Finally a good story about real people with their BP claims in the GCCF process, from a reader that submitted her small business claim to one of our attorney’s. She was offered a $25,000 Quick Pay by the GCCF in April 2011 like so many other have been.
This small business owner was smarter than so many others. She did not take the GCCF Quick Pay. She submitted her claim with us on April 6 2011 and was put in contact with a great oil spill attorney. He took her case telling her that since she had already received an offer of $25,000 he would only charge his fee on anything above the $25,000.Very nice and fair way of doing business I got to give it up for our attorney friend.
GCCF Claims Done Right
The attorney took 30 days to get all the documentation and supporting documents together, and submitted a new claim for the small business owner. This week he got back an offer for $190,000 for the same claim that GCCF had already said was only worth $25,000 without the help of the attorney. Most people can see from this real life example why staying the course and using an attorney makes a lot of sense in this game the GCCF is playing. If you get an offer from the GCCF and you feel like they are not correct in their numbers contact an attorney and see what he can do for you.
GCCF Denied Claim
The same is really the case if the GCCF denies your claim, or keep asking you for more paperwork. I have talked to people that submitted claims back in January 2011 and GCCF are still asking each 90 days for more paperwork. Its like they will let the 90 days go by before they ask for more paper work. Just stringing you along and letting the time go by. So if you have been denied by the GCCF or are still trying to provided them with more and more paperwork, talk to an attorney. Its a free case revue so you really have nothing to loose. Also if you do hire the attorney to do up you claim for you, the attorney is not paid until you get paid. So when you get you settlement offer from the GCCF and accept is, that is when you have to pay your attorney.
GCCF interim Payment
In the review of the small business person I mention in this post its important to note that she was offered both an GCCF interim payment and a GCCF final review payment as her offers when it came in this week. Very few people are getting offered GCCF interim payments as GCCF want to finalize with victims now so the BP claim does not get higher over time. So when a GCCF claim is done right by an attorney the GCCF in 60 days have made this small business owner a fair offer that she will now accept. Another thing that is good to note is that the business owner had her losses at around 160k when she first talked to the attorney. The attorney found another 30k in losses and by doing so paid his fee out of losses the business owner had not even realized where there. So all in all a great story about how people that know what they are doing can get great results when dealing with the GCCF.