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BP tries to cut budget to slow payment of BP Claims
Patrick Juneau, the Claims Administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement has stated he believes BP is attempting to slow down the BP Claims process.
Continuing to ask for budgets cuts, payment halts, and appeals, is all part of their scheme to keep as much money for themselves as possible. If you’ve been following the settlement and keeping up with the ongoing proceedings, you would know this is nothing new.
We have talked to processors and Attorneys who have seen up to a 400% spike in BP appealing claims over the last 5 weeks.
For the fourth quarter, BP has asked for a $25.5 million budget cut for the processing of BP Claims through the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement. A few months back, they had also asked for a budget cut for the third quarter but were denied by Judge Barbier.
The budget being requested for the fourth quarter is based upon the claims administrators supported estimate of costs needed to employ enough staff to keep BP claims at the current backlog rate. Of the over 200,000 claims that have been received by the settlement there are over 88,000 that have not yet begun review.
Why is it taking so long to process BP Claims?
BP figures the more roadblocks they throw at the claimants, the more people will become frustrated and give up. They challenge the settlement and the claimants every step of the way. Juneau requested the budget to hire an additional 100 accounts to review complex Business Economic Loss Claims, but was shot down by BP. What does that mean? The claims process will continue to drag on at the current rate of processing; slow and not so steady.
The probing into the settlement conducted by Louis Freeh revealed that Brown Greer, an independent processing group hired by BP and the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, resisted the Claims Administrators Office’s efforts to create efficiencies and control costs. It is important to note that Brown Greer was negotiated into the Settlement by BP.
It has been said that Brown Greer just wants to promote the business and financial interests of their own company. Brown Greer`s monthly fee from the settlement is over 15 million dollars.
After following Brown Greer and their strategy to slow down the BP Claims process during the GCCF era, and now the BP Settlement era, one can only wonder if they are in collusion with BP, and that is why BP negotiated them into the Settlement.
You would think after the debacle that the GCCF was, that the last thing anybody would want is to leave the company that was in charge of processing the bulk of the claims in play at any capacity, but no BP insisted that their role would continue into the Settlement. BP clearly has an agenda and Brown Greer is a part of that agenda.
After seeing the writing on the wall, the BP Settlement Leadership was smart enough to bring in Postlethwaite and Netterville to assist with expediting BP Claims for the BP Settlement. This took time for them to realize, for many businesses and individuals it only exacerbated their current economic condition. Postlethwaite and Netterville has done an excellent job in processing BP Claims for the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.
Brown Greer slowed the claims process during the GCCF era, indeed forcing many people to take Quick Pays, this pattern continued into Settlement, It is because of this negligence, ineptitude, and sheer contempt, that those who were forced to take Quick Pays should be allowed to comeback to the table under the Settlement or some other apparatus. These people deserve to be made whole, not to be Victimized a second or third time by a processor that clearly has it`s own agenda, and it certainly is not helping the people of the Gulf Region.
Since Brown Greer was also involved in processing claims for the GCCF when it was in existence. Many claimants and attorneys believe they should be investigated for mishandling claims during that era. Did Brown Greer stall the claims process for the companies own interests?
Look at the history. They worked with Feinberg who was hired by BP to create the quick pay option which robbed many people of the settlements they rightfully deserved. They delayed in paying people, and that placed many in or near bankruptcy, businesses and homes were lost due to their lack of action. Those that took quick pays should be allowed back to the settlement, or at least a chance for a recalculation to compensate for actual losses.
All of this being said, this is Brown Greer`s history. In the end, the only interests they have served are their own, and BP`s.
It has been rumored that Brown Greer is attempting to take control of aspects of the BP settlement, and exude it`s influence. We have seen this firsthand, and we can tell you this it`s not helping people get paid, actually it`s quite the opposite.
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Article Source: BP Claims
Author: Brittany Rader
BP Property Claims and VOO Claims get first look
The DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund has certainly made a priority of paying VOO Claims and property Claims first. With over 3,300 Notices sent out, over 3,150 are either for BP Property Claims or for VOO Charter Payment.
VOO Charter payment accounted for over 2,500 Eligibility Notices for Payment. We told you VOO Claims would be the first to get paid months ago. We have gotten VOO Claims processed and paid in under a week.
