We all remember what it was like right after the BP oil spill, and hurricane oil damage is the last thing a lot of people want to hear about. It still pays to be prepared though. When the spill first happened, there was oil all over the beaches, no one could fish (a lot of people still can’t), oyster beds were destroyed, tourists stopped coming, and tons of people’s livelihoods were destroyed. It was a nightmare and still is. Many people are still trying to recover from the damage the bp oil spill caused. But with hurricane season coming up, it makes you wonder what would happen if a hurricane hit Destin. Hurricanes are bad enough, but hurricane oil damage would make it that much worse.
What kind of hurricane oil damage would occur?
All of the oil that’s just sitting on the ocean bed right now would get washed all over the coast, into the oyster beds, through the fishing grounds, and onto the beaches. The hurricane oil damage could bring the gulf right back to square one. Tourists don’t want to come swim around an oily mess. People already hit hard by the oil spill the first go round, like fishermen, would have to deal with all the hurricane oil damage too. You can’t eat a fish that’s covered in oil.
The media spotlight on BP would come right back, but that wouldn’t do much to help the people dealing with hurricane oil damage. The problem is that instead of actually getting rid of the oil they spewed all over the gulf, BP just used dispersants to put it out of sight. It worked well for BP’s image, but it didn’t do a whole lot else except get people sick. The reason there would be so much hurricane oil damage is that the dispersants just pushed the oil down into the water. It’s still sitting there, waiting to get stirred up.
Would I have a new claim for Hurricane Oil Damage?
This is where the evil genius of the GCCF and BP’s quick pay scheme comes in. Gulf coast victims who already took the low-ball quick pay wouldn’t be eligible to get compensated for hurricane oil damage. They already signed away their rights to get any more money from BP related to the oil spill, no matter how much more damage it causes. Hurricane oil damage is just one more reason to think twice about taking a quick pay offer from the GCCF.
They’ve been furiously trying to get these quick pays out so people can sign away their rights, so if hurricane oil damage or any other problem comes up, they won’t have to worry about paying for it. The more of the problems they shift onto the gulf coast residents they already hurt, the more money they get to keep in their pocket.
What Options do you have if there is Hurricane Oil Damage?
If you haven’t taken a quick pay or final payment from the GCCF, you can still force BP to pay for the damage they caused, hurricane-related or otherwise. Nobody wants a hurricane to happen, but people who have lived in Florida for a while know that hurricanes happen when you live on the coast, and it pays to be prepared. Part of being prepared now, thanks to BP, is looking out for hurricane oil damage along with regular hurricane damage. If you want to make sure you don’t have a financial meltdown if oil washes up on the beaches of Florida, make sure you only take interim payments from the GCCF. If you take a quick pay or final pay and a hurricane comes and brings up all that oil, you’ll be out of luck.
A lot of people are still hurting from the original oil spill. It can be hard to figure out what to do and how to make ends meet, so hurricane oil damage is the last thing people need. If you want to know what the best steps to take next are, feel free to fill out our free case review box and an expert will be in touch to talk with you about your claim. They can also give you advice about how to deal with hurricane oil damage, and how to prepare for it.
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.