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.

BP Claims: What is the process with the GCCF?

How the GCCF Processes Your BP Claims

The way the GCCF processes BP claims is pretty murky. Since the GCCF doesn’t seem to be trying to clarify how BP Claims work, I’m going to do my best to lay out the steps of the process, the timeline you’ll be looking at, and how much money you can expect to get.

Step 1: You file your BP Claims or claim with the GCCF, including all the documentation they ask for about your previous income. You can do this either online, at a claims office, or over the phone.

Step 2: You wait. A long, long time. The GCCF says it tries to process BP claims in 90 days, but most people are waiting upwards of 120 days to receive anything back from the GCCF.

Step 3: They finally send you a letter. Most of the time it will say one of two things: Either a) We paid you too much in emergency claim money so we don’t owe you anything, but you can take a quick pay for $5,000 (or $25,000 for business claims) and sign away your rights or b) We need more documentation to process your claim. If you’re very lucky, they might actually have just processed your claim, but that almost never happens.

Step 4: You can either accept the low-ball quick pay (We recommend that you do not), or you send in the additional documentation if they asked for it, and wait even more for your BP Claims money.

Step 5: After waiting even longer, the GCCF will most likely just send you a measly quick pay offer of $5,000 for personal or $25,000 for business claims. Very few people get real money from a final or interim claim. If you are one of the lucky few who got a good offer, you can go ahead and take it and you’ll be finished.

So What Should You Do About Your BP Claims?

If you are one of the many people who just got a quick pay offer for your BP Claims, you can try to appeal with them, but I wouldn’t bank on that working out. If you think it’s fair compensation, you can take the quick pay. If you are like most people though, it’s not going to be anywhere near the amount BP actually caused you to lose.

If you have gotten to the point where all they are offering you for your BP Claims is quick pay, the only way to get a larger amount is through an attorney. You can either get one to help you with your BP Claims and tell the GCCF that you are represented by an attorney, or you can wait and file a lawsuit.

If I’m Not Getting Anywhere with my BP Claims, how will filing a lawsuit work?

The big trial to figure out which of the many companies involved in the oil spill are liable for what is happening in February 2012. After that trial takes place, you will be able to file lawsuits to get what you rightfully deserve. It is definitely a long time to wait, especially because so many gulf coast residents are hurting right now, but if quick pay is the best they are offering you for your BP Claims, it’s probably the only way to get real money from them.

Lawsuits can be a hassle, ┬ábut once you’ve gone through the GCCF’s complicated process to get your BP Claims money, if you are not satisfied by the pitiful amount they probably offered you, then you may need to consider contacting a lawyer. It’s not about trying to get money you don’t deserve; it’s about BP making up for the damage they caused to you and your family.

If you want us to take a look at your BP Claims and help you out with the process, always feel free to fill out the free case review box on the side of the page and we’ll get back to you soon.