BP Claims Status Report
On September 5th the Claim Administrator Pat Juneau , made available a report on the progress and the status of the claims review process. There are serious issues that they are encountering, they are trying to develop workarounds to these issues.
BP did not seem to be amendable regarding some of the workarounds. Shortly after the report the Department of Justice came out with a statement that they would be pursuing Gross Negligence charges against BP. A few days after that The Settlement Fund came out with a notice that some document requirements would be relaxed. Hopefully BP got the message, and this will allow for more claims to be paid, and faster processing.
According to the Report many claims did not have sufficient documentation.
- 40% are missing one or more required documents
- 52% of Represented and pro se Claimants Claims were incomplete
- 48% of the claimants had claims with the GCCF that were incomplete
- 8,100 claims have been reviewed since mid-July
The numbers of Business Claims, Seafood Compensation Claims, and Individual Loss economic claims that have received an eligibility notice for payment is tragically low. This will hopefully change as the documentation guidelines have been relaxed. They needed to be.
This what we have seen through our network, VOO Claims are getting paid, many of the VOO Claims we have gotten paid had already taken Quick Pays.
Many of our larger Business Claims and those in our Network, have Claims that have gone under review. Several firms in the Network have received offers for their Business Claims, most of these offers were accepted and considered to be fair.
BP Settlement Fund has much to Do
The report went on to say that The Settlement is trying to get out letters of determination to over 30% of the Claimants by October 1. We had been told they were attempting to do this by September 10th.
We have been recently told they will be sending out letters of determination to over 3,000 by the end of the week, with approximately 1/3 of them receiving offers, in essence by October 1, over 15,000 people should know exactly where they stand.
Time is running out for the BP Settlement, I do believe the people in leadership positions have the best intentions. I also believe that they are running head long into obstructions that have been there since the GCCF, and if these obstructions are not removed very shortly the settlement may not survive.
If BP does not play ball and actually try to move the process forward, instead of hiding behind their lawyers and legal wrangling, there will be serious ramifications, whether it is through a Massive Boycott, the D.O.J, or some other mechanism. I guarantee to you, it won`t be pretty.
The BP Oil Spill was their fault not Ours. We need to hold them accountable, and We will.
Issues that need to be Addressed
Some real areas of concern right now are revolving around the environment, Oysters in Apalachicola and the surrounding areas are not spawning. We all know that Corexit is to blame, I was told BP was trying to blame it on past storms. My suggestion to BP is to take FULL responsibility for ALL of the Environmental after shocks of this Disaster.
Medical issues are continuing to worsen for many. People that were on the front lines are dying from very aggressive cancers. The National Institute of Health that has been taking samples for months, are sending out very vague letters staying very clear of linking the Oil Spill or the use of Corexit to these peoples health issues. People are dying here, we need real answers, not rhetoric.
Quick Pays, one thing I have learned form many of the people that make a living from the Gulf is that many of you have have issues reading, and many of you took Quick Pays. There is not one doubt in my mind that you were preyed upon, this issue needs to be fixed, and fixed now. With all of the issues the fisheries are having and the catches dwindling as they have, people are getting very desperate out there, and something needs to be done for them.
We will Help You
We remain committed more then ever to helping you through this process and are forging ahead with a number of entities of helping you get through this Disaster. As the process evolves so will our Strategies.
We have recently formed a relationship with a consortium of committed Oil Spill Attorneys that have a long history fighting for your rights. They specialize in BP Denied Settlement Claims, and the majority of other claims covered by the settlement, and those that are not. They are also not afraid to litigate you BP Claims.
We have also forged a relationship with an Adjuster and Accounting firm, one of the largest in the country, that specializes in BP Business Claims. They have over 300 full time CPA`s, and have retained some of the most knowledgeable people in this process.
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The October 1 Opt Out date needs to be Extended
There has been a lot of conversations lately about the BP Settlement. A number of High Powered Attorneys would like to see the opt out date of October 1 to be extended. Personally I think it makes sense. The BP Settlement is just becoming better understood by so many. It wasn`t very long ago that we all got the terms of the settlement and got a handle on how to process BP Claims for the Settlement.
