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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
Judge Barbier Approves the BP Settlement
If you follow the doomsday theorists, 12/21/12 was suppose to be the end of the world, well, not really, it was the first day of the official BP Settlement. Any connection, probably not, but Judge Barbier did lay a compelling and substantive case as to why The DeepWater Horizon Settlement should move forward. You can read it for yourself here.
There are issues with the settlement, but the fact of the matter is we all just want to see people and businesses get paid, and this is what we have to work with. There was a lot of interesting information in the 125 page document. Most compelling was the Judges rebuttals of the numerous objections raised. The Judge provided his thoughts in great detail as to why he thought certain objections did not have merit, or were basically outweighed for numerous reasons, citing a variety of case law.
I still believe there are issues with the Customer Mix Test and NAICS codes, but much of that can be handled with an Appeal, and we will all see how those Appeals are handled. If David Duval who heads up the BP Settlements Appeals division can get adequate compensation for the BP Settlement Claims that deserve it, and if he is given some latitude in correcting NAICS codes and other assorted anomalies, then I think the BP Settlement is a strong substitute for litigation. We will see how this aspect of the process unfolds, and how much leeway he and his Team are given. There is a lot riding on this aspect of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Structure.
Seafood Compensation Program (You have 30 Days)
Under the terms of the BP Settlement, people that are taking part of the Seafood Compensation Program only have 30 Days after the Judges approval to present their claim to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund for Approval. That means the clock is ticking and if you haven`t filed yet, you need to.
BP Settlement Numbers
91,000 people had so far filed with DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund. They expect that number to hit over 1,000,000, hopefully many more will come to the table now that the Judge has formally approved the BP Settlement.
Excluded Claims Have Until January 19th to be Presented to OPA
If you were excluded from the BP Settlement you must have your claim filed by January 19th. That means you need to act now, to protect your Rights. We have people that can Help You.
These types of businesses and their employees that are for the most part Excluded from the Settlement.
- Most Casino Type Institutions;
- Most Fund, Trust, and Banking Entities;
- Most Defense Contractors;
- Most Oil & Gas Industry Entities;
- Most Insurance Companies;
- Bodily Injury Claims;
- BP Shareholder Suits;
- Moratorium Loss Claims;
- Claims relating to Menhaden (or “pogy”) fishing, selling, processing, and harvesting;
Claims for Damages by Companies or Individuals for employment in the Financial, Insurance, Banking, Gaming, Oil & Gas, Defense Contractor industries, and Real Estate Development, as well as Entities selling or BP-branded fuel.
GCCF Denials and Stalled Claims
If you had filed with the GCCF and been denied or been stalled, there is still hope for your claim under the BP Settlement. For all of its flaws, and it still has a few, in this writers opinion it is a whole lot better then what the GCCF was under Mr. Feinberg. It is transparent, it has a clear methodology, and it is not arbitrary. The folks that run the DeepWater Horizon Settlement want to pay you, and many claims that were shunned by the GCCF are welcomed under the terms of the BP Settlement.
Multiple Store Locations
We have seen a tremendous growth in Companies with multiple stores, in multiple locations, making BP Settlement Claims with us as of late. These claims have a different parameters to meet, as they are often located in a number of different Settlement Zones, often with a Headquarters that is not located in any of the Settlement Zones. We have seen an influx of Real Estate Companies, Restaurants, and assorted other Franchises ask us for assistance, we have a separate Division specializing in assisting these entities.
We have had great success in getting VOO Claims through the system. We have even gotten them through after BP has appealed them. We have heard that BP is appealing them at a more frequent rate, and we can help you, we have gotten some through in as little as 2 weeks.
What will we See Next
Now this part is pure conjecture mixed with some facts, I am not an Attorney, but we are pretty involved in all of this, and I think we have a good read, and some inside track to what will happen next.
- The DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund will pick up speed processing claims.
- More Staff will be hired to necessitate the above.
- More Individuals will begin to see their claims get Paid.
- More Claimants will come to the Table.
- Some Latitude will be given to the Appeals Division for NAICS code issues
The BPClaims.org Network
I am so proud of all of the people that make up our Internal Staff, I have never met a group of people that really put the Claimants welfare at such a high paramount. It is all working as intended, and this could not be done without your continued vigilance on the claimants behalf, and the compassion that you all have displayed over the last couple of years. As we have begun to add more staff, and create different Divisions, I am sure this trend will continue.
