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How to File a Claim

BP Claims Process
On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig located at the BP operated Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon rig was located 52 miles off the coast of Louisiana and was close to completing a well 13,000 feet beneath the ocean floor. The tragic explosion took the lives of 11 individuals and caused the worst oil spill and ecological disaster in United States history.

According to reports, the sinking oil rig severed the well head and several safety measures put in place to cap the well in emergencies situations failed. Oil flowed unabated into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days releasing a conservative estimate of 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. After this disaster, BP agreed to two class action lawsuits with the people of the Gulf Coast. The BP attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm can help walk you through the claims filing process.

Deepwater Horizon Economic Class Action Settlement
The Deepwater Horizon Economic Class Action settlement is intended to compensate the people of the Gulf Coast for economic damage caused in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast oil spill.

The settlement provides for payments of a variety of different types of claims including business economic loss, individual economic loss, certain coastal property damage claims, and Vessel of Opportunity claims. The settlement also compensated the commercial fishing industry; however, the deadline to file these claims has passed in January of 2013.

In order to file a claim, the Amaro Law Firm will request copies of financial or other pertinent documents to your claim. Our BP teams are comprised of lawyers and accountants who will package and work your claim pursuant to the class action settlement agreement. Once we have the appropriate documents, our teams will be able to give you an estimate of the value of your particular claim when applied to the settlement agreement calculations.

After the claim is submitted, our attorneys will work with the claims administrator on your behalf to ensure that all the information required for compensation is submitted. We also provide counsel once any offer is made; and if necessary, file a request for re-review or appeal on your behalf.

Deepwater Horizon Medical Class Action Lawsuit
While attempting to respond to the massive oil spill, BP recruited thousands of people to help with the cleanup effort. BP then dumped 1.84 million gallons (also a conservative estimate) of a controversial and toxic oil dispersant known as Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil dispersants work by causing oil molecules to clump and separate from water molecules so that the oil can be skimmed from the surface of the water. BP has agreed to a class action settlement with certain individuals for personal injury caused by chemical exposure during the oil spill cleanup effort.

The Amaro Law Firm will review medical documentation of any cleanup worker, work the case in order to prove the symptoms and maximize our client’s compensation. Once the initial claim is filed, we will work with the claims administrator any way we can to expedite the process.

Back-End Litigation
The Deepwater Horizon Medical Class Action Settlement also provides for “back-end” litigation. This allows the effected individual to file a lawsuit for any later manifested physical condition after April 2012, which can be tied to toxic exposure during the oil spill cleanup. This is an extremely beneficial portion of the settlement, as the full effects of dispersants and hydrocarbons on humans over long periods of time are unknown.

In order to do this the Amaro Law Firm will file a Notice of Intent to Sue on behalf of our clients. We will then represent our clients in the required mediation or settlement negotiation with BP, before actually filing a lawsuit.

If an agreement cannot be reached at mediation, the Amaro Law Firm has a team of experienced trial lawyers prepared to take your case to trial.