Category Archives: Gulf Coast Claims Facility
BP Settlement and what should be next
There is a lot of pure conjecture going on about the BP Settlement, some based in Fact, and others are pure fiction. The BP Settlement is about to pay, and pay BIG, people that are in our circle, are getting calls on a daily basis from Brown Greer and Price WaterHouse asking for updated information. This is a good sign that the BP Settlement Claims process is going to start paying out soon.
Expect BP Settlements Soon
From what we have been hearing, expect a major wave of BP Claims to receive offers around September 10th. That seems to be the date everyone that is in the know keeps referring to. I would not be giving you all dates if I didn`t think it was about to happen myself.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims
So lets say you receive an offer from the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund, what happens next? Well first you either accept it, or decline it, or you may wish to appeal it. Lets say you accept it, first remember whatever other claims you may have, must be settled within the terms of the Deep Water Horizon Settlement. Now from what I keep on hearing BP still has the right to appeal your settlement offer but has a limited amount of time to do so.
- If your Claim is under $250,000.00 BP has 10 days to appeal your Claim
- If your Claim is between $250,000.00-500,000.00 they have 15 days to appeal your Claim
- If your Claim is over $500,000.00 they have 20 days to appeal your Claim
Now mind you this is my summation of it, I am not a lawyer, I just think people need to be aware of a few things, more on the appeals process in my next blog, and how it can work for the claimant.
Updating Your GCCF Claims
If you had a claim at the GCCF it has to be updated for the BP Settlement. If you need Help and would like people that we think can help you do so they charge 15%. You need to update you BP Claims that were at the GCCF so you can get paid by the Settlement.
There are only 54,000 BP Claims at the BP Settlement as of now, expect that number to soar as soon as the money begins to hit the streets, my advice is to get on this now, not when everyone in town is sending in their paperwork at the same time.
We have seen this before, for example when the GCCF finally started paying out, waiters and waitresses were some of the first to get checks, then came all of their friends, and I mean lots of friends. The same thing is going to happen when the Settlement fund begins to pay.
If you need Assistance from what I feel are some of the Best Adjusters, and CPA`s in the country handling this process please fill out the form to the right. They have a proven track record of collecting from BP and their fees start at just 15%.
If you need the Assistance of an Attorney their fees are usually around 25%.
Best of Luck to All,
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BP Settlement: Looks like BP may be ready to settle
BP Settlement News: As the February 27th trial against BP looms in the near future, BP Settlement rumors are flowing into the news. BP is looking to settle and the BP settlement amount is looking to be between 20-25 billion. This is on top of the $20 billion dollars that was used to set up the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to pay BP Claims. BP was responsible for the April 20th, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion that killed 11 men and dumped enormous amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
If there is no BP Settlement, Judge Barbier will be hearing the case and without a jury to help, BP’s fate lies on his shoulders. This news comes after the new charges that claimants now look at, because Barbier decided that every claimant should pay 6% out of their BP settlement check to be put in escrow for the attorneys spending time on the multi district litigation. This initially meant that even people who are not involved in the multi district litigation will be lining the pockets of attorneys who are not representing their cases. This has since changed. Only cases at the MDL will be charged the 6%. This has taken some pressure off Judge Barbier. With the new talk of a possible 20-25 billion dollar BP settlement, people may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. A BP Settlement could be settled out before the trial, but just because they are trying to settle out does not mean that people have to settle. This will be the first of many lawsuits BP will face in the future.
Will the BP Settlement Come in Before the Trial?
If the US government and BP do not reach a BP Settlement for BP Claims then BP should prepare for court. The trial will take place in court room C268 in New Orleans, and Judge Barbier will make the decision that will affect BP’s entire future. The court room can hold around 200 people, and on February 27th it will be busting at the seams. The multi-district litigation will include the majority of claims against BP, Haliburton and Transocean. It will also include state governments, individuals and businesses who show a loss as a result of the spill, and claims between the three companies on trial. Transocean was the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and Haliburton was the contractor that provided the cement that was supposed to seal the well. There are 533 separate cases rolled into one big trial, and there will be more cases added before the trial date. Lawyers are still taking cases and boosting their advertisements to get as many cases in this trial as possible. A commercial fisherman from Louisiana has put in a claim of $4 million from losses from the oil spill. The GCCF did what they have done for many claims and offered out only $25,000 to George Barisich. He has refused to settle and is one of the many cases that has joined the multi-district litigation hoping to collect from the BP Settlement. Many BP Claims have gone unpaid. A BP Settlement is in BP’s best interest.