Partners within the Network have all displayed similar characteristics, and have been working 7 days a week to meet the Claimants needs.
We process your BP Settlement Claims for as little as 15% without using Attorneys, and slightly more if they are needed.
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.
If you would like Help filing your BP Claims we can Help you, we usually charge just 15% of what you recover, we are not related to the Court Supervised Settlement in any way.
We Can Help You File Your Claims if:
- You have never Filed a Claim
- Your Claim is Stalled at the GCCF
- Your Claim has been Denied
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 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
We will help you with your DeepWater Horizon Settlement
BP Settlement Judge Barbier Signs the Settlement
The Court Supervised BP Claims Settlement is officially moving forward. Judge Barbier signed off yesterday. There were no major changes to the BP Settlement leaving seafood processors, and people who were forced into quick pays holding the proverbial bag. The Seafood Settlement is also still capped at 2.3 Billion.
The BP Settlement Bonanza
The Settlement for some is incredible news, property owners that border the gulf of Mexico can file claims for a number of reasons, especially if there is or was oil along the shore. Individuals and Business owners under the Settlement have a more concise methodology to figure their BP Settlement Claims. There are several factors that will bolster BP Settlement Claims, such as Industry and Zones. There are several other calculations after you establish the base line claims for your BP Settlement that can greatly enhance your bottom line. The BP Settlement is a windfall for those that qualify in most instances.
The BP Settlement Fund
Supposedly the new BP Settlement Fund will be open for business sometime early June. Though it maybe relatively easy to establish your baseline loss, the other multipliers and factors that increase the loss are by no means easy, and in many instances they hard to understand, go figure.
BP Settlement Example
We had a gentlemen who had a dredging business come to us for help to file his claim. Initially it looked like it was pretty cut and dry, he had a 4 million dollar loss, and had lost his business. By the time the Claims Adjusters we had sent it to got done figuring his claim, his estimated Settlement will be over 12 million dollars.
Our BP Settlement Process
We work with Licensed Claims Adjusters. Adjusters charge from 7.5%-15% to handle your Claims.
We are here to maximize your BP Claims we do not give legal advice.
We have in house CPA`s and Claims Adjusters with over 30 years of experience.
We will Help you with your BP Settlement.
The BP Settlement is Under Review
For many of you the words under review are reminders of the GCCF, but the fact is the BP Settlement is being reviewed by Attorneys, Adjusters and Advocacy Groups. The BP Settlement on the whole is favorable for the people it was meant to serve.
The general idea of the BP Settlement is meant to serve the greatest good for the largest amount of people possible.
Our major concern under the BP Settlement continues to be the 2.3 billion dollar cap for Seafood Harvesters, they of all should not have a cap under the BP Settlement.
BP Settlement who we can Assist
The BP Settlement covers economic losses in zones and in regards to Industry. There are maps, there are multipliers, there is trend analysis, and to top it all off it is over 100o pages.We will be publishing everything as we go through the BP Settlement.
The BP Settlement is complex but it does cover more individuals and businesses and due to its nature there will be many more people with Multiple Claims.
We can Help you if you fall into the following BP Settlement Categories:
- Your business suffered losses due to the BP Oil Spill
- You are an individual that suffered losses due to the Oil Spill
- You make a living from the Gulf of Mexico ( Seafood Harvesters)
- Your property or the value of your property was impacted
- You have a Subsistence Claim
- You got Sick from the Oil or the Dispersant Corexit
- Your BP Claims were Denied or are still sitting at the GCCF
- If you need help from Catholic Charities and need immediate aid
BP Settlement Attorneys or Adjusters
We work with Attorneys and Licensed Adjusters that will help you with your BP Settlement Claims, in many instances we recommend using an Adjuster because of their expertise and history of documenting claims as the first step, if during the process of putting together your file for the BP Settlement they think their could be issues, they may recommend the services of an Attorney.
We are not anti Attorney in anyway, we just feel strongly that Licensed Adjusters have more experience documenting these types of claims, it`s what they do for a living.
