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Why Quick Pays need to be in the BP Settlement
Their Own Words
As Judge Barbier Considers the BP Settlement I thought we would post some of the emails from people who took Quick Pays or were offered BP Quick Pays, we all know these people were starved out and Betrayed by the GCCF under Feinberg, Judge Barbier has an opportunity to make this right under the BP Settlement.
We would appreciate any consideration of adding these people back into the BP Settlement so they could be properly compensated. Many of these people work on or in the water they have been exposed to Corexit and Oil and have suffered the side effects of elevated blood pressure, rashes, bloody stool, and death by heart attack and stroke.
These are the stories we hear day in and day out. They need your Help Judge Barbier, please grasp this opportunity to do what you can to Help them and get them into the BP Settlement..
All this being said, here is why they need to be added into the BP Settlement.
To whom this may concern…
My name is John I am an Oyster Harvester of the Apalachicola Bay,for 30yrs now.I have surely seen better days out on the water since the BP oil spill and BP oil dispersant.
My father died in the Apalachicola Bay,so I feel a special connection to him being out there.It hurts me so seeing how much things have changed since the BP oil spill and oil dispersant.
This past year has been by far one of the worst and hardest oyster harvesting years.Being an Oyster Harvester for 30 yrs now,I know every oyster bed from Alligator Point to Indian Pass.I can take you personally to any one of them and show you first hand the effects the BP oil spill and BP oil dispersant have caused.
The state oyster beds that did produce have severely been worked down by so many oyster harvesters having to work only in the beds that did produce.Has this hurt our providing for our families, ABSOLUTELY! The oyster catch went from 30 to 40 bags in a day to 12 bags on a good day.Oyster sales are down due to the BP oil spill.
The first year,2010, BP made out like the BP oil spill and clean up would only last a year.That lead to the Quick Pay claim or pay-off.Yeah, BP gave you an option all right,take the Quick Pay claim or risk getting nothing.
Here it is 2yrs later and because of the BP oil spill and dispersant,the life for a Oyster Harvester is getting worse not better.Not only did the BP oil spill hurt the Oyster Harvesters,so has the BP oil dispersant.
It is in our bay,The Apalachicola Bay and BP is so responsible for it and our losses.Loss of income or lack of,reduce in production due to the catch of oysters per bags caught in a day.Also the limits set by Oyster dealers because of low oyster sales.
I took the Quick Pay and put that money into my oyster business counting on BP to do as they promised.My business has suffered greatly.I have had to sell to other oyster dealers not being able to have a sales route myself because of lack of catch and sales of oyster.Sales have been drastically reduced due to the BP oil spill having affected the Apalachicola Bay. Now I don`t qualify for the BP Settlement my last chance at being made right.
A family simply can not survive off this way of living anymore because of the BP oil spill and BP oil dispersant.
Who will help this starving way of life and living now?Who will make this better for the Oyster Harvester and other fishermen of The Apalachicola Bay and The Forgotten Coast Line?
My husband had invested much of his life to commercial fishing, always investing our hard earnings back into our business to have a nice home, to send our children to better schools, and school functions is a must with my husband, and I. We owe our lives to the Gulf of Mexico with its plentiful oysters, shrimp, and crabs to live upon, and to sell to our community consumers. My husband served our country as a Marine for four years, but that was years ago. I just want to let you know what a great husband and father he is, as well as a great person he his to our community, and state.
He was on the water about to go fish for crabs, but with so much stress that came with the BP oil spill he had a stroke on his sons birth date Aaron 3/16/1990. His blood pressure was 265 over 110 My husband stayed in Tulane medical centers ICU for 3 nights, and on the ground floor for 2 nights. The Doctor Mrs. Martin said it was acute stroke, saying it was “acute” meaning very bad. We are now in speech therapy, and taking the steps for him to get better.
BP or the press needs to know how they are making the commercial fishermen starve to take the $25,000.00. BP has our paper work, and the information needed to at least give us an intern payment, but never.
The BP assistant (rep) said in 2010 the oyster grounds were open. I say BULL, I have the paper clipping on that year, and lets not forget our oyster vessel could not work, due to the closure. BP must know with a 50ft oyster vessel, crab vessel with 400 traps are not just for there looks. Why would BP ever have a question about the payment if our family has these vessels in our own back yard?
Our family are now on food stamps, and getting little help from the church. I now have a $85,000.00 dollar hospital bill, and bills from his MRI, and other tests that the hospital ran to make sure he had no bleeding in his brain. He has lost more then the BP Settlement could every pay us now. Shame on you. We own a 50 foot oyster vessel, crab vessel with about 400 trips that we live on to pay our bills, but the spill has made the waters baron with no seafood to support our families living.
Can you see now how my husband had his stroke? I will call it a BP stroke! We never called an attorney yet, because we thought that would hold up any payment we might have received, but this is my husband! How can you do this to a family? Oh, and never mind about the main issue of people working at Popeye’s that receive money. Where are their vessels?
A very upset wife of a fishermen. I would like to ask whom ever is reading this if their loved one had a stroke? Well, let me tell you that the person whom had the stroke is not the same anymore. He can’t talk, he can’t think, he lost his humor. Very sad indeed.
I see the loss amount you would like me to give you, BP has taken my life, my husband, and a father away from me and my family. It would be hard to tell you how much of a loss this was. The hospital in itself is $85,000.00 and counting. To get my husband back to whom he was, priceless. I’m a very nice women, but this is the result of stress from the BP oil spill. Our total loss is $350,000.00 and counting.
We will Never give up Helping these people and others affected by the Oil Spill, for us it is personal and we are here for the Duration.
We are Crusaders in Shorts though sometimes wear Suits, and we get BP Claims paid. Our organization is run by people for the people, and we have been doing it ever since the Oil Spill happened.
We work With
- Seafood Harvesters
- People with BP Medical Claims
- Business Owners
- Anyone affected by the BP Oil Spill
If you need help with the BP Settlement, we will Help You.
Our Licensed Claims Adjusters charge 7.5% for large loss claims and 15% for standard ones.
We use Attorneys only when needed, and they start at 25%.
We will Help you with your BP Settlement.