Do you need an attorney for your GCCF Claims ? I think this is a question that is on many peoples minds while they are waiting, and waiting for GCCF to give them an answer on their GCCF claims, So below I will try and give everybody a view of what the right attorney brings to the table. First a little background, as people that follow this blog know there were not many posts this week, as I have spent the week with attorney’s to find out what an attorney brings to the table with peoples GCCF claims.
GCCF Claims And Attorney’s
The biggest weapon an experienced attorney has, is the ability to file suit against BP. If you look at what GCCF has put up in their methodology for GCCF final claims payments, you should already have a pretty good idea of what they are offering. For a lot of people the 1 year of payments for what BP has done to people lives, is not going to restore them, in fact it is an insult. Families have been split up and jobs that have been lost, 1year of compensation and not knowing what lies a head, is just not enough. So if you select to go with an attorney at this stage you may get 3-5 years of compensation instead of 1. Below is a list of things that an attorney will provide.
GCCF Claims: 3 Reasons You Do Need An Attorney
1) Forensic accounting: This means they will have their experts look at your lost income, and figure your actual loss spread over years. This calculation will be very different from what GCCF is telling you that their so called “paid for” expects want you to believe. The Forensic accounting will make your GCCF claims much larger than what you think it is.
2) Leverage: Today you have no leverage with the GCCF, they have told you how they will look at the numbers you give them and what you will be paid on your GCCF claims. They have used their “experts” to calculate what your loses are, and they will pay you accordingly on your GCCF Claims. The GCCF is owned by BP, and BP is paying them to give our as little as possible in GCCF Claims money. An experienced attorney will be able to show the real loses that you have had, and the real future loses you will incur making your GCCF claims much larger. An attorney has leverage with GCCF because they can use their resources to collect the right documents from you, and to present your case in the best possible light. The attorneys we work with have experience with BP. They know how to beat BP in court, and know what it takes to settle with BP. The Attorney has the upper hand when handling your GCCF Claims with BP and GCCF.
3)No fear: When you have already beaten BP in court and are sitting on over 7 million internal BP documents, you have no fear when you are dealing with them. BP employs certain strategies that Attorney`s are aware of. We have interviewed and dealt with many different attorney’s before we selected the people to handle GCCF claims coming in from this site. We want to help as many people as possible with their GCCF claims. That is why we have selected a team that has the capacity to call people that fill out the forms in less than 1 hour. A quick story from this weeks visit, was an attorney getting up during dinner and calling a person that had just 10 minutes before filled out a form to get their GCCF claims handled by an attorney. It was very impressive to see the compassion they had for people in need.
As you already know the BP does not care about your GCCF claim, they want to settle the claims as fast as possible for as little as possible. We feel the attorneys we have chosen to work are the best in the country, they will maximize your claim.
Will GCCF Claims Go To Trial ?
If your GCCF claims are under $300,000, its very unlikely that your case will ever go to trial, as GCCF will settle long before that. Remember point 2, Leverage. The attorney literally sits down with 500 similar GCCF claims and settles them all with GCCF in an afternoon. Now you might ask, is this good or bad for your GCCF claim? If your Attorney has clean cases with documentation and accounting that shows why a client should have a certain amount in GCCF final payment, its hard for GCCF to say NO to that number. When you are sitting with 500 similar cases that are all documented with corresponding Forensic accounting, showing GCCF the projections for you future loses, it puts the GCCF on notice. When the GCCF and BP know that you have already beaten them in court, and won settlements against BP of over 2 billion dollars, you really don’t want to go back to court if your are BP or GCCF. So most cases will settle, and money will come to the victims of the biggest oil spill in US history rather quick. If you want an attorney to handle your GCCF claims please fill out the form.
Having talked to a few fishing guides that are doing fishing charters in the inland rivers and in the ocean, I am hearing the same stories from the 2010 season. After the oil spill people just stopped booking fishing trips. Many of them have gone to the GCCF and asked for emergency payment and some have gotten money but more are still fighting the fight with the GCCF for their lost of income in 2010.
Charter Fishing Will It Ever Be The Same ?
People I talk to have been wondering if the charter fishing will ever be the same after the oil spill, will the tourists come back and enjoy the clear waters around Florida`s coast and will they come back in time to save their business. People are scared out there, people are angry about the GCCF and the short sightedness of their methodology of the final claims payment. They don’t know if its going to be enough to cover the losses that they have already had, and if it will cover them in the future.
The answer I give people I talk to is, don’t settle, don’t sign off on the final claims paper work, take the interim payment option offered by the GCCF and take 6 month at a time until you know if you business is coming back. If the money GCCF is offering is not enough, go with the best attorney’s to handle you case. People with experience in dealing with BP and people that can get you what you deserve.
Are The Tourist coming back in 2011
Its very important that small business don’t give up hope and don’t stop trying to drum up new business, its important for two reasons.
1) If you don’t try and get your business back and get it running after the oil spill you will not have done your part, when it comes to filing final claims with GCCF, you have to try and limit your damages from the spill by you doing marketing, websites and all that you can do to drum up new business.
2) For yourself its important to know that you can run your business again without the help of the GCCF if you get denied a claim by them, also for cash flow before the GCCF people decides to pay you the money owed.
Filling a GCCF Claim Yourself or Go With An Attorney ?
There is a reason for the GCCF advocating for you to file your own claim and don’t get the attorney’s involved as you have now seen after almost 9 month of history of the GCCF. They simply don’t want the headache of dealing with the attorney’s that know what they are doing to people are not right. The GCCF want to be able to force you to take smaller money now because its the only option you have. The attorney’s knows the games the GCCF are playing on people and they know that the final claims numbers that are being offered by the GCCF are not right and should be much higher. We have found the best attorney’s to handle different styles of cases and we will help everybody that fills out a contact form on the right hand side. If its a small claim or a big claim everybody that contacts us will get help with their GCCF claims.
Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and I am not giving legal advice here its just my opinion of the situation on the ground and what I would do in a similar situation.