The people that jumped at the opportunity to clean up the beaches are now getting a fair shake in the new proposed BP settlement. This is what I have heard the proposal looks like all subject to court approval and the settlement proposal are not yet in a final state but better to know a little than to know nothing I hope you all agree on that.
BP Clean Up Workers With Claims Of Exposure
The settlement proposal for the clean up workers that was hired by BP sub contractors to help keep the beaches clean. All the clean up workers should sign up again with the attorneys if the BP settlement criteria applies to the. Form on the right hand side of the page.
This would have been clean up workers that was exposed to Corexit or crude oil. The most reported side effects would b:
- Chronic injury( symptoms lasting more than 6 month)
- Eye problems
- Respiratory problems
- Effects on your skin
- Gastronomical complication (stomach problems )
There is a few way of proving your case the more information you can give the higher the payout should be from the proposed BP Settlement.
- File a sworn statement of fact of when and where exposed took place with your attorney No Medical records necessary
- File a sworn statement of fact of when and where exposed took place and your medical records proving your condition.
- File a sworn statement of fact of when and where and you visit to the BP medical facility out on site when exposure took place.
- File a sworn statement of fact that you got heatstroke from the work and visited BP medical facility on site when it happened.
If you where hospitalize for any conditions related to the exposure from Corexit or crude oil you should include this in your statement to the attorney. Also Hospital records should be included.
Residents With Medical Claims From Exposure
If you live near the beach or close to the marshes in Louisiana and Alabama that got covered with oil there is a good chance that you can file a claim against BP for your exposure to Corexit and crude oil.
This would have to be file if you have showed symptoms of exposure. General symptoms are the same as above for the clean up workers.
You would have to be able to document your injury or exposure with medical records a photo of your skin rash or other ways with a witness to your injury. Again you would have to write a sworn statement of when and where the exposure took place and what happened to you because of the exposure.
If you are living close to the coast or by the marshes and have had exposure to the Corexit that BP was spraying from air planes or from the fumes of the crude oil contact an attorney to evaluate your claim.
I have hear from a lot of people especially in Grand Isle Louisiana that have complained about the exposure and now finally there are somebody you can go to and get compensation for your injury.
Vessels of Opportunity VOO Update
First a shout out to my friend Tom in Pensacola to give me a call. So here is an update on the Vessels of Opportunity proposed BP settlement as I hear it. To be consider for a proposed settlement with BP in the Settlement you would have to have been put into service in the VOO fleet. If you where in service your qualify for back pay. The proposal is looking at pay of about 26 days for people waiting at the dock. The day rate would be according to the contract you where under. But an extra 26 day of pay if you go the settlement route and maybe more maybe less if you take your claim to the courts.
If you never went into service you might get paid for a few days so don’t give up those claims but the settlement proposal will not do much for NO service VOO boat owners.
Lately I’ve been hearing from a lot of people with more than one claim about how the GCCF has cheated them. The GCCF has a lot of different ways of tricking you out of money you deserve, but this one is really devious. This is how it works. Let’s say you own three businesses and you participated in the VOO (Vessels of Opportunity) Program. You should be getting paid for five claims: One personal claim because you are making less personally from your businesses, three claims (one for each business), and one claim for VOO. The GCCF will send you the paperwork for one claim. You think it’s a fair offer or you just don’t have any other choice, so you go ahead and sign off and take the money from the GCCF for that one claim.
How The GCCF Cheats You
Now they have you. The GCCF sneaks fine print into the release you sign that says you release them and all the companies involved in the spill from “any and all claims.” What this means is that even though they only paid you for one claim, you have waived your rights for all your other claims, including all of the work you did for BP for Vessels of Opportunity.
Even if you don’t own a business, but you worked for BP through VOO and have a personal claim, they can still cheat you. They’ll just offer you money for whatever claim is lowest first, and once you sign THEN the GCCF will tell you that you can’t get money for any other claims.
What to Watch Out For with the GCCF
If you are like many gulf coast residents, you have more than one claim. BP screwed up a lot of people’s livelihoods and property. If you are filing your claims with the GCCF, be VERY careful to read through the entire release they send you, even the small print. If you see anything in there that says you “release any and all claims” and you see a big list of all the corporations involved in the spill, DO NOT SIGN!
The GCCF will do anything they can to keep from paying you what you deserve, and we hear from more and more people every day who have lost their right to get paid back for all the damage BP did because of this underhanded trick.
If You Want To Make Absolutely Sure the GCCF Doesn’t Cheat You
It can be really hard to dig through all of the fine print and complicated legal wording on your own. My recommendation is to get some professional help with your claim. You don’t have to sue anyone if you don’t want to, but the GCCF pays attention when you say that you have representation, and they will be a lot less likely to try to trick you out of your compensation.
Even if they do try to trick you, a professional can help to catch it before you lose your rights to get reimbursed for the damage THEY did. If you have more than one claim and you want to make sure the GCCF doesn’t pull the rug out from under you, feel free to fill out the free case review box on the side of the page and someone will be in touch with you soon.