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.

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.