Update: GCCF Claims Stats

GCCF Claims: How Many People Have Been Paid?

We’ve done stat updates in the past to see how many GCCF Claims were paid out, and what the amount of those GCCF Claims were. It’s been over a year since the oil spill now, so we want to take another look at how far they’ve come to┬áre-compensating┬áthe people whose livelihoods BP destroyed. This info comes from the GCCF’s own website.

Let’s start with how many people have been paid GCCF Claims period. The GCCF is currently processing 302,757 claims. They have paid out 144,744, which is less than half of all claims. That seems pretty pathetic after an entire year of people suffering has passed, so let’s look at some more details about what’s going on with GCCF Claims. The GCCF has told 7,944 people that they had no losses (this may or may not be true). 547 people withdrew their claims, 28,213 were told they need to send in more information (a famous GCCF Claims delaying tactic), and the GCCF has outright denied 82,093 claims (even though they had losses). 21,968 claims are still waiting to be reviewed. So all-in-all 140,765 people still have not been paid or made an offer for their GCCF Claims. That is A LOT of hurting people.

How Much Do the People Who Did Get GCCF Claims Money Get Paid?

If you thought the number of people not getting paid was bad, this is really going to piss you off. Of the 144,744 people who did get their GCCF Claims money, 116,035 got the low-ball quick pays. That means over 80% of the people who got money got a crappy offer that probably was not anywhere near how much they actually lost. Quick pays are $5,000 for individual claims and $25,000 for business claims, but if you have been out of work or business has been slow for a whole year, you better believe you’re in the hole a lot more than that. The GCCF is trying to make people desperate by asking for more info and denying claims so that they will take their super low quick pays.

So What Can You Do About Your GCCF Claims?

Unless you’re one of the lucky few people who get an actual final offer for their GCCF Claim instead of a quick pay, there is not a whole lot the GCCF is going to do for you. Your other option is to get some representations and force the GCCF and BP to pay you what you deserve. Only 42,477 people have decided to take the fight to BP in court so far, which means the GCCF is winning. They are tricking gulf coast residents into taking their crappy quick pays every day, because people are desperate and the GCCF has lied to them to make them think that whatever they say is what you will get for your GCCF Claim. It’s just not true.

If you would like to get some help with your GCCF Claims, or even just talk about your claim with an expert, feel free to fill out our free case review box and we’ll connect you with someone who can help you.

Hurricane Oil Damage: If A Hurricane Hits Florida Panhandle

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.

Hurricane oil damage would be massive

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.