Earlier this month, eighteen claim assistance centers opened at various suites and streets in Louisiana to offer help to those who have questions about the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The claim assistance centers also want to reach out to individuals who may be eligible for financial compensation from the BP settlement fund but are not aware of their eligibility and compensation rights.
Monday, June 11, 2012, continued the work of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, as a new Deepwater Horizon Claims Center (DHCC) opened to replace the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), led by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. Under Feinberg’s leadership, many victims of the 2010 oil spill saw their compensation applications rejected by Feinberg in order to minimize the victim costs for British Petroleum, the leading company blamed for the oil spill. BP is accused of negligence regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil rig as well as inexperience regarding the diagnostics tests that confirmed the oil rig was in danger of explosion. The explosion killed eleven people and injured quite a few others on April 20, 2010. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility was responsible for claims for government assistance from Gulf Coast residents and businesses. Homeowners, landowners, real estate agents, businesses, as well as shrimp, oyster, seafood, and other commercial fishermen were financially dislocated due to the tragedy.
The DHCC, though opening under a different name than the GCCF, resides at the same location as the GCCF once did in Houma: 814 Grand Caillou Road. Other DHCC centers include one in Cut Off at Tarpon Heights Shopping Center and another at 3811 Highway 1 in Grand Isle.
The new claimant assistance provisions made in the Gulf Coast states are positives for the victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Although it has been two years later, studies suggest that many victims are still coming forward to file compensation claims for monies from the BP settlement fund. BP claims classes have even been offered to Gulf Coast residents and cleanup crew members who may be suffering as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals in the cleanup effort.
With the new claimant assistance centers opening, you have a chance now more than ever before to come forward and get the compensation that victims have been promised in the settlement litigation. If you or someone you know has been a victim of the 2010 oil spill and wants to know whether he or she can file for compensation, you can call or report in person to one of the 19 claimant assistance centers established in Louisiana, as well as the assistance centers in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Visit the centers and talk with representatives about enrolling in BP claims classes or how to get legal advice to file your claim.