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Gulf Spill Paymaster Says He Has Eliminated Claims Backlog – While Claimants Disagree

Gulf spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg says his operation has eliminated backlog of older claims, but claimants still report problems.

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Oct. 3, 2010, 5:31 a.m.

well day 40 now


Oct. 3, 2010, 6:35 a.m.

well i see there is 70,000 more clai,s in now since i filed my claim on 8/23 70,000 more , when i filed there was 30,000, i hear that many are filing false fake claims , now, and thats clogging up the system and our claims,everyone and their brother or sister is filing false claims now

al t

Oct. 3, 2010, 9:40 a.m.

feinberg finally admited in an interview with a small publication that he is holding 2,000 claims in florida for proximity to the oil spill.  he doesnt know what to do with all the businesses and individuals that are suffering do to the drop of tourism from the perception of oil on their beaches.  gee feinberg i guess our sales have been down 30-35% every month since may because the stars are not aligned correctly.

ellen greer

Oct. 3, 2010, 1:49 p.m.

I spoke with a REAL claims adjustor in one of the field offices a few days ago.  I have rental property, and he said to do this:  file a 6-months emergency claim.  Guess at your losses.  Then e-mail the GCCF and tell them you are changing your claim from a one-month to a six-month.  If you’ve already received any money at all, then also send in the Supplementary Request Form and there is a place there to declare the amount you have already received.  He told me this is what the GCCF wants us to do - but of course no one told us that!  Then, whenever you want to make the Final Claim - by August 2013 - you can at that time request $ for further losses.  After 11/23/10 they are no longer accepting the one-month or the six-month Emergency Claims.  Who wrote these policies???


Oct. 3, 2010, 4:11 p.m.

Well its Oct 3 2010 No check for me!! I filed at 4:00 pm Aug 23 ??????? What are they doing! Besides LYING!


Oct. 4, 2010, 12:21 a.m.

Well 38 days and still under review


Oct. 4, 2010, 7:15 a.m.

well day 41 now , still under review


Oct. 4, 2010, 3:40 p.m.

i was told today the adjusters only work 5 days a week and during the day only, so our claims will take time


Oct. 5, 2010, 3:34 a.m.

I wonder who trained the representatives
each day that I call I get a different story.
this last one told me my claim was closed..
yesterday under review
to correct the mistake made on claim.
web site is useless
rep are not much better and very rude..GCCF
is just another way for the goverment to get money


Oct. 5, 2010, 9:17 a.m.

i filed on 8/23 and received a smal fraction of my claim.  i work as a team with another person and we make the same amount of money to the penny and suffered the same losses.  she received 3 times as much money as i did and she got it faster.  we both lost thousands this summer as we work directly on the beach as condo cleaners and you can’t get any closer than that.  we were let go from our jobs 2 weeks ago because we were both sick from Corexit poisoning and our company didn’t want to deal with it because of our upcoming Shrimp Festival.  Our beaches ares covered with oil, the rocks, jettys and buoys are covered with oil… oil mixed with Corexit, a highly toxic cancer causing substance.  South Florida has had a down turn in business for 2 years, except for the panhandle, they have had no oil, yet they are second to Louisiana in claims paid.  i can go down to gulf shores beach right now, stick my hand in the sand and come up with degraded oil. Feinberg’s system is a mess and the fallout from this spill has not even begun to hit.  The 9/11 first responders are only getting their money now after 9 years.  Feinberg is a major tool, he is a heartless, cretin.


Oct. 5, 2010, 2:59 p.m.

42 days and still counting, gee should i start to take a pool on here picks days to hear something.


Oct. 5, 2010, 5:28 p.m.

First I filed in June with BP, NOTHING, then GCCF took over and I refiled 8/23! It is still under review, my last call as of yesterday the rep said, she was escalating it and call back in 48 hours and it should be completed. Ok, let’s see, if it changes from under review, my gawd, may as well had took out a loan from Bernie before he went to the slammer!


Oct. 5, 2010, 6:59 p.m.

I spoke to a persone today who handles escalated claims his name is nekito. He told me the final stag of review takes 2 to 4 weeks.not awsome but honest.its good to know somthing.

Ps the gccf sucks


Oct. 5, 2010, 7:03 p.m.

To Rachel

It was not a spoof letter. I asked Senator Lemieux to help me and this was the information he got from whoever is his contact at GCCF. BTW..they are still saying my claim is “under review” when the senator told me it was denied on September 28. I believe the senator. I also believe that my claim was never actually reviewed. If it was they’d know I am and was not a real estate agent and while I do live in Florida, I worked in AL.


