If the Gulf oil spill has done your property harm, health concerns or financial suffering for you or your family, you may be at liberty to compensation from the responsible party. Your alternatives for seeking payment for damages include:
* Submitting an oil spill claim straight to the accountable party, in this case, BP
* Submit a civil complaint for oil spill damage against the accountable party or parties
* Join a class action oil spill claim against the responsible party
* File an oil spill claim to the National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC)
A competent oil spill attorney who has a lot of experience with environmental law will be able to help you opt for the option that best suits your situation. For example, under the Oil Pollution Act it is necessary for you to submit an oil spill claim to BP first before you can submit a case or submit an oil spill claim to the NPFC. However, you will be strongly given advise to consult with an oil spill lawyer before submitting any complaints to BP.
Their lawyers will do anything to stop you from receiving the settlement that you deserve because of their neglect. You will need to have a competent, forceful and experienced oil spill lawyer who will not stop until you have been properly compensated.
A lawyer can also advise you of any oil spill claims that have been filed by people in the same situation as yours. Joining one of these class action lawsuits could be your best course of action because it will enable a large group of claimants to have their cases combined into one case, resulting in greater effectiveness of the legal process and lower court case costs.
When filing an oil spill claim to the NPFC, all documents which will pertain to proof of damages and related costs must be put together. You should also incorporate proof of submission of your claim to the responsible party. To make sure of the validity of your oil spill claim, it will be to your advantage to discuss your case first and present the associated documents with an experienced oil spill lawyer. Submitting an oil spill claim to the National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC) does not relinquish your right to file a different case for the same damages, but it is necessary to discuss with an attorney who is an expert with environmental law prior to submission.