When a Hurricane comes through the first people in are the Adjusters that begin to document the economic and physical losses in its aftermath. Due to the nature of the Oil Spill it closely resembles the aftermath of a hurricane. Think of the BP Settlement Fund as an insurance company, do you need an Attorney to handle your insurance claim, only if you are having an issue getting paid by the insurance company. Even though the Settlement is court supervised our Licensed Adjusters have made arrangements for Attorney Representation if needed. So unless it looks like you are going to have issues with your BP Settlement, why pay for the services of an Attorney. Our Licensed Adjusters have retained the services of Attorneys and have CPA`s on staff.
Though in certain circumstances BP Settlement Attorneys are needed and we are happy to utilize them.
Adjusters Charge from 7.5% -15%, (large loss claims over 1 million dollars start at 7.5%)
Attorneys charge from 20%-40%
All fees are contingent
We will help you with your BP Settlement.
BP Seafood Settlement Concerns
Perhaps the biggest concern we have after reading the BP Settlement is that the Seafood harvesters, people that directly make a living from the Gulf have a cap of 2.3 billion dollars when it comes to their BP Settlement.
That means that only 2,300 individuals or businesses can receive 1 million dollars. It is our belief that if any category needed to be uncapped it is this category, and BP knows that. There is growing concern for the Health of the Gulf and studies are coming out that echo that belief. See Here.
BP Seafood Settlement Multipliers
The multipliers for the people in the BP Seafood Settlement are generous, they range from 3.25-8.75, that means the payouts for the people in this industry are going to be HUGE. However if there is only 2.3 Billion dollars in the BP Settlement to pay these claims, that money is going to go fast, real fast. If you have a BP Seafood Settlement Claim it is suggested that you get your claim prepared immediately.
BP Seafood Settlement Documentation
There are various ways to prove your losses, we all know that the Seafood Business is a cash business for many people. It would be wonderful if everyone had w-2`s and bank statements and p and l`s, but that is just not the case. Trip tickets and receipts from processors do help. There are ways to recreate your records.
We have people that will help you, if you need it in this area. The important part here is to establish a loss in 2010 after the spill for 3 consecutive months, for many of you that is not hard. For some of you it is impossible as you were told to harvest as many oysters for example as you could before the oil got there. We are working through those issues.
BP Seafood Settlement Decisions
As we are going through the BP Claims Settlement, it is becoming apparent that it is more complex then what we were told it would be. Many of you will have multiple claims, and the calculations are not as simple as they were originally layed out.
There are some simple base line calculations such as putting 3 consecutive months together after the spill and then comparing them to previous years,but this is just one aspect of the calculation and does not include future trending or other multipliers that will apply. There are remedies if you don`t meet certain criteria.
Due to the nature of the BP Seafood Settlement process, we recommend that you engage with licensed Claims Adjusters that have represented claims of this nature for years and if you are dealing with consultants they at least have these relationships in place.
Attorneys are also an option and should be considered, the playing field for the BP Seafood Settlement has certainly shifted, we saw this coming, and have all of the above mentioned relationships in place for you.
How much does it cost to get Help with your BP Seafood Settlement Claims.
Our Adjusters typically charge 15% for documenting and preparing the claims, for large loss claims it maybe as little as 7.5%.
The key here is to have your documentation organized meticulously and being sure that all other areas for potential claim revenues have been explored, I can not stress to you enough the high likelihood of having MULTIPLE CLAIMS, if Attorneys are needed they will be brought in to help with your BP Settlement Claims.
One last thing here, the BP Settlement looks good overall, with one exception the BP Seafood Settlement was capped, if you are in that category you NEED to Act Now.
We will help you with your BP Seafood Settlement.
Denied BP Claims hitting an All Time High
If your BP Claims were recently denied you were not alone, we are seeing well documented, well organized BP Claims getting denied at the GCCF at a record rate. It seems that the GCCF is clearing out all of the BP Claims that it has been holding on to.
We can Help You if you have been denied.
At this point there will be very few claims left with the GCCF before the Fund transitions into the BP Settlement process. The Denial rate is utterly astounding, we have NEVER seen this rate of denied BP Claims come out of the GCCF since it`s inception.
Are BP Claims being forced into the Settlement Process
When you step back and look at the strategies displayed by the GCCF, you just can`t help but think that they are just making way for the upcoming BP Settlement. This is part of the Delay, Deny, and Defend tactics, and is meant to dishearten the people from pursuing their BP Claims.
They are just trying to wear down people with legitimate BP Claims. As we have told you before, this is a common tactic that has been used through out the BP Claims Process, this strategy was originated by unscrupulous insurance companies. The GCCF is making one last effort to thwart paying legitimate BP Claims, even while in transition.
