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.
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.