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BP Claims and GCCF Fight Begins

BP Claims making the News

BP CLaims Czar

I have been writing for about a month now about BP Claims and the ensuing battle for transparency with the GCCF and Ken Feinberg. BP Claims Lawyers have asked Judge Barbier to appoint a Special Master to the 20 Billion Dollars Oil Spill Claims Fund. Attorney Generals from the Gulf States have asked Judge Barbier to look at complaints that the GCCF is intentionally Delaying, and Denying BP Claims in order to pressure oil spill victims into taking BP Quick Pays. Attorneys for the Plaintiff`s also charge that the GCCF is not in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act, and that all the Quick Pays deserve a second shot at the BP Claims Fund.

Today GCCF Lawyers Defend their Handling of BP Claims

The Attorney for Ken Feinberg, David Pitofsky said in court filings that the BP Claims Funds accomplishments show that there is no need for court oversight. He went on to say that they are overseen by several committees in Congress and the Coast Guard. When asked about the BP Claims Quick Pays he said that “It can be a perfectly rational decision to accept an assured short-term payment over a possibly larger, but postponed long-term payment. He also said that “claimants are drawn by the immediate cash for their BP Claims.”

GCCF Tactics regarding BP Claims

The GCCF is utilizing a Delay, Deny, Defend tactic when it comes to paying your BP Claims. The GCCF is ever changing what they are asking people for regarding documentation, and the BP Claims process is ever shifting and becoming more forensic. People are receiving unsolicited offers from the GCCF mostly in the form of Quick Pays. Many of the Quick Pays that are being offered by the GCCF are far lower then what BP actually owes people and business`s affected by the BP Oil Spill.

What to do about Your BP Claims

Quite simply put them in the hands of a BP Claims Expert, whether you use one of our BP Claims Team members, or find your own. BP Claims Team members are getting oil spill claims paid. We have been working with many of them since the beginning of the spill, and they are doing a fine job getting people paid. We have added some new members that are filling niche`s as new developments in the BP Claims process need to be addressed. BP Claims Team members can look into your claim while it is at the GCCF, and figure out why it is being delayed, cure any deficiencies, and explain your claim to GCCF staff in order to substantiate your claims. BP Claims members can help if your claim was denied, and of course they can help you if you are filing a BP Claim for the first time. All Team members work on a contingency basis, and their fees start at 15%.

Best of Luck with your BP Claims.

 

The GCCF and the BP Claims Process

This week GCCF Claims got Paid

GCCF Claims Office

One of the Claims Professionals we work with received 14 offers on Friday alone, why, because they are very good at organizing and maximizing GCCF claims, or going into your claim while it is at the GCCF recalculating the claim and curing any deficiencies. They have a reputation at the GCCF for being spot on when it comes to their calculations, and not leaving any money on the table. There are true BP Claims professionals who know how to deal with the GCCF, and you can find them here.

GCCF Claims Professionals

There are organizations that have a handle on the BP Claims process, there are law firms, accounting groups, and claims adjusters that have all had success with the GCCF. Some are better with smaller individual claims, while others handle more complex business and personal claims. Sometimes your BP Claims are better off in the hands of an Attorney because of causation issues, and a myriad of other challenges the GCCF may bring up. There is a lot to be said about placing your claim with the right group from the beginning, that truly understands the GCCF and the process.

GCCF and BP Claims Preparation

The GCCF and BP Claims process has been difficult for many people, and many professionals to get a grasp on. The fact is the GCCF methodology, and the trending incorporated within in change on a regular basis. People and business`s are getting oil spill claims paid by the GCCF. Many claims are being held up, because they lack proper documentation, or have been improperly filed either by the GCCF, or by oil spill claimants. It is vital when preparing your GCCF claim that you give them exactly what they ask for, nothing more and nothing less, as it leads to confusion, and allows more room for error. If your BP Claims are not being paid in a timely fashion, and most are not, demand answers from the GCCF. If your BP Claim seems like it should be more, and the GCCF is not explaining it to your satisfaction, put it in the hands of a GCCF professional.


 

BP Claims Process Faces Audit

Hood Sues Feinberg to gain access to BP Claims

BP Claims Hero Jim Hood

Jim Hood the Mississippi Attorney General resorted to the lawsuit because his efforts to gain access to the documents on Mississippi BP Claims have failed. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the audit a day earlier in a letter to Feinberg. These are two of the top Attorneys in the country demanding to audit the BP Claims process, why, because they feel it is unfair, and it is taking to long to get the people their BP Claims money.

BP wants you to file your BP Claims without an Attorney

If the U.S. Attorney General has had to get involved in the BP Claims Process, you can bet it is downhill for the GCCF. The company who does not want you to use a lawyer is now getting it with both barrels from two of the top Attorneys in the Country. The GCCF and Mr.Feinberg had an opportunity to hand over all the documents that Mr.Hood had asked for, instead they delayed, giving him some documents, but not the ones he really wanted. Does this sound familiar? It is going to be interesting when they audit these BP Claims. If the leading Attorneys in the country are gearing up for a full investigation of the BP Claims process, and BP doesn`t want you to use an Attorney when filing your BP Claims, you should certainly see some red flags in the BP Claims Process.