Look for all of the present employees at the GCCF to be replaced in the very near future.
Do not let them make you loose heart for your economic justice. We can and will Help You.
BP Claims and the BP Settlement
We are hearing from a large number of you that are concerned that there will not be a major shift in attitude from the GCCF to the new BP Claims Settlement Fund. As I see it there will be a DRAMATIC shift and it will be coming from the top down. As I said above they are getting ready to get rid of all GCCF employees as the new regime is about to take charge, and it couldn`t be happening soon enough for many of us. Judge Barbier is running the show with Patrick Juneau, and everything I have heard about Mr. Juneau, and much of this from people that know him, all say the same thing, stand up, no nonsense guy, with a an over all concern for people. Let`s hope that carries through. Time will tell. If you would like to connect with Attorneys or Adjusters that can help you with your BP Claims for the settlement, please fill out the form to the right.
BP Claims and our Stance
We at BPClaims.org have only had one goal in mind since this all began, to help people. We started with sites that got people to charities, and that morphed into following the BP Claims process, The BP Claims process under Feinberg and the GCCF was AWFUL, people were duped into Quick Pays when they were promised Interim payments, many took these and agreed not sue BP, and are now struggling once again with no remedies in site. We will continue to fight for these people, and will continue to organize them.
We will continue to help individuals and businesses that were denied, we are actively helping people with medical claims. When nobody wanted to take these cases we found a group that would, and I am happy to say that same Firm helped get them into the BP Claims Settlement, and they are now going to be compensated.
If you need help with Your BP Claims even if they were denied, we can and will help you, Consultants and Adjusters start at 15%, Attorneys start at 20%, Large Loss Business Claims can be handled for 7.5%.
We are not allied with any particular Firm or group, but simply will get your claims to the best possible Group that specializes in those particular claims.
We will Help you with your BP Claims.
BP Claims Settlement What you Need to Know
The BP Claims Settlement is an opt in or opt out process, what does that mean? That means you are bound by the decision of the BP Settlement Court Supervised Program. If you don`t like the amount you have been awarded you can go to an appeals board that will be set up within the new program.
Your stuck with what they offer you or don`t offer you and can not litigate, but you can appeal. Many attorneys have chosen not to participate because of this, some of those same Attorneys had agendas to litigate from the beginning and are using this new development to hang their hats on.
BP Claims get Easier to Prove
Causation and Calculations were the biggest hurdles for many to overcome, many of the more stringent guidelines have been modified or done away with all together. There will be a clear map that will contain zones explaining what industries within those zones are payable. The calculations will be based on the 3 worst consecutive months of 2010 after the Oil Spill, based upon those same 3 months for the previous years of 2007, 2008, 2009. There are multiple remedies if some of the criteria can not be met. A multiplier and some future trending will be applied to your loss after the 2010 amount is subtracted from the average of the preceding years.
BP Settlement Claims will be easier to get through the system, you will have a clear understanding if you do or do not qualify, the BP Claims Settlement Process is built for Transparency.
Do you need an Attorney to become a part of the BP Claims Settlement
All indications at this point are you do NOT need an attorney, this is just a court supervised claims process. It is not a court process, but it is supervised by Judge Barbier, if indeed people needed an Attorney what would happen to all of the BP Claims that will be transitioning over from the GCCF. Some Attorneys are telling people through various websites that you NEED Attorneys or how much they have had in awards. What they fail to tell you is that those awards have nothing to do with the BP Claims process, be careful. Some Attorneys will put a lien on your file for just signing up with them.
If you decide to litigate your BP Claims you will clearly need the Assistance of an Attorney. If your claim has issues, you may need an Attorney. Attorneys are very much a part of this process, but you need to deal with honorous, upright firms. There are sharks in these waters, but there are also life gaurds, you just need to know who is who.
We are seeing a RUSH of Attorneys advertising on the web and T.V. before the BP Claims Settlement Fund actually announces their process, this will lead many people to be bound to Attorneys and pay a higher percentage then they may have had to. The BP Claims Settlement Fund is setting it`s offices up in Hammond, Louisiana with a major call center in Sarasota, Florida. If indeed you needed an Attorney they most likely would not be setting up the call center.
If you want to use the Assistance of an attorney they should be charging you from 20-25% to guide you through the process. Some Attorneys will actually charge much less for large loss claims, as little as 15%.
