The greatest oil spill at Gulf of Mexico has left many people devastated. It is referred as the worst oil spill in the world history killing 11 people and injuring more than 20 people. However, thousands and thousands of people as well as industries are hit directly or indirectly by this disaster.
The Federal Government has named BP responsible for the damage and liable for all aftermath consequences. BP has admitted that it was their internal mistake which led to the explosion. The company agreed to compensate for all the losses incurred and setup a separate fund of $20 billion.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg is appointed as the administrator for this escrow fund. BP announced that it will compensate for all legitimate claims. Now the question here is ‘what is a legitimate oil claim?’ BP officials are not answering this question directly.
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Affected people are supposed to provide evidence of their losses to BP while applying for oil claim. However, there are losses which are not quantifiable. How can these people provide evidence and get compensation? This situation reminds us about the five emotional stages of humans before death, written by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in 1969.
Those emotional stages are seen now with oil spill affected people. The first and foremost stage is Denial. People were deprived of their livelihood due to the oil spill. Many industries are closed or suspended.
Particularly, Shrimping industry, tourism industry and other industries related to fishing are badly hit by this disaster. People working in these industries lost their jobs. When they apply for oil claim, they are denied of the compensation as they are not in a position to provide required evidence.
The second stage of human emotions is Anger. When people lost their lives and business opportunities, they got angry. They started a fight against the company. When the compensation got delayed, it resulted into frustration. The third stage is called Bargaining. There are people who are badly affected with this disaster.
However, they cannot wait for a long time to receive compensation. Small business owners and property owners mostly fall into this category. They require quick compensation and settle for fewer amounts. This is a good time for the company to make quick settlements.
The Fourth and crucial stage in human emotions is Depression. Depression affects your thoughts, moods, actions and over all health. Depression can also develop into suicidal tendency. When people are denied of their right, they get depressed. The last stage in human emotions is Acceptance.
When people are tired of fighting, they accept defeat. They put everything on fate and accept what ever comes their way. People affected with this tragedy and did not receive compensation will do the same thing as times goes by.
However, nothing is out of control. It is your right to claim for the losses incurred to your business and livelihood. Claim your compensation to start a new living. If you are not confident enough, you can approach a competent oil claim lawyer who can make sure that your interests are protected through out the claim process.