Consultant: Washington County is Deepwater Horizon ‘affected area’

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM.

“The way they determine if you have a claim is to look at your profits from 2007 to 2011,” Bell said. “If they can show that you had a downturn in profit, then they do this calculation and it tells you how much you will get paid.”

NWF Consulting will file claims for local businesses, and the consultants receive a 15 percent fee on whatever amount is collected. Bell said that on average it costs NWF Consulting $7,500 to file a claim, but that cost is covered by the consulting firm and they only get paid if they collect a claim payment.

Washington County falls into zones C and D as far as claims go, with the A zone being directly on the coast. However, in the case of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, the entire states are considered affected areas so towns such as McComb, Miss., which are not costal at all, have received claims.

“People are filing claims, and getting paid,” Bell said. “What we’ve seen, is if we look at four claims, one will get paid. This is pulling a lot of money back into our economy, and that is having a positive impact.”

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