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Things Far From Normal 18 Months after Gulf-Oil Spill – BP Claims Still Unpaid

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility or the GCCF was put in place to help the business and personal income BP Claims with fast money to help them recover from the largest oil spill in US history. Now 18 month later they clearly did not help 100,000 of business and over 300,000 individuals that had legitimate claims. Even the 200,000 people that got a quick claim paid by the GCCF the verdict is still out if they got help or just took what ever they could get because the oil spill was ruining their livelihood.

For all you out there that that have not gotten help, are still in limbo with the GCCF or have just been flat out denied by the GCCF, read this post all the way to the end and a nice bonus will be there for you to see.

GCCF Denied Claims

Proof That GCCF Has Not Made It Right

A group of Louisiana fishermen and Houma Indians are traveling around the country telling their Gulf-oil spill claim horror stories 18 months after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

This was not supposed to happen, according to the hype surrounding the establishment of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), which was masterminded by the White House and BP to pay out $20 billion in oil-spill claims — promptly and effectively.

But according to the Claims Journal, the so-called streamlined BP claims process touted by GCCF’s third-party administrator Ken Feinberg, is simply not working. Instead, it’s bogged down in bureaucratic quicksand and its reputation of being an advocate for small claimants has been ruined by lightning-fast claim rejections – based on little common sense.

“There are still problems with the claims process even all this time later,” Rebecca Templeton, head of a social service nonprofit helping Louisiana fisherman, told the Journal. “And the shrimping season is a disappointment, and fishermen are fearful of it getting worse.”

It appears to me their fears are firmly rooted.

Long Term Effect GCCF Is Ignoring For BP Claims

Louisiana State University researchers found that many of the native fish in the Gulf were having reproductive and development problems as a direct result of the contaminants that flooded the bayous on account of the BP Gulp oil spill.

 Environment Still Not Cleaned Up, GCCF Not Paying BP Claims?

Although BP promised it would clean up the damage of its gargantuan oil spill, Louisiana Houma Indians recently testified in front of Congress telling them that this was not the case.

“We are losing our land and the people too,” Sharon Gauthe, a co-founder of the nonprofit advocacy group Shared Community Organizing told the Journal.

As more and more small businesses realize their financial losses could stretch into five years or more, the GCCF is vehemently rejecting their future claims on the erroneous basis that they can’t be proved and there’s no effective way to measure the losses.

 GCCF Is Ignoring Long-Term Effects

Simultaneously, nonprofit environmental groups are releasing scientific studies that contradict GCCF’s rationale for not accepting or paying such claims.

For example, according to a new study released by the Waterkeeper Alliance, the negative effects of the Gulf oil spill are just beginning.

“The oil is not gone, and long-term impacts are still unknown,” the report said. “If past oil spills are used as a barometer we can fully expect the Gulf Coast to suffer continued environmental degradation for decades.”

The report concludes this is so because 75 percent of the oil spilled by BP is still lingering on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, creating an unprecedented and unknown new environmental hazard.

While it has always been the policy of this blog to be objective and give the GCCF the benefit of the doubt and a fair chance to make good on its claim — these damning facts cannot be ignored!

 For a moment, let me get personal about your BP Claims

I don’t have a BP claim against the GCCF, but if I or a relative did, I would seek the advice of an attorney, who had experience in this arena – and I’d advise my relative to do the same! Don’t let the GCCF play games with your future. It makes all the sense in the world to protect your interests by seeking legal counsel help from somebody with leverage. When you fill out a free case review on these pages you will hear from an attorney with Brent Coon and Associates. Read a little about Brent Coon & Associates  ( Click Here ) and see if you think they can protect your interest for you with the GCCF. If your answer is yes, then fill out the free case review and get started today towards real recovery from the BP Oil Spill.

GCCF’s Tight-fisted Payout Policies Force Claimants to Fight Back

It’s been a year and a half since Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) was set up by the White House and BP to pay our $20 billion in Gulf-Oil spill claims, yet its tight-fisted polices are pushing many claimants up against the wall.

The GCCF was touted by both the White House and BP as a benevolent and understanding third-party administrator headed by Ken Feinberg, an attorney who helped settle the claims of the September 11 terrorist victims, but in reality the GCCF has only paid out a paltry sum of $5.3 billion in Gulf-oil claims — so far.

 

I believe this is inexcusable!

 

Only Three Options At GCCF For Your BP Claims

 

At first, GCCF paid out a number of claims promptly, but within two months the claim spigot began to tighten and today only a trickle is coming out to claimants without legal representation.

If you happened to be one of the injured parties in the Gulf-oil spill, you really only have three options in getting justly compensated.

Option 1

You can take a so-called “quick payment,” which amounts to a sum of $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for businesses. Granted, this requires minimal paperwork, but the great disadvantage of this option is that you sign off all your rights for any additional claims. Option one can be summed up this way: “What you see is what you get”.

Option (2)

Is for those whose losses are greater than $5,000 or $25,000. In order to file a claim under this option, you must be able to provide substantial documentation. On the face of it, this seems reasonable, but recent tightening by GCCF and its ever-changing documentation requirement shows that this is not the case. Even fully documented victims get flat denials by the GCCF

For example, I recently read a column written by Larry Kendzior, a consultant and CPA who writes for the Florida KeysNet. In his piece, he described some of the documentation horror stories faced by some of his clients who filed BP Claims.

“Several of my clients have documented claims in excess of $100,000,” Kendzior wrote. “A few have been paid, but most have been denied, or the GCCF has offered to settle for nominal sum.”

Why are so many cases being flat-out turned down? The GCCF is constantly changing the rules making them a moving target!

According to GCCF administrator Feinberg, the Facility now will not pay loss of income claims documented by CPAs. To me this is astounding, considering the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other government agencies allow CPAs to represent their business clients in any audit.

Instead, the GCCF is asking businesses to provide written proof of customer cancellations and even proof that they would have been on the water, according to CPA Kendzior.

It’s pretty clear to me, after reading this column, that this rule is just another way for the GCCF to deny legitimate claims!

In his piece, Kendzior advises that no claimant should be lulled into thinking that they’ll get a check just because a local GCCF representative has prepared or reviewed their BP claim.

“Many claims handled this way have been denied after review by the central facility in Ohio,” wrote Kendzior.

 

Fight Back Against The GCCF Option 3

Unfortunately, this kind of game playing coupled with escalating documentation requirements has forced many claimants to pursue the third option, which is to secure legal representation.

What does Kendzior recommend in his column?

“My advice is to take no action unless you have first reviewed your situation with an attorney who is experienced in BP claims,” he writes.

I concur completely. Don’t let the GCCF play games with your future. It makes all the sense in the world to protect your interests by seeking legal counsel today!

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