What the GCCF Doesn’t Want You to Know

The GCCF stories continues with this blog post.

If you live on the Gulf Coast and the BP oil spill negatively affected you, you should file a claim, right? Wrong.

If you’re thinking of filing a claim for oil spill damages with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), you may be sorely disappointed with the results. Let’s walk through the typical claims filing process so you can get a better look at what may be in store for you if you choose to go this route with the GCCF.

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GCCF Process As It Is Now !

You file your claim with the GCCF. You wait a couple of weeks, and then you receive a letter in the mail stating that your claim is deficient and requires you to submit additional documents in order to be processed. You think, “No problem,” and you send off the appropriate information. Then, you wait some more, expecting a check to show up in your mailbox any day. Instead, after a few more weeks go by, you receive another letter of deficiency from the GCCF expressing the need for you to submit even more documentation. All the while, these letters are assuring you that the GCCF is committed to helping you through the claims process quickly and expediently.

The months come and go, and each day you find yourself wandering to your mailbox with baited breath, crossing your fingers that – yes – today your highly anticipated check will finally arrive. Only it never does. You receive yet another letter stating that you have filled out your forms incorrectly and you must resubmit your claim.

You curse the sky, pick up your phone and you call the GCCF – which results in nothing but a back-and-forth exchange with a GCCF representative that produces only frustration. After months of waiting and correcting, arguing and hoping, you are officially ready to wave the white flag. You walk out to your mailbox one last time, and you find a settlement offer from the GCCF for a fraction of what BP owes you. The offer includes a sneaky little document that you must sign agreeing you will not sue BP. You sign away your rights and take the offer, because at this point, you are grateful for any money at all.

GCCF Real Life Story, it happens to everybody

This is exactly what happened to Pamela Parks, a manufacture of fiberglass boats that fish off the Gulf Coast. Parks filed her claim with more than 400 supplemental documents and a CD full of data, and the GCCF still denied her request. Then, when Parks called to find out why, “they said they needed more information. I resubmitted and was denied [within] 3 days of submission. Then, when I called the next time, they said we were filed under the wrong category. Then we received a denial letter again. And we were told to redo the claim online – which I did – and fax in more supporting documents, which we did, within 3 days of re-doing [everything] online.”

All of her sorting and filing was to no avail. Parks followed up again, this time asking the GCCF representative to send her the supporting documents to review so she could understand why the agency denied her claim. The representative told her “no” without any further explanation. Parks pointed out that she thinks the GCCF may be trying to wait out as many claimants as possible to avoid payment before the 2013 deadline.

Dirty Little Secret Work With Attorneys No Up Front Cost

Don’t let this happen to you. The dirty little secret that the GCCF doesn’t want you to know is that you have other options. You can work with attorneys to get your claim paid by the GCCF – without getting the runaround from the GCCF. If you fill out a free case review and speak to our attorneys, you can bypass dealing with the GCCF altogether. Brent Coon & Associates will take your claim work it up and submit it to the GCCF. If they get denied, they will take those Bastards to trial for you as any legitimate oil spill claim will be pay by the GCCF or BP, you can put your trust in that. If you want to talk to the attorneys first and then decide that is perfectly normal, fill out the free case review and get started now.

So Called Consultants versus Attorneys Submitting You GCCF Claims

There are also consultant out there that want to do your BP claim for you, don’t get fooled by their know it all attitude ask them how they will fight BP in courts if it comes to that. If you made the mistake of going with an consultant at first you can still sign up now to use attorney’s from us. We pride our self in having selected the best trial attorney to face BP if you need it. We hope it does not come to that but if you need to use Mr. Brent Coon to get your case settled he will be on your team. Look him up right now Brent Coon & Associates, see what he has done to BP before like the Texas City Explosion, look at his experienced with BP. Then ask what ever consultant that comes up to you and want to do your case for money and ask them what experience they have. They will charge you 20% of your potential compensation to push paperwork to the GCCF for you. If you get denied you still have to go out an find an attorney, and you still have to pay that attorney.

