BP CLAIMS – Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Settlements
If you, your business, or property you own is located in the Gulf Coast area, you may be entitled to compensation under the new Deepwater Horizon Settlement Agreement. Countless businesses in Louisiana, including those located in the Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana areas, will be eligible to receive compensation.
On March 2, 2012, BP agreed to a class action settlement of certain BP Oil Spill related claims with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, which represented the interests of affected individuals and businesses throughout the Gulf Region, which includes claimants located in southwest Louisiana and surrounding areas throughout the state.
Although BP is willing to compensate each and every legitimate claim filed, it is the claimant’s responsibility to take necessary action to ensure all potential claims are evaluated adequately and most importantly, that your claim is timely and properly filed. By consulting the experienced oil spill attorneys here at Robichaux, who have the knowledge and experience to handle each and every type of BP claim, you will have the peace of mind knowing that we will work diligently and do everything within our power to maximize any potential recovery under the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Agreement.
In determining whether you are eligible to receive compensation, an analysis of a multitude of factors and variables, as provided for in the preliminary court approved settlement agreement that spans over one thousand pages in length, must be conducted.
Our experienced oil spill attorneys have analyzed each and every type of claim. Our oil spill attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to determine whether claimants are eligible to receive compensation under the various claims provided for in the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, which are as follows:
- Business Economic loss: Individuals and businesses that have suffered financial losses after the spill.
- Seafood industry claims: The Seafood Compensation Program is a broad program designed to compensate individuals and businesses that are involved in the whole cycle of the seafood industry, from the fishermen, the wholesalers, retailers. distributors and down to the seafood restaurants. The seafood compensation program not only compensates for past loss but also includes a multiplier of your damages, or Risk Transfer Premium (RTP), to further compensate you for the risk of future losses.
- Wetlands Real property damage
- Coastal Real Property Damage
- VoO payments: Fishermen and boat owners who participated in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program.
- Real Property Sales Loss : Property owners and long-term lessees who suffered due to the spill.
- Individual Periodic Vendor or Festival Vendor Economic Loss
- Subsistence Loss
- Vessel Physical Damage
Also, if you worked in the oil spill cleanup or resided close to the oil spill clean-up areas, you may be entitled to compensation under the medical class action settlement. Under the court approved settlement:
“A Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement has been reached related to the Deepwater Horizon incident. This Settlement offers benefits to qualifying people who resided in the United States as of April 16, 2012, who were either “Clean-Up Workers” or who were residents in certain defined beachfront areas and wetlands (“Zones”) during certain time periods in 2010.
The Medical Class includes all people who resided in the United States as of April 16, 2012 and who:
- Were “Clean-Up Workers” between April 20, 2010 and April 16, 2012; or
- Resided in “Zone A” (specified beachfront areas) for some time on each of at least sixty days between April 20, 2010 and September 30, 2010 (“Zone A Resident”), and have had a “Specified Physical Condition” prior to September 30, 2010; or
- Resided in “Zone B” (specified wetlands) for some time on each of at least sixty days between April 20, 2010, and December 31, 2010 (“Zone B Resident”).
Each individual claim is highly personalized, and our oil spill attorneys are here to advise you on what the best course of action will be for each individual claim. Further, our experienced personnel will be able to determine whether the amount offered is fair and in accordance with the guidelines and procedures set out in the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Agreement. We are constantly monitoring all the relevant information and each and every case will receive the same time and personal attention as every other case we are handling.
If your particular claim does not fall into one of the above listed categories or your business is one of industries excluded from the settlement, you still may have a claim under a separate BP Claims filing process. Our oil spill attorneys also have the knowledge and experience to handle these types of claims as well. You also have the option to exclude yourself from the settlement process and continue with your current lawsuit or file a separate type outside of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Agreement. Please take note that the deadline to opt out of the class is October 1, 2012. Our experienced oil spill attorneys will review your specific claim to assist you in making that decision. If it is in your best interest to file suit against BP directly or opt out of the Class, we are ready to fight BP and maximize your money.
Also, there is no monetary ceiling placed on BP’s liability under the settlement. BP has represented that is willing to pay all legitimate claims along with all reasonable cost and expenses found due under the terms of the settlement. Second, claimants will not need to re-start the claims process. If you have already filed a claim with the GCCF, it will automatically carry-over to the new claims process. You may, however, need to provide additional information about your existing claim.
Why Choose the Robichaux, Mize, Wadsack, Richardson & Watson, L.L.C.?
For over forty years, our Lake Charles based attorneys have served the people of Louisiana. We have represented countless businesses and individuals and have the experience to handle any and all types of claims under the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Agreement or take any other action necessary to ensure our clients receive what is justly due. Our firm is committed to each and every client and we will vigorously work on your behalf to maximize any potential recovery from BP.
This is a rare opportunity for all Louisiana residents and each and every individual and business owner should seek legal advice to determine whether compensation is due. Don’t take any chances by not taking appropriate action. Our experienced oil spill attorneys here at
Robichaux, Mize, Wadsack, Richardson & Watson, L.L.C. are readily able to handle any and all legitimate claim on your behalf.
If it is determined that your particular claim does not qualify for compensation or no amount of recovery is made, any and all services rendered on your behalf will be free of charge to the client. Based on the unique circumstances of this process, we are willing to work on a contingency fee basis that is both fair and equitable to each client based on their particular type of claim. More importantly, we are willing to work for you on a much lower contingency than the standard 40% to 30% contingency fee and in the event no recovery is made, you will not be charged any amount whatsoever.
Call us today at 337-433-0234 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the state of your BP oil spill claim.