With over five hundred cases the court documents add up to more than 72 million pages. There are 303 video depositions and over 7700 exhibits in evidence. Ninety firms have worked over 230,000 hours on this case, and these are just the private sector attorneys. The Pre trial hearings are getting very interesting. The U.S .claims that BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum are all accountable under the Clean Water Act. This would penalize them anywhere from 1100 per barrel split to 4300 if the spill was a result of gross negligence or willful misconduct. The US government does not feel they will have any problem proving willful misconduct from Transocean at the least. As of right now BP and Anadarko are pointing fingers at Transocean and in turn, Transocean is pointing the finger right back. If the judge awards the maximum amount, these penalties could reach 20 billion alone. BP would be better off to go ahead and agree to a BP Settlement. Regardless of the verdicts, there will be appeals and BP will not be out of the woods for a long time to come.
Morgan Stanley believes there is anywhere from a 70 to 80 percent chance of a BP Settlement, and they will pay between 20-25 billion dollars to compensate all federal claims including possible criminal penalties. This leaves a good chance that we will see a BP Settlement, and people will start getting their compensation. BP, Transocean, Haliburton, Ken Feinberg, and the GCCF are under severe scrutiny in regards to negligence that caused the oil spill, and negligence and misconduct in paying claims out to the people who suffered from the BP Oil spill. The GCCF is still being audited, and criminal charges are a great possibility. Criminal charges have not been filed as of yet but the investigations into criminal negligence will likely cause a BP Settlement as quickly as possible. The government and BP both are willing to reach an agreement on the BP Settlement, its just a numbers game at this time. BP is going to have to offer a fair BP Settlement in order for people to be happy. If they offer an unfair amount, people are going to continue to fight.
BP Settlement: GCCF Still Denying Claims
Just this week BP has denied the 11.8 million dollar claim from Gulfport. The city put a claim in for lost sales tax, over $1 million in property taxes and over $6 million in community damages. BP stated that Gulfport has not given adequate documentation of sales or property tax losses from the time of the Oil spill. BP has already tried to settle out for $76,000 with Gulfport, but the offer was rejected. The city is still hoping that the claim can be settled without having to go to court but does not understand how a bp claim was worth $76,000 and now it is not worth anything.
BP Settlement: What we can do for you
Do you qualify for a BP Settlement: Again it is important to remember that just because BP settles out does not mean you have to settle on the amount. The BP Settlement between BP and the U.S. does not mean you have to settle for a less than you deserve. BP and the GCCF have a history of giving low ball offers, and not paying people what they truly lost as a result of the oil spill. BP will have no choice but to settle out. Do not be the one who settled for less than what was deserved. We have BP claims consultants and have connected with attorneys who will help you get the compensation that is owed to you and will fight the GCCF, BP, and Ken Feinberg. We are not standing down, and are still fighting to help as many people as possible get their BP Settlement.
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.
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BP Claims Deadline is August 2013
Eventually you just have enough of something and need to shout it from the Roof Tops. If I see one more ad on T.V. saying you are about to run out of time to file your BP Claims I am going to scream. Some Attorneys and others, are distorting the truth, and trying to create a false sense of urgency when it comes to filing your BP Claims. The Deadline to file your BP Claims is August 2013, and in my opinion it should be extended. The fact is we did not know the effects from the Valdez Disaster for 3 years, so to create a BP Claims Deadline that ends in 3 years of the original disaster is ludicrous. The GCCF has now admitted that certain claims should receive payouts up to 4 times the 2010 losses, we are just beginning to understand the long term effects.
BP Claims Update: More GCCF Offices to Close
That`s right the GCCF is getting ready to close more offices, the GCCF in it`s ultimate wisdom is closing more offices in the near future. They have been laying of staff for some time now and condensing their operations. The GCCF is pairing down their operations as BP Claims are not coming in, in the numbers they once did. The BP Claims Intake process is winding down, but expect the process to evolve. Mind you there are hundreds of thousands that still need to be helped that have been declared deficient, denied or stalled at the GCCF, and something needs to be done with them. I have heard several possible scenarios of what is to come, but it is still to early to tell.
You Choose how your BP Claims are processed
At BPClaims.org the choice of how your claims are processed are yours . We don`t recommend just one attorney, but several, we don`t recommend just one BP Claims Consultant there are several. Any claims preparer that we recommend has been thoroughly screened. They get people and Businesses results, and if there are ever any issues with any of them you can always call us directly and we will straighten it out for you. BP Claims Consultants start at just 15% and BP Claims Attorneys start at 25%. We have Experts that WILL call you back to help you with your BP Claims.
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BP Claims Group gets client paid in 3 weeks.
