Once a BP claim has been filed, a representative from a claims facility will provide a response to (1) verify the information in the claims reports, (2) ask for the submission of documents to support the claims, and (3) either deny or grant a claim. Claims make take some time for approval especially if it involves a huge amount of money. While a claim is being processed reviewed, BP provides interim payments to eligible claimants. Once the claim is paid out, BP then subtracts the amount paid to the claimants while waiting for their claim to be settled. What are the eligible claims that BP agrees to pay?
• Loss of income to individuals and workers in the fishing industry
• Loss of profit to business owners operating in affected areas. This includes relevant industries like the seafood industry, tourism, and real estate.
• Damage to properties and vessels
• Bodily injuries and illnesses caused by the oil spill and clean-up activities in the area. If you believe you are eligible for compensation, follow these steps for faster processing of your claims:
1. Get a claim number by calling a BP hotline. Provide required information and detailed report of your claims.
2. If you have multiple claims, provide all information to the BP personnel over the phone.
3. If you’re reporting your claim online, fill out the form with required information and details.
4. Once you’ve submitted your report, you will get your claim number in a few days through email or via phone, depending on how you filed your claims.
5. Get a BP settlement lawyer to represent you in court. Make sure to get a lawyer who works on a contingency-fee basis so you don’t have to worry about the expenses.
6. Prepare all the documents that are required to be submitted when asked by a claims personnel. You need to submit these documents through your lawyer.
7. A claims adjuster may ask for additional supporting documents. This won’t be a problem if you have a lawyer working for you since he’ll be the one to prepare those documents.
8. Your lawyer will follow up on the case and the amount of claim.
9. Once a claim is approved (or denied), a BP personnel will contact the claiming to provide the results. If the claim is denied, an explanation will be provided to the claimant.
10. When your claim is ready for pickup, usually in the form of a check, you will be required to pay your lawyer for the services he/she has rendered for your case.
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