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.
Attorneys traditionally charge 25%
Non Attorneys charge 15%
We will Help you with your BP Claims and Beyond.