Everybody has had a pretty fast learning curve to grasp, new processing methods, new formulas, and more documentation. Do you all know what it is like to collect documentation, let me tell you all from first hand experience, it is not easy.
That being said, The GCCF has such an inconsistent methodology, rule changes when ever it suited them, a number of Attorneys and others decided to take a wait and see approach, and after a lot of disappointments with the GCCF, many were thinking more about going to trial then submitting anymore claims that were just not going to see the light of day under the GCCF. Initially I had some real issues with this, I went head to head with a number of Attorneys over this issue, but can now see the logic and their point of view, and to a few of them I apologize, you know who you are.
Then came the Settlement, new leadership, new guidelines, new timelines. The Settlement was granted preliminary approval on May 2, basically 3 months ago. Some of the Attorneys in this litigation have over 10, 000 claims some even more then 20,000 claims, that`s a lot of claims. There is no way on God`s green earth that with all of the claims the Attorneys have in house, and many are now processing in house, they can handle these kinds of caseloads in that amount of time, and if they are not granted more time the New BP Settlement Fund can be assured that these Attorneys will be opting out the MAJORITY of their case loads, and I don`t think any of us want that.
BP Settlement and Transparency
On a different note but in the same vein, we get a lot of calls from people that want to know where their claim is at with their Attorney, we tell them to call their Attorney, some Attorneys choose not to return phone calls, it would be a wonderful mechanism if people who had Attorneys could check on their claims without having to call their attorneys. This would eliminate a lot of problems, people would know where their claims were at, they may even be able to find out what documentation they need to provide, and it would help make the process more transparent all the way around. Some Attorneys have tackled this problem head on and created client portal so the clients can see exactly where their claims are at, we think that`s a heck of an idea, but also think it would be great if this was spearheaded by the leadership of the Settlement and it was done for all claimants, sorry guys, I know you have a lot on your plate but it would HELP a lot of people.
Corexit and The Oil Spill
Since I am on my soap box for this particular blog, lets talk about Corexit, sick people getting sicker and what we are hearing from you. There are two very alarming trends out there one is the amount of people that work in the water like oystermen dieing from strokes. Blood pressure spikes seem to be a common theme from everyone we talk to who has been in contact with Corexit. These men and women and particularly clean up workers, voo workers and oystermen are experiencing an exceptionally high amount of strokes and heart attacks. The National Institute of health is running around the Gulf taking hair and nail samples, this should speak volumes.
The other trend we are hearing about is the amount of women and families that are experiencing miscarriages and babies that have been born sick and not making it. Many of these people had direct contact with Corexit, and worked on the Oil Spill. this is a tragedy at the highest level, and why more has not been done to help All of these people I have no idea.
You didn`t think I wasn`t going to mention quick pays, anyone who reads this blog knows that of all the screwing of the people worst hit by the oil Spill, Quick Pays were the worst thing to happen to most of the fishermen and businessmen affected by the spill. Nobody ever even knew Quick Pays were going to be a part of the process, we all were told people would be able to take Final pays and Interim claims, which actually made sense. When Feinberg unleashed the Quick Pay Scam and suckered people into taking this blood money so they could save their houses, boats, cars and families he did the biggest disservice to The People of the Gulf, people did not even know how long their livelihoods would be affected, and for a messily 5k or 25k many gave up their right to Sue BP, this needs to be fixed and fixed soon.
Just a few thoughts and by the way I am for the BP Settlement we just have a few things that need to be addressed.
Best of Luck to All, and Gods Speed,
BP Settlement News from the Gulf: Shrimpers Stories
BP Settlement News from the Bayou. We have been hearing recently from shrimpers that are coming back in from the Gulf of Mexico and the Bays about the Health of the Gulf, the news is not good. Shrimp catches are down, way down. They are picking oil up in their nets more often then not. The shrimp and killfish they are finding in their nets have lesions, they are missing eye sockets, and they have a myriad of other issues.
The FDA says it`s fine to eat, we all know better. We have been told by numerous sources they just raised the testing levels of what is acceptable. The Shrimpers themselves have never seen anything like this in generations.
They are being forced to shrimp because many had taken Quick Pays, and it is the only hope of putting food on the table this year. The collapse of the Northern Gulf `s Seafood Industry can not be denied. If the BP Settlement does not address these issues, they in essence are forcing people to fish and exposing all of us to these deadly catches.
