TheÂ Gulf Coast Oil spill that occurred on April 20th 2010, is considered to be one of the most horrific ecological catastrophes of this type in U.S history and the devastating consequences of this disaster are still being observed. The oil spill is reported to have affected more than 120 miles of coastline including areas in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana. Furthermore, a number wildlife species both in Delta National Wildlife RefugeÂ and Breton National Wildlife Refuge have become endangered as a result of the BP oil spill.
The Gulf Coast oil spill resulted in thousands ofÂ BP spill claims being filed by people whose businesses were damaged or lost as a result of the spill. Hotel owners, fishermen, shrimpers and other people who relied on theÂ Gulf Coast waters experienced substantial financial losses and therefore filed for recovery of damages. In order to deal with the number of claims, BP created a $20 billion fund to cover all the damages sustained by people who are eligible to receive compensation. Currently, theÂ Gulf Claims Facility has processed almost half a million claims and has paid around $3.4 billion to 169,261 businesses and individuals.
BP Oil Spill Claims
Jeff Stilwell, the owner of Barnacle Billâ€™s, a seafood restaurant in Tallahassee, is among the affected business owners. His profits have decreased substantially and in less than three months he went bankrupt. Stilwell reported that his restaurantâ€™s collapse was directly associated with the BP oil spill, because people were afraid to eat seafood in case it was contaminated.
Stilwell said that BP was responsible for his bankruptcy and decided to file a BP oil spill claim. He filled out aÂ Gulf Coast Claims Facility claim form and submitted all the supporting documentation, which confirmed that his restaurant business collapsed as a result of the BP oil spill. On completion of the procedure, Stilwell received a personal GCCF Claimant Identification Number. Unfortunately, he has not yet received any compensation.
Stilwell is not the only property owner, who faces this difficult situation. Many other businessmen and individuals who have sustainedÂ loss of rental income, report that their claims have also been denied for no apparent reason. If yourÂ BP rental claims and other related claims have been rejected, then our attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP can help you resubmit them successfully.
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If you or someone you know wants to file a BP oil spill claim then please fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) for a free consultation with one of our Gulf Coast attorneys today.