If I submit a claim, can I submit a claim later for more damages or should I wait until the end to file?
Individuals and businesses that have suffered economic losses should file a claim now. They should not wait, given the uncertainty about how long the spill will continue to spew oil into the Gulf. It’s important to have a lawyer review your claim and make sure that you or your business is not giving up any rights to submit future claims by accepting a payment from BP. No person making a claim or receiving a payment for benefits should be required to sign a release waiving any rights to make additional claims or to participate in a lawsuit involving the Deepwater Horizon accident.
The unprecedented effects of the BP spill will continue to damage property, business and the environment in many ways for years to come. In some communities, BP has been warned to stop circulating agreements that would require people to give up their right to sue in exchange for payments of $5,000. None of us knows how long the oil spill will continue or what future damages will be. It’s important to have the option to file again if you incur further damages.
Many people find that their economic loss claims are taken more seriously if they are represented by an experienced oil spill attorney. The Oil Spill Task Force, sponsored by Arnold & Itkin LLP, coordinates the financial, legal and investigative resources needed to represent the claims of businesses and individuals whose livelihoods and property are threatened by the BP oil spill. If you would like to discuss a claim, then please call 888-498-8212. We focus on representing your financial interests in claims against BP.