BP Settlement Quick Pays can still file Claims for VOO and Medical
If you took a Quick Pay or a final, you can still be a part of the VOO Settlement Class and the Medical Settlement Class under the BP Settlement. Many of you are sick but are attributing the High Blood Pressure to Stress and other factors. If you worked in the water or around the water during the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2010, odds are you are sick from the dispersant corexit and the oil.
There are tests that can help show this, one is called a Volatile Organic Compound Test, it measures the heavy metals in your body. If you are a fishermen, shrimper, crabber, and especially oystermen and clammer`s you need to go see a doctor.
We are hearing far to often of strokes and heart attacks, and are seeing a trend that is alarming. Many of you have not connected dots here. The BP Settlement can help you monetarily speaking, but you need to take the initiative when it comes to your health. The National Institute of Health is in the region taking hair, nail clippings and blood samples, they wouldn`t be there if it wasn`t serious.
The BP Settlement can only address so much, but the door is open if you took a Quick Pay to be a part of the BP Settlement for Medical and VOO Claims.
The BP Settlement and some random Thoughts
If the Northern Gulf goes into a full collapse, and experts are getting increasingly concerned about this, what do you think will happen to all the tourism. Owners of tourism and other related businesses please take note here. This will affect us all.
If the BP Settlement is to be fully utilized there needs to be some changes. First and foremost Quick Pays need to be addressed as soon as possible. You can not ask a man or a woman not to put food on the table for their families, if given the option of catching some tainted seafood, or their families starving, the choice is quite easy.
The BP Settlement needs to be proactive in its approach to paying people, especially paying those on the front lines. The BP Settlement should recognize the businesses that exist because of the Fishermen, Crabbers, Shrimpers and Oystermen, seafood processors and other assorted upstream businesses should receive higher multipliers if they choose to be a part of the BP Settlement.
BP Settlement and Multiple Claims
Many of you are entitled to multiple claims under the BP Settlement. Lets take for example a Fishermen that worked on the VOO Program who lives on the water.
If you have not taken a Quick Pay or a Final, you may be entitled to the following.
- Economic Claims
- VOO Claim
- Medical Claim
- Loss of Enjoyment Claim
- Subsistence Claim
We will Help you with your BP Settlement and we will Help you if you choose not to settle, we have Licensed Claims Adjusters, and Attorneys that can and will help you. Their rates start at 7.5% for large loss claims over 1 million dollars. The standard rate is usually 15%.
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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.
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- Seafood Harvesters
- People with BP Medical Claims
- Business Owners
- Anyone affected by the BP Oil Spill
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BP Settlement Breaking News
Judge Barbier heard from Plaintiffs Lawyers and BP Lawyers why the BP Settlement should be approved yesterday, it is highly likely that preliminary approval will be granted. That is good news for many people and businesses that still have BP Claims that have languished at the GCCF.
People with denied claims, stalled claims, and people who have not filed yet but have valid claims should find some sense of relief. We can help you with your BP Settlement if you fill out the form to the right.
Other Attorneys addressed concerns about the BP Settlement for their constituencies such as the Shrimpers.
Jim Hood went up to bat for the people that took Quick Pays, over 200,000 people should have a second shot at BP he explained, many of them signed off due to economic duress. We all know that BP and the GCCF preyed on these people and many of them were the hardest hit by the Oil Spill the Shrimpers, Crabbers and Oystermen. They seemed to have targeted these groups from the beginning.
Mr. Hood went on to say they need to “nullify the illegal, illegally-obtained and unconscionable” Quick Pays. Mr Hood you are a hero to us and too many. If you have taken these please fill out the form to the right we want to here from you, please specify you the quick pay in the comment section.
These people should be made whole under the BP Settlement. We had spoken to one of his aides just days before, they are taking this issue to task.
BP Settlement: Charter Fishermen and Processors
Attorneys argued that Shrimp processors needed to have a better RTP rate then a common business claim under the BP Settlement, this is pretty much a no brainer. They are directly tied to the health of the shrimping industry, this had to be had to be some sort of oversight.
