The BP Claims Lawsuit is going to be one of the biggest legal battles in US history is set to take place in February of 2012. More than 120,000 claimants have stepped forward to join in the federal lawsuit against BP and other energy companies, claiming personal and financial losses after last year’s disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Its not to late for you to do the same and say to hell with the GCCF, I want to get my compensation. The legal proceedings are expected to reach all the way to the Supreme Court.
Were BP and Other Companies Simply Negligent?
BP shouldered much of the blame for the oil spill that killed 11 workers and dropped 155 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, but they aren’t the only ones being sued. Transocean and Halliburton are being taken to task for the 2010 accident in the Gulf.
One of the lead lawyers on case states that there has never been any other US case tried that has been so complex and on such a large scale.
BP has already taken most of the finger pointing for the spill, but officials of the corporation are preparing evidence stating that the Deep Water Horizon accident actually happened due to multiple parties and is consistently pointing to other’s involvement in the accident.
February 27, 2012 is the official date to begin the BP claims trial for this first issue. The goal is to prove which party was most at fault: Transocean, who owned the rig, BP, who leased the rig, or Halliburton, who was responsible for laying the cement for the rig.
Another key component of the trial is proving whether a judge should find any or all of these companies grossly negligent. If that verdict is reached, the companies will be facing potentially tens of billions of dollars in damages.
BP officials claim that they are aware that the company was negligent; they are just trying to avoid the label “grossly negligent.”
Outcome Of The Trial Will Affect Future BP Claims Payments
Many victims of the oil spill have decided to put their trust in the hands of the GCCF, and hope to receive compensation from the agency instead of adding onto the 400 lawsuits already filed against the companies by 120,000 individuals and business.
Most are under the impression that this trial will take years to end. On the contrary, despite earlier whispers that the lawyers representing BP and the other defendants were going to draw out the legal proceedings, the case is actually moving through the court system at an unprecedented rate.
Many legal experts are comparing the BP claims lawsuit to the lawsuit filed against Exxon-Valdez after the oil spill off the coast of Alaska in 1989. That legal battle lasted almost a decade and Exxon got off paying $500 million in damages as opposed to the original $2.5 billion they were being sued for.
The outcome of this case may or may not share the same fate.
The outcome of the upcoming trial in February has the potential to set a legal precedent for how the courts will handle compensation proceedings in the future.
If BP cannot prove that they have fewer faults in the accident than originally believed, then many people who are filing BP claims against them will finally get the financial compensation they deserve.
Stake Your Claim Now and Get Your Share Of The BP Claims Lawsuit
If you have been waiting for the GCCF to do the right thing for month and still no right answer its time to get your paperwork in to the attorney’s and gets things lined up for trial. The work up of your case takes about 1 week after you bring all the documents in. So get started today and fill out the free case review on the right hand side of this site.
The GCCF stories continues with this blog post.
If you live on the Gulf Coast and the BP oil spill negatively affected you, you should file a claim, right? Wrong.
If you’re thinking of filing a claim for oil spill damages with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), you may be sorely disappointed with the results. Let’s walk through the typical claims filing process so you can get a better look at what may be in store for you if you choose to go this route with the GCCF.
GCCF Process As It Is Now !
You file your claim with the GCCF. You wait a couple of weeks, and then you receive a letter in the mail stating that your claim is deficient and requires you to submit additional documents in order to be processed. You think, “No problem,” and you send off the appropriate information. Then, you wait some more, expecting a check to show up in your mailbox any day. Instead, after a few more weeks go by, you receive another letter of deficiency from the GCCF expressing the need for you to submit even more documentation. All the while, these letters are assuring you that the GCCF is committed to helping you through the claims process quickly and expediently.
The months come and go, and each day you find yourself wandering to your mailbox with baited breath, crossing your fingers that – yes – today your highly anticipated check will finally arrive. Only it never does. You receive yet another letter stating that you have filled out your forms incorrectly and you must resubmit your claim.