The client came into one of our BP Claims Team members offices on November 16th, she is a nail technician in an area with a high rate of tourism. She lost a tremendous amount of business due to the lack of tourism. She had all of her paperwork prepared, and the file was calculated, and needed paperwork was added. Her BP Claim was submitted days later.
On Tuesday of last week she received an Interim offer of $22,500, and a final offer of $22,500. Her claim was clearly out of the area directly impacted by the Spill, but did suffer do to the lack of tourism, a stigma from the spill. She was also part of a new group of claims that were submitted after creating a new processing program, this should ensure a much higher rate of success. We will keep you updated. We will continue to innovate and create new relationships to better serve.
BP Claims are getting paid by the GCCF
The GCCF will often pay your BP Claims if they are valid, and put together in a way that is understandable to the people processing the claims, the key here is to format your BP Claims in such away that they are easily understood. We have been told by the people that are actually processing your BP Claims exactly how to do this. One of our consultant groups we work with now has it`s own representative in the offices Brown Greer, the law firm that is actually processing your BP Claims. This new relationship with an Insider at Brown Greer has proved most useful.
There is a strict set of criteria that the claims must meet, these include financial tests, show causation, proper trending, and the calculations to substantiate the claims. We have also learned that about 75% of the claims that are submitted, fail one or more of these prerequisites, these are not just claims submitted by Individuals and Businesses, but by Attorneys, Accountants, and other Claims Groups. If the BP Claims process was more transparent this would not be the case.
The problem here is that the GCCF has never been completely transparent on how the claims processors need the claim formatted, so it can be understood in a clear and concise manner then processed. Many people believe that the more information one puts in the claim the better. This only allows for more errors while processing. BP Claims need to be put together in a simple and concise format.
The GCCF has been difficult from the beginning, it is our goal to ease these issues, and get to the root of the matter, which is getting your BP Claims paid. If this proves to be an impossible task, more litigious avenues will be utilized.
BP Claims Free Review.
Many of the team members will review your BP Claims for free. If you have received an offer that you think is too low, or if you claim has been denied, found deficient, or is still stalled at the GCCF, the BP Claims Experts that we have connected with will review your BP Claims at no charge. If they can get you more then the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has offered you, they will only charge you for the extra money received. That charge is 15% if you use a consultant, and 25%-33.3% if you need the services of an Attorney.
We will help you with your BP Claims.
The Top 7 Reasons why BP Claims get Denied or Delayed
Most of these are curable and shouldn`t have happened if prepared properly.
7. Category Denial. Being an Oil Rig Worker/Oil Spill Clean Up Worker/government employee
6. Deficiency Denial. Failing to provide needed information within the 30 day expiration period.
5. Deficiency Denial. Failing to provide income data and not submitting evidence before the 30 day expiration to cure the deficiency.
4. Deficiency Denial. Failing to provide evidence of employment/business at the time of the Spill.
3. Trending Failure. The business demonstrated a Post-Spill economic gain.
2. Reviewer Error. An error is made by the reviewer while processing. This often happens if the claims is not formatted in an understandable manner.
And the number 1 reason for denial of GCCF claims……
1. CAUSATION, CAUSATION, CAUSATION.
All of these reasons are valid for getting your BP Claims Denied. For the most part they are also curable. This is why we have assembled a Team of BP Claims Experts to help you with your BP Claims. Some BP Claims are best handled by Consultants and Adjusters that can cure deficiencies with your GCCF Denied Claims, while in other instances you may need an Attorney to help you get through causation or category issues. As the BP Claims process has evolved so have we, we will continue to evolve as needed. Whether it is a consultant or an Attorney or a combination of both, we will help you with your BP Claims.
BP Claims in the News
The GCCF has been in the news lately, it has shown it`s contempt for accountability and the transparency that it once promised. Jim Hood The Attorney General from Mississippi is holding their feet to the fire, and just won a legal victory by getting the Hearings for his audit moved to the State Court of Mississippi. He has been trying since February to audit the Mississippi BP Claims, Ken Feinberg made promises of transparency, but is hiding behind legal wrangling, trying to delay the inevitable. Promises were made, and promises continue to be broken by Ken Feinberg and the GCCF.
How we Handle your BP Claims.
When you fill out a free case review for your BP Claims, we put that information in the hands of the best Team member that can best facilitate your claim getting paid.
We are not aligned with one particular Law Firm or Consultant/Adjuster s firm. We simply want your claim handled by the best group for your particular case.
Think about it this way, do you want the same firm that is handling your business claim, also handling your medical claim, probably not.