Let me Remind You this is what BP`s ad on Google Reads:

How To Make a BP Claim – You Don’t Need A Lawyer To Claim. | bp.com

www.bp.com

Visit Official BP ClaimsSite Today

BP Claims Solutions a few Thoughts

If BP suggests you go left, think about going right, find a trusted BP Claims professional who can truly make this right for you, and has a track record holding BP accountable. Do your homework, if you feel you can handle your BP Claims yourself, build a personal relationship with someone who works at a BP Claims office, I have seen this pay dividends for a few people. Do not take their final settlement offer, there are just to many unknowns at this time, if you really need the money then o.k., but there maybe consequences down the road.

If your BP Claims were denied, or are still awaiting documents we can still help you,we have Claims Adjusters and Attorneys that are at the top of their respective fields. We are here to help you maximize your BP Claims.

 

BP Claims and Sick People

Feinberg is evading BP Claims for Illness

BP Claims and Sick People

A few months a go Feinberg said he had not seen any BP Claims for illness related from the BP Oil Spill. Then Mr. Feinberg said he had only heard of a few hundred BP Claims resulting from the the Oil Spill. The folks that worked on oil spill clean up, and the bathed in the water, or lived close to the coast and breathed in airborne Corexit are sick. We have received numerous calls from people who filed BP Claims going over their illness all with very similar stories and none getting relief from the BP Claims process.

BP Claims Process and Illness Claims

Feinberg is under heavy fire for not taking action within the BP Claims process for illness claims. His record supporting people that have illness claims in the past regarding agent orange and 9/11 is strong. Knowing that these sorts of claims were going to be raised again in the BP Claims process should have been taken into consideration. It took years to act upon the Agent Orange and 9/11 claims, and we should have all learned from that. Feinbergs excuse is that it is going to take time to know the true extent of the damages as it did in prior cases. The fact is people affected by the Corexit and oil don`t have that much time, and need help now, and not just monetary help but Medical Care, though some ongoing financial help in the form of BP Claims would help.

BP Claims vs. Litigation for Sick People

As it stands the only recourse as I understand it, is for people to sue BP for exposure to Corexit and oil. We have been forwarding your information to Attorneys that are taking action on the behalf of people that have gotten sick, and many of these people have found solace that they are being represented by one of the best Law Firms in the country. The BP Claims process is broken in so many places, and the inability for the process to take into consideration the people who have gotten sick from BP`s carelessness is a testament to it`s inadequacies. I call on Mr. Feinberg to fix, evolve, do so something for these people, other then making them part of a study, because people are dying here, this is about medical help now, and some sort of money that can help them as they can`t work, this needs to be figured into the BP Claims process. This process need to evolve so they can be considered into the BP Claims Process

 

 

 

BP Claims Team gets Oil Spill Claims Paid

BP Claims Team gets client 7 times more then GCCF Offer

We will pay you this much for your BP Claims..don`t let them

Yes it`s true, the business was offered a 25k quick pay for their BP Claims settlement and received over 7 times that amount, and that just one piece of BP Claims news from our BP Claims members, for more on the stories go here. The Business`s had already filed with the GCCF, and were offered BP Claims Quick Pays of 25k, both sought the help from our Team Members, both Team Members exceeded their clients expectations, one Team Member was an Attorney, the other was a Claims Adjuster. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility attempted to get both clients to accept their calculations, the clients of our Team Members decided to get second opinions before accepting their BP Claims offers

BP Claims get a second look while at the GCCF by Team Members

If your BP Claims are at the GCCF, our Team members can look at your BP Claims while they are Under Review, Awaiting Documents, been Denied, or even after there has been offer. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility is trying to get claimants to accept their calculations, their numbers are very often wrong to the benefit of BP. Do not let let the GCCF make the calculations for your BP Claims. The BP Claims process is evolving, and so are the services of our BP Claims Team Members.

As the BP Claims Process Evolves so will We

As the GCCF strategies become more apparent, our BP Claims Team members strategies are evolving as well. We have groups that specialize in Denied BP Claims, as well as Claims that have been filed, but are be held up at the GCCF. They have a track record of getting clients paid quickly, often within 45 days. We have BP Claims Team members who take on BP Claims that may be difficult to prove because of legal or causation issues, and other BP Claims Team members who are looking forward to litigate against BP, and want clients that are in it for the long haul. Since there are different strategies being employed by different Team members, it is important to be clear in letting us know how you want us to proceed. So please be specific about your needs, if we have any questions we will call you. Often we will forward your information to more the one Team Member so they can explain their game plan for your BP Claims, BP Claims Team members charge from 15% up to 33 1/3% if you need the help of an Attorney to handle your BP Claims.

