Ken Feinberg and The Gulf Coast Claims Facility are trying to shed some light as to why thousands of emergency claims were denied without reason over the past few months. An unexpected number of emergency claims were filed leading up to the November 23rd deadline for victims of the BP oil spill. An influx of last minute claims bogged down the GCCF and as a result thousands were denied daily, many without explanation.
The GCCF is now attempting to provide claimants a reason for denial. Claimants who were denied an emergency payment, can now log back into the GCCF website to view a detailed explanation. This is an ongoing process so many will not yet have this information available.
Feinberg recently completed a town hall tour of the damaged coast lines of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, speaking to the locals about the claims process. Claimants who were lucky enough to receive an emergency payout, have several options for final and interim payments. Of the 168,000 claimants, almost 60,000 have opted for the Quick Pay option which offers $5k for individuals and $25k for businesses. Those who choose this option waive their rights to sue BP. Feinberg stated that the process is working and that he is doing the best he can under difficult circumstances.