Gulf Coast Claims Under Scrutiny

Government Officials Investigating Gulf Coast Claims Process

It’s an open secret that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is not doing a good job getting money out to people who need and deserve it, and that’s why it can be frustrating when it seems like nobody is doing anything about it. Well it looks like some state governments are finally taking action to clean up the Gulf Coast Claims process. This is all preliminary stuff, so I wouldn’t start celebrating yet, but it looks like there are least people with influence out there who care about Gulf Coast Claims. From big issues to small ones, we’re starting to see some action.

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States Taking Action on Gulf Coast Claims

The Gulf Breeze Claims Office in Florida is closing for no reason (except to get people to give up on getting their Gulf Coast Claims), but it’s actually getting some notice from people like Florida State Representative Doug Broxson who said he is “disturbed” by its recent closure.

Louisiana has also filed against BP and Transocean because they are trying to limit their liability for gulf coast claims for the 5 million barrels of oil they dumped into the gulf. BP and Transocean are trying to get out of paying for the damage they caused by saying that their explosion of oil was a “permitted discharge” under a ridiculous interpretation of an old law, and Louisiana is calling them on it.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood thinks that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is tricking and forcing people into taking low quick pay final payments, and is going to Washington to look at their shady paperwork.

What Does This Mean For People Trying to Get Gulf Coast Claims?

The good news is that there are people in the state governments who see what BP is trying to do with the gulf coast claims process, and they are trying to do something about it. The bad news is that BP is very powerful, and has had virtually no pressure from the federal government to get its act together. The states may have some luck getting BP to actually pay what it deserves, but for right now it looks like the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is still up to its same old tricks: Delaying, demanding more documents, and denying.

If you want some free help getting the most from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, you can fill out the free case review box on the right side of the page and somebody will contact you to help you out. In the meantime, as always, we recommend that you avoid taking any quick pay payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and signing away your rights. Even though the GCCF is stingy with them, try to get interim payments so you don’t have to sign away your rights to get compensated.

Right now BP has said that the effects of the oil spill will be gone by the end of 2011. I’m sorry, but that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, and we all know it’s a lie. If you want to be compensated for your losses past 2011, or even completely for 2010-2011, be very careful about taking final payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

GCCF: Why Are They Stalling?

Not Getting Paid By The GCCF ?

There have been more and more reports coming in lately about the GCCF using stall tactics to avoid paying out legitimate claims to needy gulf coast residents. Despite having sent in everything that could possibly be needed to process a claim, the GCCF continues to request more information, claims to have lost information sent, or even moves its own GCCF offices without notice.

GCCF throws up roadblocks to delay you

Reasons Why GCCF Stalls The Money

There are two reasons for the GCCF to do this, and I think both of the reasons make it very clear that the delays are intentional. The longer the GCCF makes claimants wait, the more desperate they get as mortgage payments and other necessities come due. This makes people more likely to accept low GCCF offers when they are offered later, even if the offer from the GCCF is nowhere near as high as it should be. The second reason the GCCF is intentionally delaying payments is that they simply do not have enough money to pay all the claims. BP decided that they would pay  $1.25 billion every quarter, which is not nearly enough for the hundreds of thousands of claims they owe. Apparently no one thought it would be a good idea to tell BP that they should be paying enough to actually cover the damage they caused. Because of this, the GCCF is doing everything it can to avoid paying claims, hoping that it will eventually get enough people to accept the low quick pay payments that they can afford.

Alternative to GCCF

This is all bad news for people trying to get money from the GCCF, but there is something you can do about it. Just like when an insurance company makes a low offer for a claim, but decides that suddenly you deserve more when you tell them you have an attorney, they are more likely to give you what you deserve if you get some legal help. I would recommend filling out the free case review box on the right side of the page so that an attorney can take a look at it and help you get the most money from the GCCF.