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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.
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 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
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.
We will Help you with Your BP Claims.