Things Far From Normal 18 Months after Gulf-Oil Spill – BP Claims Still Unpaid

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility or the GCCF was put in place to help the business and personal income BP Claims with fast money to help them recover from the largest oil spill in US history. Now 18 month later they clearly did not help 100,000 of business and over 300,000 individuals that had legitimate claims. Even the 200,000 people that got a quick claim paid by the GCCF the verdict is still out if they got help or just took what ever they could get because the oil spill was ruining their livelihood.

For all you out there that that have not gotten help, are still in limbo with the GCCF or have just been flat out denied by the GCCF, read this post all the way to the end and a nice bonus will be there for you to see.

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Proof That GCCF Has Not Made It Right

A group of Louisiana fishermen and Houma Indians are traveling around the country telling their Gulf-oil spill claim horror stories 18 months after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

This was not supposed to happen, according to the hype surrounding the establishment of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), which was masterminded by the White House and BP to pay out $20 billion in oil-spill claims — promptly and effectively.

But according to the Claims Journal, the so-called streamlined BP claims process touted by GCCF’s third-party administrator Ken Feinberg, is simply not working. Instead, it’s bogged down in bureaucratic quicksand and its reputation of being an advocate for small claimants has been ruined by lightning-fast claim rejections – based on little common sense.

“There are still problems with the claims process even all this time later,” Rebecca Templeton, head of a social service nonprofit helping Louisiana fisherman, told the Journal. “And the shrimping season is a disappointment, and fishermen are fearful of it getting worse.”

It appears to me their fears are firmly rooted.

Long Term Effect GCCF Is Ignoring For BP Claims

Louisiana State University researchers found that many of the native fish in the Gulf were having reproductive and development problems as a direct result of the contaminants that flooded the bayous on account of the BP Gulp oil spill.

 Environment Still Not Cleaned Up, GCCF Not Paying BP Claims?

Although BP promised it would clean up the damage of its gargantuan oil spill, Louisiana Houma Indians recently testified in front of Congress telling them that this was not the case.

“We are losing our land and the people too,” Sharon Gauthe, a co-founder of the nonprofit advocacy group Shared Community Organizing told the Journal.

As more and more small businesses realize their financial losses could stretch into five years or more, the GCCF is vehemently rejecting their future claims on the erroneous basis that they can’t be proved and there’s no effective way to measure the losses.

 GCCF Is Ignoring Long-Term Effects

Simultaneously, nonprofit environmental groups are releasing scientific studies that contradict GCCF’s rationale for not accepting or paying such claims.

For example, according to a new study released by the Waterkeeper Alliance, the negative effects of the Gulf oil spill are just beginning.

“The oil is not gone, and long-term impacts are still unknown,” the report said. “If past oil spills are used as a barometer we can fully expect the Gulf Coast to suffer continued environmental degradation for decades.”

The report concludes this is so because 75 percent of the oil spilled by BP is still lingering on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, creating an unprecedented and unknown new environmental hazard.

While it has always been the policy of this blog to be objective and give the GCCF the benefit of the doubt and a fair chance to make good on its claim — these damning facts cannot be ignored!

 For a moment, let me get personal about your BP Claims

I don’t have a BP claim against the GCCF, but if I or a relative did, I would seek the advice of an attorney, who had experience in this arena – and I’d advise my relative to do the same! Don’t let the GCCF play games with your future. It makes all the sense in the world to protect your interests by seeking legal counsel help from somebody with leverage. When you fill out a free case review on these pages you will hear from an attorney with Brent Coon and Associates. Read a little about Brent Coon & Associates  ( Click Here ) and see if you think they can protect your interest for you with the GCCF. If your answer is yes, then fill out the free case review and get started today towards real recovery from the BP Oil Spill.

GCCF Claims: Do You Need An Attorney?

Do you need an attorney for your GCCF Claims ? I think this is a question that is on many peoples minds while they are waiting, and waiting for GCCF to give them an answer on their GCCF claims, So below I will try and give everybody a view of what the right attorney brings to the table. First a little background, as people that follow this blog know there were not many posts this week, as I have spent the week with attorney’s to find out  what an attorney brings to the table with peoples GCCF claims.

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GCCF Claims And Attorney’s

The biggest weapon an experienced attorney has, is the ability to file suit against BP. If you look at what GCCF has put up in their methodology for GCCF final claims payments, you should already have a pretty good idea of what they are offering. For a lot of people the 1 year of payments for what BP has done to people lives, is not going to restore them, in fact it is an insult. Families have been split up and jobs that have been lost, 1year of compensation and not knowing what lies a head, is just not enough. So if you select to go with an attorney at this stage you may get  3-5 years of compensation instead of 1. Below is a list of things that an attorney will provide.

GCCF Claims: 3 Reasons You Do Need An Attorney

1) Forensic accounting: This means they will have their experts look at your lost income, and figure your actual loss spread over years.  This calculation will be very different from what GCCF is telling you that their so called “paid for” expects want you to believe. The Forensic accounting will make your GCCF claims much larger than what you think it is.

2) Leverage: Today you have no leverage with the GCCF, they have told you how they will look at the numbers you give them and what you will be paid on your GCCF claims.  They have used their “experts” to calculate what your loses are, and they will pay you accordingly on your GCCF Claims. The GCCF is owned by BP, and BP is paying them to give our as little as possible in GCCF Claims money. An experienced attorney will be able to show the real loses that you have had, and the real future loses you will incur making your GCCF claims much larger. An attorney has leverage with GCCF because they can use their resources to collect the right documents from you, and to present your case in the best possible light. The attorneys we work with have experience with BP. They know how to beat BP in court, and know what it takes to settle with BP. The Attorney has the upper hand when handling your GCCF Claims with BP and GCCF.

3)No fear: When you have already beaten BP in court and are sitting on over 7 million internal BP documents, you have no fear when you are dealing with them. BP employs certain strategies that Attorney`s are  aware of. We have interviewed and dealt with many different attorney’s before we selected the people to handle GCCF claims coming in from this site. We want to help as many people as possible with their GCCF claims. That is why we have selected a team that has the capacity to call people that fill out the forms in less than 1 hour. A quick story from this weeks visit, was an attorney getting up during dinner and calling a person that had just 10 minutes before filled out a form to get their GCCF claims handled by an attorney. It was very impressive to see the compassion they had for people in need.

As you already know the BP does not care about your GCCF claim, they want to settle the claims as fast as possible for as little as possible.  We feel the attorneys we have chosen to work are the best in the country, they will maximize your claim.

Will GCCF Claims Go To Trial ?

If your GCCF claims are under $300,000, its very unlikely that your case will ever go to trial, as GCCF will settle long before that. Remember point 2, Leverage. The attorney literally sits down with 500 similar GCCF claims and settles them all with GCCF in an afternoon. Now you might ask, is this good or bad for your GCCF claim? If your Attorney has clean cases with documentation and accounting that shows why a client should have a certain amount in GCCF final payment, its hard for GCCF to say NO to that number. When you are sitting with 500 similar cases that are all documented with corresponding  Forensic accounting, showing GCCF the projections for you future loses, it puts the GCCF on notice.  When the GCCF and BP know that you have already beaten them in court, and won settlements against BP of over 2 billion dollars, you really don’t want to go back to court if your are BP or GCCF. So most cases will settle, and money will come to the victims of the biggest oil spill in US history rather quick. If you want an attorney to handle your GCCF claims please fill out the form.