Who are the Winners in the BP Claims Settlement.
It`s actually difficult to write about who the winners are, as I don`t believe there really are any, but some will see a financial windfall that suffered less long term damage then others.
Businesses and Individuals that are not dependent on the Gulf`s natural resources, that can show a loss and are within covered zones, are the biggest winners.
Business Owners and those with multiple Businesses
Service and Hospitality Employees
Any individual that has an economic loss
Waterfront Property and wetlands that had oil on it, had a contract that was canceled, and quite possibly experienced diminished value
Subsistence BP Claims, people that lived off the Gulf`s resources
Vessels of Opportunity Claims
Seafood Harvester BP Claims, people that work in the Fishing, Shrimping, Oyster and other Seafood Industries should do well in the BP Claims Settlement. The issues here are that many of you had taken Quick Pays, because you were starved out, or took them for a number of other reasons. The Health of the Gulf and the future of your livelihood also needs to be considered, there are so many questions regarding the true state of the Gulf. Please remember that it took 3 years to find out the extent of the Damage after the Valdez Oil Spill.
The Losers in the BP Claims Settlement
Oil and Gas Industry Claimants
Just because these are not being addressed in the BP Claims Settlement, that does not mean that your claims won`t be compensated under the threat of litigation, or under actual litigation. There may be an amended list of BP claims groups that will be considered under the settlement.
BPClaims.org is Independent
It all depends upon your BP claim or claims as many of you may have multiple claims. Some may be able to do their BP claims on their own, Some may need the assistance of a claims adjuster or an accountant, while others will need the help of an Attorney. We will always send you to the Best group that fits your BP claims. We have an extensive network of Attorneys and Adjusters from Key West to Houston, we know who gets the job done, and we know those who just want to sign you up and do little else. We have been at this from the beginning, before there was a BP claims process, our original sites helped people get to Catholic Charities and they were highly successful in getting aid to many.
To date we are the only truly Independent site helping people with their BP Claims
We have affiliates that handle Large Loss Claims in excess of 20 Million Dollars for less the 5%.
We also have affiliates that will help people with their smaller claims, from 10-25%
There is no One Size fits All Firm or Group, they just don`t exist, therefore we have created BPClaims.org a service to help Guide you to the Best in the BP Claims Business.
Call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM
We will help you with your BP Claims
The BP Claims Settlement is On
BPClaims.org has had one of it`s main affiliates speaking with the new leadership of the BP Settlement. This is very exciting news as we are being given the opportunity to more fully understand how the BP Settlement process is going to work, and how it will fully benefit the people that come through our site, and desire to become a part of the BP Claims Settlement Process. The nice difference here is we are actually being asked for some input regarding the BP Settlement under the new leadership, unlike the GCCF. The BP Claims Settlement will be an opt in or opt out process.
Becoming a part of the BP Settlement
If you would like your BP Claims to be a part of the BP Settlement now is the time for you to fill out the form to the right, we are now taking in files for the Settlement and beginning to assemble them for the BP Claims Settlement. We are at the forefront of the BP Claims Settlement, as we engage with the new leadership we will keep you updated.
The GCCF and the BP Claims Transition
We are hearing that a lot of BP Claims are being denied for causation issues, and others are not receiving any future trending considerations under the BP Claims Settlement transition. Many of our claimants are electing to be a part of the BP Settlement, and have asked that we wait before sending in their paperwork.
BP Claims Settlement Eligibility
So, who can file BP claims in the Settlement, the information below is subject to change. There are a number of common factors shared by Business and Individual BP claims. They are the following:
– Any Individual/ Business that are eligible class members AND suffered an economic loss
can submit a claim.
– Eligible BP claims class members will be subject to several different types of specific
– These BP claims methodologies will take into account such factors as type of
business/employment, geographic location and the nature of economic loss sustained.
– Upon determining these factors, a loss will be calculated and a specific RTP will be
applied to each type of claim.
Geographic factors for you BP claims will be divided into four zones. Causation will be applied depending on the locale your BP claims are based, or where your loss occurred, where your business or employer is located. More factors are applied by the new BP claims system, but the positive side of this is that more people will get paid more money. Your BP claims award amounts will be more significant under the new BP claims system. The zones will most likely be applied in this manner:
– Zone 1: Will be most likely within 0,5 miles from the beaches of the entire Gulf Region,
from Key West to Galveston, TX.
