The deadline for victims of the BP oil spill to file claims with the GCCF is rapidly approaching. The GCCF will close its doors in 2013, so now is the time to file or appeal your BP claim if you are a victim and have not done so already. The GCCF has come under fierce attack over the last year for unethical practices, and biases in determining BP claims decisions.
GCCF Pays Base On Amount
The GCCF has been limiting Gulf Coast claim approvals based on geographic proximity and amount people are asking for. This has been the biggest hot-button issue surrounding the GCCF’s practices. This means that if the BP oil spill negatively affected you – even if you sustained Income loss from the event – and you were not close enough to the spill to meet the GCCF standards, then they will deny your BP claim.
This stipulation has come under fire by many local government agencies, the most prominent of which is the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. The agency cited that the GCCF judged claims were based on “a random distance in relation to the shoreline” and advised that, “all claims incurred as a result of the oil spill should be paid regardless of the claimant’s physical location.”
GCCF Paying Claims Based On Industry Types
The GCCF is approving claims for industries related to seafood and fishing and throwing the other industries on the Gulf Coast affected by the spill under the bus. The organization categorically denied claims for industries they deemed “unrelated” to the spill, whether or not the businesses were impacted by the disaster. These industries should talk to an oil spill attorney and get represented in their claim against BP and the GCCF.
The GCCF has denied thousands of claims filed by businesses such as – but by no means limited to – beauty salons, travel agencies, grocery stores, and auto repair shops. Local business owners have suffered immensely as a result, because their businesses intertwine with tourism and the local vitality of the area before the spill.
The Tunnell Report Used By The GCCF To Pay
The media and local officials are also criticizing the GCCF for using information from a study called “The Tunnell Report” to determine future losses. Dr. Wes Tunnell of Texas A&M University authored the report, and a source notes that he receive $500,000 from the BP Oil Company to do so. The report proclaimed that there was great news on the horizon for the Gulf Coast. It stated that the gulf was in the midst of a strong recovery and that most of the fish population would be back to normal levels sometime in 2012.
Many marine biologists blasted Tunnell for the claims he made in his report. One observed that Tunnell’s report fails to provide enough individualized consideration of the effects of the oil spill on one particular species. In addition, the report was not peer-reviewed, which is a standard practice among academic professionals.
The bias of the GCCF in awarding claims is the main reason that we urge victims of the BP oil spill to appeal denied claims. If you have experienced bias when filing your claim, or you feel you have been unfairly denied, please fill out a free case review and talk to an attorney about getting your claim paid so that you can get on with your life after the spill.
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.