Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the terms of a settlement that will be available for both economic damages and medical injuries are finally being established, and for those who live in the region, it can’t have come soon enough. The process that had initially been established and that was run through the GCCF (Gulf Coast Claims Facility) was both confusing and frustrating to many affected by the oil spill, particularly because medical claims were rejected seemingly out of hand.
Confusion of Geographical Zones
As the details of who will and who will not be eligible for compensation as part of the Economic Settlement begin to emerge, many people are confused by the geographical zones that have been established to break down people who were damaged by the BP spill. People throughout the region feel strongly that they were affected by the gulf oil spill in one way or another, so the determination of damages based upon where people live is causing a great deal of anger, particularly among those who do not live directly on the coast but who still suffered losses.
Compensation Based on Geographic Areas
As things stand now, Gulf residents and businesses who will be able to submit a BP oil claim under the terms of the settlement must not only be able to provide documentation showing that they were damaged by the oil spill, whether economically or physically, but the amount of compensation that they receive will also be determined based upon whether they are located in geographic areas that have been classified as Zones A, B, C and D.
Economic Loss Zones
Thorough maps have been distributed to show exactly what the Economic Loss Zones are for all of the areas that have been affected, including the Florida coastline ranging from the panhandle down to the Keys, Alabama, Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana and Texas.
Your Assigned Zones
There is a presumption that has been established that people who live in the areas defined as Zone A and Zone B were the most impacted by the oil spill in the gulf, and therefore their Gulf Coast claims status will probably be among those that are settled most satisfactorily. If you are not sure which Zone you fall under, or if you have questions about your eligibility under the settlement terms, it is a good idea to seek help from a qualified BP claims attorney. These professionals have great familiarity with the BP claims process and the specific documentation that will be required to file a BP claim.