– Zone 2: Not on the beach, but within 0.5 miles from the beach. Your BP claims will depend
upon these scenarios:
– Zone 2-A: You are a business or individual whose business or employer relies
directly upon the two Gulf resources, tourism and/or seafood. If you are a business, or
employed by a business that relies upon both resources, then chances are, your RTP
will tick-up, increasing the value of your BP claim.
– Zone 2-B: You area business not on the beach, not traditionally reliant upon tourism
or seafood. Perhaps you are a car dealership, real estate agent or catering services.
Causation will be your main issue, but at least you will not be denied so readily. If
you can say that you lost business because of the Spill, that you had cancellations
because of the Spill, can you document it? We can help you with the evidentiary
requirements for your BP Settlement claim.
– Zone 3: You are none of the pre-determinately denied business types within a mile from
the beaches, or coastline. Causation will be an issue for your BP claim. If you can claim
that your losses were caused by cancellations, lack of business, can you document it? Just
because you say it does not make it true. You must prove it. Causation did not disappear
with the new BP claims system.
– Zone 4: You are over a mile from the coast line. You must show a dependency upon the
Gulf Resources of seafood and/or tourism and must be able to document it.
BP Settlement Claims for Seafood Harvesters
A BP claim for economic loss available to commercial fishermen, crabbers, oyster harvesters and leaseholders will be a separate BP claim. BP has set aside $2.3 Billion to fund commercial fisherman BP claims. This particular fund excludes the processors of seafood, but it looks like it will include all the fishermen of the Gulf Region from Texas to Key West. BP Settlement Claims will cover the following types of commercial fishing industry business, or employment types:
– Vessel owners.
– Deckhands and crew.
These BP claimants must be able to prove that they fish in the Gulf or within specified Gulf waters.
BP Property Claims
1. Coastal Real Property Damage Claims: This class of BP Claim includes owners and
lessees of real, coastal property, boat slips and privately owned docks owned during the
time of the Spill from 4/20/10 through 12/31/10. The property must be within defined
geographical regions, or inside areas that were touched by oil.
2. Wetlands Real Property Damage: This is a new category of BP claims. The GCCF was
not inclined to pay BP claims for wetland owners because BP was reluctant to pay, in
the first place. The same standard of ownership time will apply to this BP claim. The
property must have been owned on 4/20/10 through 12/31/10, at the very least.
3. Real Property Sales: For the BP Settlement Claim program, for your BP claims, you must
have owned the property on 4/20/10 and the sale MUST HAVE occurred on, or after,
4/21/10 through 12/31/10. You must have suffered a loss on the sale, or below appraisal
4. A New Potential Class: People With Reduced Property Values After the Spill: In the BP
Claim Settlement negotiations process, there has been some mention and support that
property owners, who owned their property on and after 4/20/10, would be able to recoup
property value loss from 4/21/10 through 12/31/10.
BP Claims Settlement (Medical)
BP claims regarding BP medical claims under the BP Settlement system will be divided into three categories of qualification:
1. Clean Up Workers: These BP claimants have been previously and consistently denied by
the GCCF. However, the fact that many of the individuals who participated in the Clean
Up Project have been harmed by exposure to Corexit and oil is now beginning to surface.
2. Some Zone-A Residents: The BP Settlement will regard these BP claims to qualify if
they are approximately on-half mile of the beach, or coastal areas. These are areas with
sandy beaches or firm shoreline. These BP claimants must have resided on the coast for at
least 60 days from 4/20/10 to 12/31/10. Currently, the BP Settlement will include Zone-A
residents from Grand Isle, LA to the Florida Panhandle.
3. Zone-B Residents: The BP Settlement will include Zone-B Residents to be those who
Reside near the beaches, greater than one-half mile, but within one mile. These potential
BP claims can also include residents of the wetland areas and residents from Grand Isle to
BP Claims Settlement Solutions
We at BPClaims.org have been at the forefront of this Disaster since the beginning. We can help you get your BP Claims paid. Our consultants charge just 15% of what you you receive, and if you need the help from Attorneys their fees range from 20-25%. We are dedicated to helping those affected by BP Oil Spill, we initially teamed up with Catholic Charities to get people aid, even before there was a BP Claims process. We look forward to helping you through this next phase of the BP Claims Settlement Process.