You curse the sky, pick up your phone and you call the GCCF – which results in nothing but a back-and-forth exchange with a GCCF representative that produces only frustration. After months of waiting and correcting, arguing and hoping, you are officially ready to wave the white flag. You walk out to your mailbox one last time, and you find a settlement offer from the GCCF for a fraction of what BP owes you. The offer includes a sneaky little document that you must sign agreeing you will not sue BP. You sign away your rights and take the offer, because at this point, you are grateful for any money at all.
GCCF Real Life Story, it happens to everybody
This is exactly what happened to Pamela Parks, a manufacture of fiberglass boats that fish off the Gulf Coast. Parks filed her claim with more than 400 supplemental documents and a CD full of data, and the GCCF still denied her request. Then, when Parks called to find out why, “they said they needed more information. I resubmitted and was denied [within] 3 days of submission. Then, when I called the next time, they said we were filed under the wrong category. Then we received a denial letter again. And we were told to redo the claim online – which I did – and fax in more supporting documents, which we did, within 3 days of re-doing [everything] online.”
All of her sorting and filing was to no avail. Parks followed up again, this time asking the GCCF representative to send her the supporting documents to review so she could understand why the agency denied her claim. The representative told her “no” without any further explanation. Parks pointed out that she thinks the GCCF may be trying to wait out as many claimants as possible to avoid payment before the 2013 deadline.
Dirty Little Secret Work With Attorneys No Up Front Cost
Don’t let this happen to you. The dirty little secret that the GCCF doesn’t want you to know is that you have other options. You can work with attorneys to get your claim paid by the GCCF – without getting the runaround from the GCCF. If you fill out a free case review and speak to our attorneys, you can bypass dealing with the GCCF altogether. Brent Coon & Associates will take your claim work it up and submit it to the GCCF. If they get denied, they will take those Bastards to trial for you as any legitimate oil spill claim will be pay by the GCCF or BP, you can put your trust in that. If you want to talk to the attorneys first and then decide that is perfectly normal, fill out the free case review and get started now.
So Called Consultants versus Attorneys Submitting You GCCF Claims
There are also consultant out there that want to do your BP claim for you, don’t get fooled by their know it all attitude ask them how they will fight BP in courts if it comes to that. If you made the mistake of going with an consultant at first you can still sign up now to use attorney’s from us. We pride our self in having selected the best trial attorney to face BP if you need it. We hope it does not come to that but if you need to use Mr. Brent Coon to get your case settled he will be on your team. Look him up right now Brent Coon & Associates, see what he has done to BP before like the Texas City Explosion, look at his experienced with BP. Then ask what ever consultant that comes up to you and want to do your case for money and ask them what experience they have. They will charge you 20% of your potential compensation to push paperwork to the GCCF for you. If you get denied you still have to go out an find an attorney, and you still have to pay that attorney.
The attorneys will fight your case all the way until you get paid, the consultants will push you paperwork to the GCCF and expect a cut, without any legal power to do anything. All they are is so called consultants. What do you think it takes to become a consultant ? 5 years of college or 3 years of business school ? I don’t know but I feel like anybody can be a consultant and get away with it. Not so with an attorney where experience and law school is a major part of his resume. Choose wisely and go with an attorney from the start, your power with the GCCF will be much bigger and your compensation will be much bigger, as the GCCF and BP don’t want to go to trial with Mr. Brent Coon.
Time Deadline To File With The GCCF
You need to get started as soon as possible, because the BP trial is set to begin in February of 2012. The attorneys need enough time to get your case sorted out before the big day, and you don’t want to miss out on your piece of the $20 billion set aside to pay claimants after the trial. According to a Reuters story, BP’s strategy is to use the money set aside to pay off large claims first in order to keep from dealing with those claimants in the courtroom.
The report notes that, “[t]he fund, which was taken over last month by Obama administration’s former executive pay czar Kenneth Feinberg, could presumably pay the vast majority of the stronger claims, such as those brought by resorts that had oil-smeared beaches. That could leave BP and its defendants facing weaker claims that the fund rejects, such as those brought by businesses miles from areas affected by the spill.”
This means that you need to act now to get your piece of the fund. Don’t get caught up in the GCCF’s game. The organization wants you to settle with them in order to avoid facing you in court and potentially paying you more money. This is precisely what you need to do, however, and if you team up with our attorneys by filling out a free case review, you can get what you rightfully deserve when the trial ends.