In fact any Seafood processor whose down stream was affected by the Oil Spill should be given the same RTP`s as the people who supply them when they are so dramatically tied to the Health of the Gulf. This should also apply to Charter Boat Captains and anyone that makes a living from the Gulfs bounty or the lack there of and should be covered in the BP Settlement.
Our BP Settlement Help Line 1-800-BP-CLAIM
If you need assistance filing your BP Settlement or just have a few questions we will do our best to help you. We have been fielding over 200 calls a day from people affected through out the Gulf Region, we would ask that your calls come between the hours of 8 am- 7 pm e.s.t. We have been here from the beginning and we will be here till the end. The BP Settlement is not the end.
We have been at this a long time now, we advocate for one group, the people affected by the BP Oil Spill. We are here to get people paid and Strongly believe we have layed out the best network of licensed Claims Adjusters and Attorneys to do just that, get you paid. We will not tolerate Entities that don`t do their job within the network.
As always Licensed Claims Adjusters start at 15% for Standard Claims and as low as 7.5% for large loss claims over 1 million dollars.
Attorneys Charge between 20%-33.3% for standard cases.
If you ever feel that you are having issues with anyone that we forwarded your information to, and they are not being responsive, we are just a phone call a away and we will deal with it on the spot.
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BP Claims and Seafood Harvesters
We have been hearing form a large number of Seafood Harvesters that took Quick Pays for their BP Claims, many of you were told it was an Interim payment when you were met at the dock by members of the GCCF. As we have been writing about this over the last few days, we have been hearing from many of you, and it seems that a pattern is developing, you were often met at your docks, and many of you were told the Quick Pays were Interim payments.
It almost seems the GCCF was targeting you all, because they knew that your BP Claims would eventually have the most value. Even if you were not targeted in such a manner, it is obvious that they did target Seafood Harvesters, crabbers, shrimpers, oystermen, and fishermen, when it came time dole out the Quick Pays, preying on the people that were most affected by the Oil Spill.
BP Claims Interims turned to Quick Pays (a Little GCCF History Lesson)
If you all remember November 2010 when Mr. Feinberg took over we were all expecting people that were hurt by the Spill to start getting Interim BP Claims. What really happened was that they had another agenda and that was to get people to take BP Claims Quick Pays as the program was quickly rolled out by mid-December 2010, and NO or very few Interim Claims were being paid.
We did not even hear of an Interim Claim getting paid until mid April, and even after that they were few and far between. What does that mean, that means they had to have the Quick Pay Apparatus in play before Mr.Feinberg even took over the GCCF, they just didn`t tell us that part. Putting a BP Claims Quick Pay system in place takes more then a month, at least as far as I can tell, by judging the History that we can now look at called the BP Claims Process.
So all that being said from November through April, and even long after that, that is 6 months plus people were either starved out or forced to take Quick Pays and that NEEDS to be addressed in the BP Settlement. It wasn`t till early February 2011 that Feinberg couldn`t call himself independent anymore, it took a Judges Order to get him to stop, at the very least anyone who took Quick Pays during the time Feinberg was calling himself independent deserves a second shot. Over 200,000 people and businesses took Quick Pays, if the BP Claims process was processing Interim Claims as they promised this would not have happened.
They pulled a fast one on all of us, they promised Interim Claims and gave us Quick Pays, and it is my strong belief backed up by their own actions this was deliberate. This needs to be handled within the terms of the BP Settlement, or it needs to be handled by The Court.
BP Claims Settlement and what to do next
If you have been impacted in such a manner we want to hear from you, we can`t do anything to help you if we don`t know who you are. We are Advocating that the members that are making up the BP Settlement include your claims into the settlement, especially the BP Claims Quick Pays from Seafood Harvesters. The BP Claims process was created with a clear bias to saving BP money and that needs to be handled now. If we can help you connect to BP Claims Attorneys or Consultants, even if you have been denied or never filed, or if you just want to be a part of our database so we can update you with news, please fill out the form to the right.
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BP Claims Quick Pays need to Be Addressed
Now we have been an advocate for the BP Claims Settlement because we know many of you need help after the GCCF so miserably failed, but we have some concerns about settling your BP Claims and they need to be voiced. After a few weeks to digest the BP Claims Settlement this much has come to light. We have been talking to literally 1000`s of you.
