BP claims process difficult for many

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

The current class action settlement agreement is open to businesses and individuals seeking to file claims for economic loss, property damage or personal injury resulting from the spill. The claimant’s home or businesses must fall within a specified geographic area to qualify.

As of July 31, BP reported more than $10 billion paid out in individual and business claims.

 “Kind of what we’re finding is while the process is moving slowly, it is moving,” he said. “The claims administration is working on claims a little quicker than they were before.”

However, Scott said although claims are moving, it’s still not as quickly as most would like.

“People do have to understand, if I filed a claim today, I wouldn’t expect to hear anything for 90 to 100 days, which is about three or four mont hs,” he said. “It’s a huge process. There are thousands and thousands of claims involved.”

Scott said Carr , Riggs and Ingram alone has pushed more than 4,000 claims through their Panama City office and even more through the Destin office. The firm has also hired about 20 staff members that do nothing but handle BP claims, he added.

 “We’re trying to help people recover money according to the rules that BP has given,” Scott said. “We have a set of rules. Whether you agree or disagree with the rules, they are what they are.”

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