Danziger & De Llano, LLP Still Accepting Claims From BP Oil Spill

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According to a news report released by CNN on May 31, 2011, the discovery of hundreds of dead dolphins along the Gulf coast may be linked to the BP oil spill from one year ago. Marine researchers have stated that the spill may have played a role in indirectly causing the death of dolphins along the coast. Reports have also shown that fishermen in the Gulf Coast region are suffering one of the worst fishing seasons in decades, again due to the spill.

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If the high end estimate provided by the government on June 15 is correct, the amount of oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon site equals the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill every four days.

On May 21, 2011, CNN released a news report defining a statement that more than 150 bottle-nosed dolphins were recently found along the coast of the Gulf, reportedly killed indirectly due to the BP oil spill. Since January, dolphins have been turning up along the coast and officials have announced that their deaths could be the cause of a disruption in the food chain for the dolphins. Marine researchers also stated that the BP oil spill could be preventing the dolphin mothers from being able to produce the blubber needed to insulate them during the colder months.

The United States Justice Department has been involved in investigations into the oil spill and whether or not the spill indirectly affected the dolphin population. According to the report by CNN, "Wildlife biologists were ordered to the investigation in February, 2011, but were instructed not to release any information on their findings. Officials are concerned that the deaths of the dolphins will negatively impact the upcoming tourist season".

More than one full year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is still processing thousands of claims from those affected by the BP oil spill. The GCCF currently has literally thousands of BP oil spill claims still under review and residents of the Gulf Coast tragedy are not happy with the results. The number of oil spill claims is currently running at 500,000. Only 286,490 of those claims have been paid as of the end of April, 2011. Many business owners and residents are being required to send in triple copies of claim forms along with other information to satisfy GCCF claim requirements.

The unfortunate reality is that some businesses and residents simply do not have the time to wait for payment. Many were forced because of financial stress to accept the guaranteed quick pay option that provided them cash quickly. Others are holding out for final reviews in hopes of receiving a larger settlement in the end. Claimants are growing more and more frustrated with the GCCF as they feel that “they use whatever statistics are convenient to avoid payment”, as quoted by one claimant who is still waiting on his review.

The Gulf Coast region is currently preparing for the busy summer season and many business owners and residents are more than eager to finally put the spill behind them and get on with other matters at hand. Jefferson Parish officials have stated that the commercial fishers in the area are suffering the worst shrimp season that they have seen in decades and plans to close the BP oil spill claims facilities in Lafitte and Grand Isle are considered premature. According to an article published by the Times-Picayune, Parish President John Young stated that 25 fishers filed BP oil spill claims earlier this month as a result of their low catch this season.

According to The Louisiana Record, Kenneth Feinberg, attorney overseeing the oil spill claims payment bureau has stated that the lack of claims being turned in currently along with the fact that the spill happened more than a year ago simply does not justify keeping offices open any longer. Residents and business owners in the Gulf region however, disagree. Both the Grand Isle and the Lafitte offices are scheduled to close on June 1, 2011. Feinberg has stated that he will consider compromise options that will allow the offices to remain open one day per week or to have a specified day every few weeks for filing BP oil spill claims but no plans have yet been put into effect.

Gulf residents along with parish authorities feel that the offices should remain open until all claims have been settled. Those in the affected area would like to see both the Lafitte and Grand Isle offices remain open at least five days per week with only a reduction in staff during the summer months. As it is, many fishers will have to wait until later in the season to file claims, after they have determined the amount of loss due to the oil spill and how that loss will affect their businesses. Danziger & De Llano, LLP are continuing to provide assistance to those affected by the BP Oil Spill. Interested parties can contact the law firm for more information on how to file an acceptable claim with the GCCF as well as other information on fighting claim denials and general information on the legalese of the BP Oil disaster. For more information visit http://www.bpclaims.com

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Danziger & De Llano, LLP
440 Louisiana, Suite 1212
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-9990 Tel
1(800)310-2970 Toll Free
(713) 222-8866 Fax

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