BP claims process difficult for many

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Filing an economic loss claim against BP can be daunting.

It’s a task Panama City Beach resident Karen Newberry and thousands of other Gulf Coast residents affected by the 2010 oil spill have learned firsthand.

Newberry, who closed her two auto detailing businesses following the spill, filed a claim against BP about a year ago and said she has been wrestling with the process ever since.

“I put my heart and all my energy into making this successful,” Newberry said of her businesses. “I ended up losing both businesses… the economy couldn’t take the BP spill, it just couldn’t.”

At the time of the spill in April 2010, Newberry owned and operated two locations of “Coastal Auto Detailing” in Panama City , a wholesale store and retail store.

The wholesale location closed three months following the spill, and the retail shop, which opened the same month of the spill, closed in April 2011.

Newberry submitted economic loss claims for each business under the court supervised settlement program, which began in June 2012. She was denied compensation for her retail claim and offered $180,000 for her wholesale claim, a number that was appealed by BP with an initial proposal of $0.

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