewildered when they are asked for paperwork that they know they have already sent in. Oil Spill Claims are also held up at the GCCF because they were prepared improperly. Just because you own the business or your bookkeeper or accountant has prepared your claim, most often then not they have left out critical factors of properly calculating your losses and accounting for the proper trending. Worst of all there are persistent accusations of the GCCF telling their staff to slow things down as they are processing claims in order for them to keep their jobs.
BP Claims Solutions for Businesses
At BPClaims.org we have organized the BP Claims Dream Team. We have several different Law Firms for you to speak with regarding your BP Claims, We have several different Claims Adjusting and Consulting Firms for you to speak with. It is our goal to match your claim and your considerations with the company that will best suit your needs. There are a lot of factors to consider during this process. This formula has been highly successful, we are seeing people who came through our website get paid at a record rate. We only have members on our Team that are at the apex of their field. They all have the ability to run shotgun on your claims and pressure the GCCF when appropriate. All BP Claims Team members work on a contingency fee, they don`t get paid until you do. They will help you organize and maximize your claims starting at 15% -33.3%. We will help you with your BP Claims.