Almost two years to the day after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, attorneys for the BP Oil Company reached a preliminary agreement with a group of attorneys representing plaintiffs from the Gulf of Mexico who were damaged by the aftermath of the spill. The agreement, called the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Agreement, established a new course of action for those whose businesses, properties and incomes suffered. No longer will those who are seeking compensation for lost incomes face the frustration of working with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the administrator that was originally established for compensating victims. The new process will operate in an entirely different way, working with individual claims forms that have been designed to represent each possible type of damage suffered, and using established parameters and guidelines that make the amount to be collected predictable and clear cut.
The GCCF is now Closed
Under the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, claims were denied for reasons that were unknown, payments were slow and the compensation amounts varied greatly – even among claims that seemed to be identical. The new system defines exactly who is and who is not eligible to file a claim under each of the several possible claims statuses, explains exactly what documentation is required and enables claimants to submit the claims through their attorneys, via first class mail, in person or online, and provides the exact formula that will be used for calculating the payout that is available for each individual claim. Unlike the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the administration of the claims centers (which are located throughout the five states that were impacted by the spill) are operating under the auspices and direction of the court rather than BP, and have been instructed to be claimant friendly.
We will Help File Your Deepwater Horizon Claims
Although the new claims process has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible for those who have suffered oil spill damages, there are a large number of different forms that need to be filled out and a variety of documents that need to be gathered in support of each claim, and the process can be overwhelming. If you are uncertain as to which forms are appropriate for your specific situation, or if you need expert legal advice on whether to submit a form or opt out of the settlement and file a claim against BP Oil on your own, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re available 24/7 at 1-888-888-5924 or fill out the form on the right, and one of our experienced team members will contact you.