Delays on BP Oil Spill Claims Processing

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, also known as the BP oil spill and the largest environmental disaster to occur in the petroleum industry to date, affected thousands of individuals and businesses. The 4.9 billion barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the loss of livelihood for those living along the coasts of Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama as well as various long-term adverse health and environmental effects.

These thousands of affected individuals have a right to economic damage compensation for this accident which has since been found to be due to the negligence of BP, Halliburton Energy Services, TransOcean Inc., and Cameron International Corporation. As part of its agreement with the federal government, BP had established a $20 billion settlement fund which is to be used to expedite the BP oil spill claims processing of those affected.

Recently, however, there has been a hold put on the 600 claims being handled by New Orleans law firm Andry Lerner LLC by US District Judge Carl Barbier because of allegations of conflict of interest on the part of claims facility senior lawyers Lionel Sutton III and his wife Christine Reitano. Both have since resigned following the start of investigations into the alleged improper processing of claims favoring those been handled by the Andry Lerner firm in exchange for referral fees. BP oil spill claims processing is undertaken by most law firms on a contingent fee basis. This means that claimants will have to wait longer to get the compensation they deserve in order to pick up the threads of their lives.

This is tough news to hear for those still struggling to recover, especially since there has so far been no evidence to suggest that these allegations have any foundation in fact. This further attempt by BP to delay paying compensation to those they affected is an illustration of how big business will find ways and means to avoid their civil liabilities. Victims of negligence will not win if they do not have aggressive representation. If your livelihood has been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, have your BP oil spill claims processing done by a law firm with a good track record in handling oil spill economic damage claims.

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