Some of our Team members are Large Loss Experts, and have gotten millions in BP Claims paid, others specialize in BP Restaurant Claims , while others specialize with Causation issues, Denied BP Claims, and claims Stalled at the GCCF. Team members range from Claims Consultants and Adjusters to Attorneys that have been up against BP before, and won the largest awards that BP has ever had to pay out. The results have been impressive, lately we are getting BP Claims paid that are organized and calculated properly in record time.
Claims preparation and presentation to the GCCF starts at just 15%, if an Attorney is needed representation starts at just 25%. All fees are paid on a contingency basis, they don`t get paid until you do.
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BP Claims Team getting it Done
BP Claims Team members are getting your BP Business Claims Paid. A recent BP Business Claim got paid within 60 days. Why did this claim get paid so fast, because it was put together correctly from the start. The claimant was organized, he had his accountant prepare the necessary documents, the documents were overnighted to our Claims Consultants outside of Pensacola, numbers were crunched, factors were included, the claim was organized, signed and submitted. The Interim claim was paid, and a final settlement was offered. This is how a claim should be handled, quickly and professionally. The groups that are affiliated with BPClaims.org have strict guidelines to follow. We are here for one reason, to Help as Many as Possible. Let us help you.
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility is paying BP Claims
Our BP Claims Team is getting your claims paid, Individual Claims are getting paid within 3-5 weeks, Business Claims are getting offers well within the 90 day window. Are there exceptions, sure there are, but do to new advances in our BP Claims Team Play Book, the willingness of members of our group to share critical information, claims are getting paid faster then ever. If you want your BP Claim handled by the best in the business, fill out the form to right. We consist of Independent groups of experienced Claims Consultants/Adjusters and Attorneys, consultants fees start at just 15% of what is recovered, Attorneys fees start at 25% of what is recovered.
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.
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Denied BP Claims are still on the Rise
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has shown no mercy for incomplete BP Claims. Many of the claims are not incomplete but simply mislabeled.
This has led many to believe that the GCCF is intentionally misleading people and business’ filing claims. The fact is the GCCF has told attorneys that they can file claims that are not complete. Though a few offers have been made, many are still facing deficiency and denial issues. This is an overt act on the GCCF`s part to confuse an already difficult process. Make sure when you are asked for BP Claims documents that you furnish all of the ones the attorneys or BP Claims adjusters ask for.
BP Claims Audit on Track
Perhaps the biggest news is about the audit. The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with the GCCF audit. The proposal was spearheaded by Marco Rubio and Roger Wicker and was passed as an amendment to a package of spending bills. It should be noted that Jo Bonner and Jim Hood have been tackling this issue for some time. This would insure a review of the process that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility uses to evaluate and pay out claims of economic damage resulting from the oil spill. Hopefully this will get to the bottom of something that should have had more government oversight for some time.
Moratorium BP Claims back on the Table?
Ken Feinberg is making statements that he wants BP to pay for the workers and businesses affected by the moratorium. This is an expected move from Feinberg. As he comes under fire from other areas, he usually tries to offset the scrutiny by doing something positive. He said he needs BP`s permission to do this. It would bode well for him if he could get their cooperation on this issue. The only reason drilling was shut down was because of BP`s shortcuts. Giving people back what the moratorium stole from the people and businesses would only be fair. Moratorium Claims should be paid.
The Seafood Industry and BP Claims
Lets face the truth here, the news it not good on most fronts. The FDA admits the majority of Shrimp show signs of contamination, and the catches of shrimp are down dramatically. Crab catches are down 30-40%. There seems to be signs of some brown matter in most of them, visible since their shells are transparent in the young. For this and other reasons, scientists on the front lines with one of the largest crab wholesalers say it will take 7 years for the crabs to rebound. To top it off pregnant women and children are being advised not to eat Gulf Shrimp. By the way the PAH`s in the Gulf Shrimp bio-accumulate and move up the food chain as they are eaten by predators. In the end we are at the top of that food chain. Feinberg promised to help Shrimpers Claims after getting grilled on Capitol Hill.
BP Claims Help
We have created The BP Claims Dream Team that consists of Claims Adjusters and BP Claims Counselors and Oil Spill Attorneys. It is our intent to get you connected to the groups that will best handle your claim and get you paid as quickly as possible. Certain types of claims are best served by certain Team members. We have seen many claims that are under 50k paid within 3 weeks. We have Team members that specialize in these types of claims, but you do need all of your documentation, including tax records, w-2`s and so on. Team members will organize and calculate your claims with no upfront cost to you. Fees start at just 15% and only get paid when you get paid. Team members can help you with denied claims or claims that are stalled at the GCCF.
We will Help you with your BP Claims.