BP and the GCCF had a plan from the very beginning to weed out and pay out as little as possible by dragging their feet and getting as many of you to sign Quick Pays as they could, and have no compunction of letting those who signed Quick Pays back to the table through the BP Claims Settlement, many of you are in the hardest hit industries, such as shrimping.
This is tragic, as homes went into foreclosure, and boats and cars were being repossessed, people were economically forced to take these Quick Pays, and that was all part of their plan, and finally when the BP Claims Settlement is about to take place, and it looks like you are finally going to be treated fairly, the last thing they want is this group back at the table. Shame on you BP. If you truly want to make things right treat everybody fairly.
The BP Settlement looks like a good thing for most people and Business, but for those that make a living from the Gulf, it stinks.
Nobody knows what the heck is going to happen in the years to come, we all know most catches are down across the boards, people are calling our oysters, “Oilsters”, stone crab catches are down dramatically, some shrimp catches are down by over 90%, and this is just the beginning of the fallout from the worst man made disaster in history.
As all of this is happening BP and the GCCF have been dragging their feet when it come to paying your BP Claims.
Who should Consider the BP Claims Settlement
If your Industry is not contingent upon with the Direct Health of the Gulf of Mexico and you live outside of the Areas that were most impacted by the Oil Spill, the BP Claims Settlement is pretty much a no brainer for you.
For example if you are a Realtor in Sarasota County, the waters of the Gulf seem to not have been affected there, strongly consider the the BP Settlement.
If you are a Shrimper out of Lafourche Parish in Louisiana we simply need more data then we currently have, and if you can economically afford it, wait it out, odds are you can`t, and many of you already took the BP Claims Quick Pays to save your houses and your boats, and you should have never had to do that, and you should at the very least, be able to be a part of the BP Claims Settlement.
As the BP Claims process has been going on, the price of gas has steadily increased, and by the time the settlement is done the gas prices will offset the penalties and the money that BP had to pay for its negligence.
The BP Claims process under Feinberg was a joke and everybody knows it, except it was a joke on Us the American people, and our President allowed it to be perpetuated. Sad but true. By the time anyone got around to doing anything about it, it will be 2 years later.
BP Claims Settlement Why?
Why do we all HAVE to settle anyway, why can`t people just get paid for what they have lost so far and a little extra for pain and suffering, wasn`t the original intent for them to pay Interim Claims, that`s right, about the time they were suppose to pay Interim Claims they hit us with the Quick Pay scam.
The fact is everybody affected right now should be getting Interim BP Claims money, but instead the Interim Claims were thwarted by the GCCF and Feinberg. We shouldn`t even be talking about about a BP Claims Settlement, we should be studying the true extent of the damage and coming up with ways to fix it.
So now they are finally going to come up with a bunch of cash before we know ALL the facts, and that`s suppose to cure everything. Tell that to our children, and our children’s children. As cancer rates begin to shoot up across the Gulf, especially with those exposed to Corexit, just as it happened in Alaska.
All of this is happening while people are dying, yes dying from the oil and the dispersant Corexit that was suppose to clean up this mess. The EPA even told BP not to use the toxic dispersant, but BP went right along and still used it, when there were several other organic alternatives available.
I can not tell you how many people we hear from on a daily basis whose health has been RUINED by the use of Corexit during the Oil Spill Clean Up process, and there was never any remedy for that in the BP Claims process until now in the BP Claims Settlement Program. I am glad to see that those suffering from medical complications will finally see some relief, but can you really put a price on it.
The BP Settlement will help a lot of people, but why do we have to settle now, why not just give us what you owe us, and when we know the true extent, then Settle with Us, in years to come it will come to light that many settled on the cheap just like the people who took the Quick Pays did, remember it took THREE YEARS for the true extent of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to be felt environmentally and economically.
To this day only 15% percent of the Herring ever came back to Prince Edward Sound. So they are aiming at ending the BP Claims and BP Claims Settlement to be done in about 3 Years, don`t you think that is rather ironic. It took 3 years just to figure out what was going on the last time we had a tragedy like this, and that one pales in size and comparison.