 

 

BP Claims Future Loss and the Fisheries

BP Claims and the Future of the Gulf Coast

Dolphins Dying of Gulf Beaches

With BP trying to mitigate damages by saying everything is back to normal economically, and they will not pay BP Claims for future loses, except in a few cases such as Oystermen, one can`t help but wonder what the future holds for the BP Claims process. The BP Claims process was supposed to make everything right as we endured the worst man made oil spill in history. Remember that it was BP`s negligence that caused the oil spill in the first place, and the BP Claims process was supposed to make it right, or at the very least, as right as it could be. What draws many people to the Gulf Coast is the natural beauty of the Gulf, the fresh seafood, and the splendor of spending a day in the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By all accounts from fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, and crabbers the Gulf`s health has issues. If the Gulf Health deteriorates as has been evidenced, will people want to come here to vacation, and that seems to be the only factor that BP is using when it speaks of taking future loses out of the BP Claims process.

Gulf Health and BP Claims

If the Gulf of Mexico faces a catastrophic decline in marine populations, and there is some evidence of this already, what will happen to the tourists who have historically come to enjoy the seafood and bathe at the beautiful beaches. Three out of five people won`t eat Gulf Seafood. If it is not safe for the animals that call the Gulf home, are you really going to let your kids swim in the Gulf. It may not come to light this year, but there is mounting evidence that in the following years we could see a steep decline of locally harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and it is quite possible the Gulf will have a stigma to it, that no amount of BP Claims money will ever be able to fix.

Environmental Indicators and BP Claims

Certain Areas are reporting the Crab catch is down about 75% of from previous years, the brown shrimp catch is down about 90%,  approximately 80% of the oysters are dead, fishermen are noting substantially decreased numbers of what was once plentiful catches, and the GCCF is slow to pay people on the front lines their BP Claims money. It took years to figure out what was going on environmentally after the Exxon Valdez tragedy, this is happening at warp speed in comparison. At the same time BP is trying not to pay for future losses for BP Claims, meanwhile we are finding once steady fisheries in collapse, and this is year one. Oyster beds are not going to come back for years, the GCCF admits that, the crabs don`t seem to have any eggs with them, and die shortly after harvesting, these are leading indicators of the Health of the Gulf, and it`s surrounding waters. No amount of BP Claims money can make this right.

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BP Claims versus EAP Claims: Understanding why some got Paid

BP Claims and EAP`s

BP Claims Czar Dropped the Ball

When the the Deep Water Horizon blew up, causing the most catastrophic oil spill we have ever seen, BP took action paying people, the payouts were called called Emergency Advanced Payments. EAP`s as they became known were collected by many who were injured by the BP Oil Spill. Often when people think of getting paid by BP they are referring to these EAP`s. That`s because when the emergency claim period ended November 23, of 2010, and Ken Feinberg officially took over and created the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, very few larger claims were paid. The primary purpose of the GCCF was to pay people Interim Claims and Final Claims and process those BP Claims. The Interim Claims were meant to keep people and business`s afloat as the extent of the damage was evaluated and the true financial toll on people and business`s could be quantified. There was NEVER any mention of BP Quick Pays previously in the BP Claims process.

Quick Pay versus BP Claims

On December 13th, 2010 Feinberg changed all the rules and came out with the Quick Pay option, touted as a quick solution for those in the BP Claims Process.  The BP Quick Pay`s would initially only be offered to the business`s and individuals ( 25k and 5k respectively) that had successfully received an EAP, that would also change as it became an instrument to prey on the desperate. All of this while Feinberg was telling the public that he and the GCCF were Independent of BP, it would later take a court ruling to get him to stop. When history looks back on this manipulation of the public trust by Ken Feinberg, it will go down as a black mark on the Obama Administration, and Ken Feinberg`s legacy. Over 100,000 people and business`s took the Quick Pay Option, many regret it.  Anyone receiving a BP Quick Pay would give up their right to sue BP, and agree not to pursue their BP Claims. Meanwhile the GCCF and Feinberg would put BP Interim Claims on the back burner.

BP Claims Czar not Independent

Many like to say hindsight is twenty twenty, a quick look back at Feinbergs actions and his manipulation of the BP Claims process can only come up with one conclusion. He does work for BP. Judge Barbier may have put it best in his ruling regarding Feinberg`s claims of being Independent. Judge Barbier said “While BP may have delegated to Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF independence in the evaluation and payment of individual claims, many other facts support a finding that the GCCF and Mr. Feinberg are not completely ‘neutral’ and independent from BP.” Because of this many people who signed off on the BP Quick Pay, may be able to sue BP, the Judge has not made his ruling yet, regarding whether people were misled by Mr. Feinberg, or coerced because of duress. This could open the BP Claims process back up for over 100,000 people. The BP Claims process has some history to it now, and if you stop listening to the words from  Mr. Feinberg, but look at his actions since he took over, the conclusion is simple, he is here to save BP money and delay your BP Claims.

If you want help with your BP claim, if your tired of hearing your claim is under review, or you need more documents, even if you signed off for your BP Quick Pay, fill out the form to the right.

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