The BP Company has promised to compensate all individuals, businesses and families who were affected by the accidental oil spill and release of hazardous gases in Texas. A BP Claims office facilitates claims for such compensation. There are about 30 offices spread all over USA. Just what kinds of claims are processed by these offices?
BP Claims Office Business Claim
This type of compensation is given to businesses whose operations have been suspended because of the oil spill. To put it simply, people who have been deprived of their livelihood due to the closing of an industry brought about by the spill are entitled to this claim. The money obtained from the settlement can then be used to start up the business once again. If you are not sure if your losses are grave enough to merit the approval of your claim, you can approach an officer or any authorized personnel at a BP claims office, send mail or fill up a form online to expedite your request.
BP Claims Office Individual BP Claim
Individual BP claims are the most common ones processed by BP claims offices. These claims are given to individuals to pay for expenses or losses that include oil removal, oil cleanup cost, lost of earnings, physical injury or death, and damage to real property such as a house, car or boat. The office needs to see proofs of your losses when you apply for oil claims. You also need to provide evidence of your identity. Upon presentation of these requirements, the BP claims office will investigate and assess your application and determine the damage done.
Be careful of persons posing as claims officers who are, in reality, scammers. Do not give out money for them to process your application. More importantly, before visiting any BP claims office, you need to assess what kind of claims you are eligible for. This will facilitate successful filing of a claim.
Sine we have all seen the poor job Mr. Kenneth Feinberg has done over the last month in getting claims assessed and . This has created lots of frustration and hardship in the small towns along the gulf of mexico. The oil spill has destroyed the lifes of many families and the wait for bp payments has been more than many people could take.
The BP claim alternative
Bp Claim victims that has applied to the National Pollution Fund center are reporting fast intake of their claim and direct contact to their adjuster through the process. The National polution fund center is available to people with a BP claims that has been rejected by BP Claims offices or people with a BP claim that is now over 90 days old.
If you are not happy with the way the BP claim process are going you can submit a claim to the national pollution fund center, the national pollution center warns that health problems and physical injuries are not accepted by them. For these claims an attorney would be better if your have been rejected by the BP claim system.
The oil spill law says that a spill victim with an oil spill claim must first approach the responsible party — this would be BP. Mr Feinberg has represented them since August 23 2010. If it has taken 90 days and no decision has been made by BP then a claim can be filed with the National Pollution fund center. In this case the claim would be considered by both BP and by the national pollution fund center. You can not get a double payment ofcourse but you can have the National Pollution fund center pay any portion of your claim that BP does not cover.
Lets take an example here. You have a strong BP claim for $14,000 in lost wages, BP pays you $6,000 and hope to be done with you, in this case you can make another claim to the National Pollution Fund Center for the difference between your original claim $14,000 and the $6,000.
Another important difference between the BP claim setup under Mr. Feinberg is that they will pay you a final payment after 6 month, the National pollution fund center can pay you monthly in up to 3 years for lost income due to the oil spill.