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How Long Do I Have To File A BP Oil Spill Claim?

Categories:Law in Florida

On April 20th, 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, causing a massive three month oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.  Although the media and other parts of the country are no longer talking about the effects of the spill, residents along the coast feel economic and health effects of the spill every day.  ANY business or working individual of the Florida gulf coastal counties (Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco…etc.) could file a BP Claim.

Claim Types: Economic & Medical Benefits

The parties responsible for the damages from the spill have entered into an agreement with the courts to allow class action claims for property damage as well as personal injury damages.  Two separate classes have been certified by the court: The Economic and Property Settlement Class and the Medical Benefits Settlement Class.  The Economic and Property Settlement Class is for residents who suffered damage to their business or to their personal property, such as homes or tourist attractions.  The Medical Benefits Settlement Class is for residents or visitors who suffered health problems as a result of the spill, including hazards to those who assisted in the cleanup efforts.

If you are considering filing a claim, you should speak with an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, because there are time limits for filing for compensation.  The deadline for seafood compensation claims was on January 22, 2013.  If a claimant has already filed a seafood compensation claim, they then have 180 days to file any other type of economic or property damage claim.

For all other economic and property damage claims, the deadline is April 22, 2014 or six months after the court’s agreement is finalized, whichever is later.  If a claim is not filed by the deadline, it will likely not be allowed and the plaintiff will be barred from seeking compensation for their economic damages.  For bodily injury claims, the deadline has not yet been determined.

The complicated paperwork of becoming a class member for a class action lawsuit as well as the complicated language for the deadlines to file a claim can be difficult to complete without the help of a Florida personal injury attorney.  The lawyers at our firm can help you with your Florida oil spill claim and make sure that your claim is filed in a timely manner.

We urge you to contact us today at 888-We-Mean-It (888-936-3264) to start the process of filing you BP Claim.

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