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.