The fact is the BP Settlement is the best many of our legal minds, could to come up with. They would not have been put in this position had BP and the GCCF been fair about paying Interim Claims. There are groups of highly skilled Attorneys doing battle for Us in New Orleans as I write this, and it is appreciated, many of them work with us.
It looks like the BP Claims Settlement will be made available for many to see in the very near future. It even looks like it will help a lot of people and businesses, but it`s forgetting to address the people that were on the environmental and economic front lines, those that were making a living from the bounty of the Gulf, and did not have the savings in place to make it 2 years before the BP Claims Settlement took place.
Remember that the Gulf is a Renewable Resource what price tag can be put on it when the word Renewable is taken out of it, I`ll tell you what it is, PRICELESS, and that`s why they want to settle within 3 years.
BP Claims Solutions
We have heard from many of you that you want to settle and yes we can help you, we have heard from many of you that you are madder then Hell, and you want to litigate, and yes we can Help you too.
We have heard from still more of you about your frustration about being starved out, and being forced to take Quick Pays, and we are not done, nor will we ever be done Helping you, and keeping BP and others accountable.
It is our purpose through out this tragedy to assist you in any way we can, and to make sure that no matter what course of action you decide to take, you do so with eyes wide open. If you would like to speak to us about your possible options, please fill out the form to the right, or call 1-800-BP-CLAIM.
So when you think about the BP Claims Settlement, please think about what I mentioned above and see where you fall into, we have been doing this for a long time now, we are not bound to any particular Law Firm or any Particular Consultant Groups.
We just want to get your BP Claims in the Best hands, so that you are truly with BP Claims Experts that can best represent your particular BP Claims, and we know who they are.
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The BP Claims Settlement Era Begins
BP Claims had languished with the GCCF for far too long. In reality it took almost 2 years for someone to step in and fix the issues, and the fact is we don`t know if they are fixed. What we do know is news of the BP Claims Settlement has begun to leak out from multiple sources, and this is what it looks like. Judge Barbier will be overseeing the BP Claims Settlement process.
A deal was struck between the PSC (Plaintiffs Steering Committee) and BP, the order has not been signed by Judge Barbier yet. From our understanding it is a comprehensive and generous system with a few hitches. Calculating your BP Claims Settlement will still involve proper future trending and some areas will not need to show causation. A map and a break down of Industry will be utilized to help establish payouts in a matrix system much like a class action, many are referring to this as the BP Class Action.
The BP Claims Settlement will Include.
1) The Seafood Industry will fair quite well with over 2.3 Billion dollars going directly to BP Claims. This will cover fishermen, shrimpers, crabbers and other assorted Businesses and Individuals that make their living from the Gulf of Mexico.
2) Real Property damage to Coastal and wetland property owners, if you got oil on your land you will be covered under the BP Claims Settlement.
3) Loss of Subsistence use, if you can prove you utilized the natural resources to feed your family and that was taken away by the Oil Spill, you are eligible to receive compensation.
4) Vessels of Opportunity Claims, if your boat was used for the VOO program, and you were put on stand bye after having logged some time on the water, or your boat was damaged the BP Claims Settlement addresses your issues.
5) The loss of value that was incurred from the sale of property that can be shown that the loss was the result of the Oil Spill.
6) Any Economic loss by a Business or an Individual as the result of the Spill.
7) Medical Issues as a result of the Oil Spill Clean Up or by people that lived or worked around the affected areas.
Our Team can Help you with any of these BP Claims.
BP Settlement Calculations
New calculations will come into effect for the BP Settlement they promise to be more generous. You will take 3 consecutive months from 2010 (your worst months) and then take the same months from preceding years, subtract 2010 from that average, use the multiplier assigned to your Industry and geographic area, the RTP (Risk Transfer premium) that should be a multiplier between 2 and possibly up to 7, add in your future trending, and you should come up with your BP Settlement figure. There is more to it, but this is the broad strokes of it.
The BP Claims Settlement has drawn quite a few skeptics.
Most of the skepticism comes from BP Claims Attorneys with large case loads that signed up tens of thousands of cases. Many of these attorneys in our estimation were bewildered by the whole BP Claims process, and how difficult it was to put BP Claims together and package them to the GCCF. It was also recognized that the leadership of the GCCF told these attorneys to go right when preparing to settle these cases, when in fact they should have been going left, this misinformation that was fed to them by the GCCF leadership, ultimately led them to utilize their resources in the wrong area and clients were left hanging, with their BP Claims unpaid.
