GCCF Biases are making it Harder to Get Paid

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.

GCCF Hard To Get Paid

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.

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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.

Business Owners Not Getting Their BP Claims Paid By The GCCF

In the start of the year most of my call was from individuals with smaller claims that was not getting their BP claims paid by the GCCF. This has now change as most of the smaller claims up to 50,000 has been paid by the GCCF. If your small individual BP claim has not been paid by the GCCF like it should have at this time, I would want you to fill out a free case review so our team can have a look at it.


Servers, cleaning and other personal income loss should have been paid at this time by the GCCF contact us though the form if yours have not, before the deadline to do so this year.

What I am seeing now are the bigger business claims coming in on the calls and the forms for free cases review. The BP claims that are left with the GCCF at this time are more of the high dollar business claims and there are a few reasons for that.

Why Are The GCCF Neglecting the BP Business Claims ?

So the main reason why the BP Business Claims are getting neglected by the GCCF is because of their strategy from the beginning. We want to show the people, the government that are going to audit us, the BP shareholders that we are paying a lot of people at it will not cost near the 20 billion we set a side for it.

How do we do that ?

Well its simple, if you start off by paying 1/2 the claims you can show a great number, we have paid half the claims and only spend 6 billion dollars. The smart people on wall street will think great its only going to cost BP 12 billion dollars this whole mess. This will make the BP share price go up and the share holders are happy. The smart people on wall street will soon find out however that they paid the lowest claims first, so the rest of the BP claims are much higher dollar claims.

When the government that will audit the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will be able to say, see here we have paid 1/2 all the claims that has come into us. So this should keep them in check as long as they don’t check what people doing the same job having the same salary was paid by the GCCF because these numbers will be very very different as I understand it from people I have personally talked to.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Contact Us Now.

First there are a few very oviouse reasons why you should contact us to handle your BP Claims

1. You have been denied by the GCCF but your feel like you have a good BP Claims

2. Your offer from the GCCF was very different from the offer your co-workers have gotten

3. You have been waiting for the GCCF forever and they keep stalling you and asking for more documentation

4. You BP Business Claim has been given a low dollar numbers as the GCCF has used some fuzzy accounting on your BP business claim

5. You don’t feel comfortable with settling with the GCCF at the offer they have gotten you

6. You want to get paid by the GCCF before their money runs out

7. You want to be in with an attorney before the trials starts

8. You want to talk to somebody about your BP claim and not get the run around

9. Your confident in the GCCF to pay your claim is gone

10. You want to hear a plan on how your are getting paid and when

Our Process of Getting Your BP Claims paid by the GCCF

Its all about having a plan with people you trust on getting your BP Claims paid by the GCCF, at this point I think most people would agree that the plan the GCCF has put in place of getting your claim paid has not worked for you. So let me layout the plan that is already a proven concept and it has been in place since 2010.

First you fill out the free case review and we will send you a confirmation email confirming receipt of your BP claims information. In the email we send you there will be a link to request representation by our trusted attorney Brent Coon & Associates. You can follow that link and request representation right then and there. After an attorney looks over your claim and gives you a call, all legit claims denied by the GCCF or not paid by the GCCF will be accepted by the attorney’s.

When Brent Coon & Associates accepts your case another letter will go out to you confirming representation and at the same time the claims department will be notified of your case.

A person from the claims department will reach out to you requesting documentation to work up your claim.. This is a critical point for you in the process so pay attention. The faster you get your documentation to the claims department the faster they can work up your BP claim and evaluate it.

Once it has been evaluated and a multiplier is put on your claim, it will be submitted to the GCCF as an interim claim with a final OPA (Oil Pollution Act) demand letter attached to the interim claim.

At this point we have to wait for the GCCF, but we know what you claim is worth and we know what the GCCF should be offering you on your claim.

The GCCF has 90 days to come back with an offer on your claim, right now we see anything from 2 -6 weeks before we hear back from them.

This would be an interim offer and a final offer. If the offer follows the accountants workup and multiplier on your claim then the attorney will recommend you that you take the offer.

If the offer is lower than the claim submitted the attorney and claims department will talk directly with the GCCF telling them where they are wrong on their numbers. This normally results in a second offer from the GCCF that are much closer to the number the claims department was asking for.

If the GCCF offer is not close a lawsuit will be file on your case and BP will be put on alert that we are going to trial. As an attorney its great to know that your opponent do not want to go to trial, this means that they can push hard for trial and a settlement offer will eventually come their way.

This is again the reason why we use attorney’s and not consultants because they have the power of filing suit if the GCCF is not playing fair, from what we have seen that is probably a good thing.

Again this pushes them to make another settlement offer before trial. Only 2% historically goes to trial, I would suspect in the oil spill this number would be less than 0.5% as BP do not want to go to trial and get hammered by bad publicity and get a possible verdict that will cause other claims to be valuated higher.


This plan will work best for you if you got everything into the GCCF this year, as February 2012 is when trials start and you want to be fully worked up and ready when this rolls around. Another reason for getting in with a great attorney this year would be the fact that the GCCF will run out of money with 20 billion dollars. It might sounds strange when 1/2 the claims only amounts to 6 billion dollars but it goes to what I said before with paying the smallest claims first.

I hope you like this plan and will join our team. You will see that even though the attorney’s have over 7,000 BP claims personal attention to each claim are very important to them and our plan outlined above will ensure that your BP claims gets worked though the system as fast as possible.