Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 10:43 am by Williams Hart
Yesterday, attorneys from Williams Hart spoke with business leaders from Lincoln Parish about their options for filing a claim with the BP oil spill settlement. The team stressed both that claims can still be filed against BP and that a business does not necessarily have to be located directly on the coast to be considered eligible for compensation under the settlement.
When speaking with these community business owners, the lawyers also focused on the fact that only a small percentage of eligible people and businesses have filed a BP oil spill claim. In fact, according to Steve Kherkher, a partner with Williams Hart, “So far BP has paid out $1.1 billion in economic losses. They’ve set aside $6 billion and there is no cap on those damages.”
While some business owners and operators have expressed concern that their business will not actually qualify to receive money under the settlement, Kherkher also stated, “A big misconception is that you have to show or prove that somehow the oil spill affected your business. You don’t.”
For business owners and managers, such as Michael Gahagan, the general manager at a Holiday Inn Express in Ruston, this is welcome news, as the oil spill indirectly affected their business by decreasing tourism.
If you’ve been affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill in any way, talk with an attorney from Williams Hart about filing a claim to pursue compensation for your losses and damages. When you call (800) 220-9341, we can help you evaluate your options and decide on the right course of legal action.