BP Claims Quick Pays and Finals need to be addressed in the BP Settlement
The reason I am going over this story is because, now people that took Quick Pays or finaled out because they were basically starved out by the GCCF and Ken Feinberg are receiving the same treatment as the the sick people originally did and that is a huge injustice. The common use of a Delay, Deny and Defend Strategy needs to be overcome and is just not ethical in todays world. Here is an email we got yesterday the names will be omitted.
After the oil spill i filed a claim for the emergency help and did receive help. When they asked me to get them 08, 09, 10. Taxes We gave them what they needed 08, 09, 10, and they said they still needed more. So we went to Jackson Hewitt and had them fax 07, 08, 09 ,10. And would you know they still said they more information. Later we filed for the interim payment and did get what was suppose to be a 6 month payment, it was a check for like $3,500 and then they said they messed up and sent us like $1,800 more and then nothing else after that. JUST NEED MORE INFO. 4 time’s we gave them what they needed. Finaly JUNE of 2011 we just had to settle for the $25,000. Because my wife and i was about to loose my wife`s property that we live on together for 19 year’s. And she has lived there since she was 7 year’s old, For 32 year’s. And so on from there.
So here we are still in a bind and about to loose everything because have tried to catch them oysters there is nothing out there. Or no order’s do to no one wanting that many oysters.
So can we still get any help.
This is one email of literally 1000`s just like it, and these people need to be figured into the The BP Claims Settlement, BP needs to give them just what they owe them regardless of what ever they signed, The GCCF failed them, the BP Claims Process failed them, and we at BPClaims.org will Not rest until they are made whole.
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BP Claims Quick Pay touted by the GCCF as a Gift
According to our BP Claims Experts more then 50% of the BP Claims Quick Pays calculate out to be substantially higher then the 25k settlement offer. It doesn`t matter if your losses are 50k or 500k and supported by BP Claims documentation. I can`t tell you how many people I have spoken to that regret taking the BP Claims Quick Pays. The GCCF is surging ahead these days making BP Claims Quick Pay offers to business`s owners in mass. Often they will tell you, you don`t have all your paperwork together, or your oil spill claim is deficient in some way. Often the GCCF will deny your BP Claims only to circle back to you, and offer you the Quick Pay, making it seem like a gift. Let me assure you, the GCCF BP Claims Quick Pay is not a gift.
BP Claims Audit is on it`s way
The GCCF is not handling the BP Claims process fairly and people know it. The Attorney General from Mississippi (Jim Hood) and the Attorney General (Eric Holder) for the United States is taking them to court to audit the BP Claims process. Mr. Hood tried to get the information from the GCCF but they kept stalling him, sound familiar. In a last resort two of the top Attorneys charged with protecting the Rights of the People are gearing up to do battle for the People. If BP and the GCCF were handling the BP Claims process correctly, this would not be necessary.
BP Claims Quick Pays may get a second chance
A group of Attorneys have filed papers with Judge Barbier in New Orleans asking that the Judge review the Quick Pay system, because they charge that they are illegal under OPA. They further charged that BP Claims Quick Pays were offered to people that were under duress, and forced to take the BP Claims Quick Pays. If the Judge rules in favor of the Attorneys it could mean that people and business owners that accepted the Quick Pays could get a second chance to get what they deserve from the BP Claims Process.
What to do about your BP Claims and Quick Pays
First don`t let them pressure you into accepting the BP Claims Quick Pay, understand that this is part of their strategy to buy you out of suing BP for future damages. You need to get a second opinion on your BP Claims settlement offer from the GCCF, whether it is a Quick Pay or a Final Settlement. We have teamed up with several groups that will review your Claims Settlements at no charge, and if you have been offered a Quick Pay of 25k, they will only charge you for any any recovery above the 25k. There really are people out there that will help you with your BP Claims. Fees start at 15%, fill out the form to the right and start getting help with your BP Claims. Our Experts can also look at your oil spill claims while they are still a the GCCF, if they are Under Review or have been Denied, there is help for your BP Claims.