The attorneys will fight your case all the way until you get paid, the consultants will push you paperwork to the GCCF and expect a cut, without any legal power to do anything. All they are is so called consultants. What do you think it takes to become a consultant ? 5 years of college or 3 years of business school ? I don’t know but I feel like anybody can be a consultant and get away with it. Not so with an attorney where experience and law school is a major part of his resume. Choose wisely and go with an attorney from the start, your power with the GCCF will be much bigger and your compensation will be much bigger, as the GCCF and BP don’t want to go to trial with Mr. Brent Coon.

Time Deadline To File With The GCCF

You need to get started as soon as possible, because the BP trial is set to begin in February of 2012. The attorneys need enough time to get your case sorted out before the big day, and you don’t want to miss out on your piece of the $20 billion set aside to pay claimants after the trial. According to a Reuters story, BP’s strategy is to use the money set aside to pay off large claims first in order to keep from dealing with those claimants in the courtroom.

The report notes that, “[t]he fund, which was taken over last month by Obama administration’s former executive pay czar Kenneth Feinberg, could presumably pay the vast majority of the stronger claims, such as those brought by resorts that had oil-smeared beaches. That could leave BP and its defendants facing weaker claims that the fund rejects, such as those brought by businesses miles from areas affected by the spill.”

This means that you need to act now to get your piece of the fund. Don’t get caught up in the GCCF’s game. The organization wants you to settle with them in order to avoid facing you in court and potentially paying you more money. This is precisely what you need to do, however, and if you team up with our attorneys by filling out a free case review, you can get what you rightfully deserve when the trial ends.

GCCF Claims Process Wrapping Up

On November 7, 2011, protestors took to the streets of Washington D.C. to protest the BP Oil Company’s response to the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Organizers marched and rallied to bring attention to the lack of transparency and slow repayment of claims filed to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility by victims of the spill. The protesters also demanded the formation of a Gulf Coast citizen-led oversight committee to hold BP oil accountable for residual damage and claims issues.


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Urgency To Get BP Claims Paid By The GCCF

Art Rocker, the chair of Operation People for Peace, Inc., was one of the rally’s organizers. “On Sunday, we joined a picket around the White house on the [oil spill issue] until President Barack Obama begins to answer the needs of this coalition and encourage the urgency of the claims to be paid in the Gulf Coast Region headed by BP Claims Czar Ken Feinberg…” Rocker said, “We are marching in front of Ken Feinberg’s office, on Monday [11/7/2011] to determine when he is going to provide payment to the underserved and underrepresented in the Gulf Coast Region.”

The protestors have more than a few reasons to be angry. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) has more than $20 billion set aside in their claims fund for victims of the spill, but has only paid out about $6 billion to date. The majority of those payouts occurred in the first few months of the spill during the emergency payment phase.

GCCF Payments Has Slowed To A Crawl

As of August 2011, the GCCF reported that it has approved and paid 38% of the 947,892 BP claims that victims have filed. Since then, payments from the GCCF have slowed to a crawl, so the percentage is steadily creeping lower. Federal watchdogs have enacted stricter requirements for people filing claims as a way to wind down the claims process. This has caused the rate of claim denials to skyrocket upward.

News reports are suggesting that GCCF Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg is gearing up to put the brakes on payments altogether. In a recent Fox News article, Feinberg mentioned that the claims process was wrapping up. GCCF claims offices throughout the Gulf Coast region have been closing and the organization has been consolidating its workforce anticipating the end of claims processing. Feinberg said that the GCCF has processed more than 80% of claims, noting, “I’ve used just over $4 billion dollars…I don’t envision a flood of new claims.”

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility Ready To End The BP Claims Process.

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility expects to end the claims process in 2013. The basis for this estimation is the agency’s assertion that the Gulf Coast’s economy is already bouncing back. The GCCF also attests that the negative environmental effects of the BP oil spill are quickly diminishing as well. Many environmentalists, biologists, Gulf Coast business owners, and fisheries profoundly disagree.

A year after the oil spill, the final payment for an average claim was $16,000. Currently, the average final payment is $20,000. The claims process is ending soon, so victims must take care of denied or unprocessed claims quickly, before the GCCF dissipates altogether.