BP Medical Settlement in Dispute

Oct 3, 2014 by

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the economic side of the settlement programs set up by BP Plc for its part in one of the biggest environmental disasters in the oil and petroleum history, but it appears that those whose health was affected is getting the short end of the legal stick as well.

BP is one of the principals behind the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico which exploded more than four years ago, spilling tons upon tons of heavy oil into the once-rich waters and affecting both the livelihood and health of the people in 5 states along the coastline. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the company among others were held liable for the personal, financial, and environmental impact of the accident because it occurred due to negligence, and BP responded initially by offering settlement plans for all those who had a legitimate business or medical claim about 4 months after the incident.

But then BP began to balk at the number of claims made against its economic damages settlement program and used legal tactics to delay payouts. This went on for years with motion after motion, but at least the medical benefits plan proceeded quietly as planned.

However, it turns out that the medical benefits program is also in dispute. Certain claimants are blocked from getting benefits because they got their diagnoses after the cut-off stipulated in the settlement plan. The problem is more than 20,000 claimants did not know that they would need any compensation until months, even a year after they were exposed, and only found out when the health problems they were having tied in with the BP oil spill. They end up being denied and have to go through the claim appeals process or sue as individuals, both of which will take a lot of time.

If you are having difficulty getting the benefits for medical or economic injuries against BP, you will need experienced legal help. Consult with an experienced BP Claim appeals lawyer to help expedite the matter to a successful conclusion.

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