Oct. 5, 2010, 7:09 p.m.

Well it takes from 2 to 4 wek to add a couple of numbers, and to let you know how much you get well dosen’t that sucks


Oct. 5, 2010, 8:13 p.m.

My 6 month “emergency payment” request was for $8990, all documented with tax returns, you name it.  They sent me a check for $1600.  Then, 2 weeks later, out of the blue, they sent me $4700.  Total of $6300, which is closer to $8990. but still shorts me $2690.  They said that’s all they are sending me based on my documentation.  That’s bull.  So I guess I will be suing…and get this, they want me to hurry and file a “final payment claim” and include the $2690 they owe me in it.  Yeah right.  First they need to make good on the $2690 then we can think about making a final claim.  These people must think we are really stupid.


Oct. 6, 2010, 4 a.m.

day 43 now


Oct. 6, 2010, 9:59 a.m.

try the fbi itersepted my federal injunction order papers so the court could not file them


Oct. 7, 2010, 5:09 a.m.

day 44 counting


Oct. 8, 2010, 4:17 a.m.

day 45 now


Oct. 8, 2010, 9 a.m.

Escalating it and call back in 48 hours and it should be completed….is bull shit!!! I have been on a escalating status for three weeks now…..I ma giving up they win!! I am just a woman who cleans toliets for a living and when the tourist stop coming to the Florida beaches I lost income….I have lost my apartment, my income until season starts again in Feb. Living in my truck until they repo that. Hope those claim adjusters are sleeping well at night…shame on BP for letting the same consumer down that help build their empire by being a loyal consumer….Thanks for backing me up!!!


Oct. 9, 2010, 6:43 a.m.

day 46


Oct. 9, 2010, 6:14 p.m.

47 days Lied to me in person in Pensacola 8/17 and 2 weeks ago in Orange beach. Go check out the interview he gave the Washington—-It will make you mad. I own property directly on the gulf and I know at least 20 people who filed claims weeks after me that have got paid. A bunch of BS!!!!!!!!


Oct. 10, 2010, 7:56 a.m.

day 47 now


Oct. 10, 2010, 3:17 p.m.

darryl does your claim say under review or what does it say? What do the adjusters say about it?


Oct. 10, 2010, 3:49 p.m.

If your claim still says “under review” and you filed from August 23rd to September 10th and you have not been paid….then your claim was denied and they are prolonging the letters sent out till close to the November 23rd deadline.  They are waiting to do a mass deny till the middle of November.  This way if you file with the NPFC you will have to wait 90 days from the date you were notified.  They are controlling every aspect of this claim process.  My claim was denied on the 7th of October and it still says Under review.  When I call the claim center they still tell me they are working on it.  I have proof they spent only 45 seconds on my claim when making the decision.  45 Seconds!!!


Oct. 10, 2010, 4:45 p.m.

—Rachel how did you find out your claim was denied.. Who told you that info?


Oct. 10, 2010, 6:06 p.m.

  A claims rep from Feinbergs office called me on Thursday.  She said it was deemd ineligable not denied.  I didn’t meet the 6 month emergency payment status but I could file for a final claim.  This is what they are doing….pushing some large loss business claims to the final proces so they can try to keep down how much they pay us.  I filed a business claim.


Oct. 10, 2010, 7:42 p.m.

How do people giet these big checks and are working full time, and not losing income.


Oct. 11, 2010, 6:24 a.m.

hi mike mine says under review, i checked the stats and it says need more information, so i called a super, and they had it down on their computer too that it needed more and under review both, so they fixed it so both are under review, to see yours go to stats on their site and look up your state and click on claimant details , there are many , so on the right type your claim number in the box , open up little window next to it , you will see banocks there click on it , another window wil open to the left check all and start search and when it finds yours ,all the way to the left will say your status , under review or need more info, or paid, , im finding alot are still saying need more info , cause they have to change that or the adjusters will think its not ready when they open it on their end.


Oct. 11, 2010, 6:28 a.m.

day 48


Oct. 11, 2010, 6:34 a.m.

if you look up the stats you will see they are still pying lots of old claims and new ones too at the same time, their computer skipped over thousands of us on reviewing our claims in the begining,  it will take time, they are doing both so they can caught up , they are over 130,000 claims now, when we started it was only less then 30,000, so there is alot, theyare changing the rules again , you dont have to be by the water anymore thanks to crist and the fl attorney generals office, so hang in their people,


Oct. 11, 2010, 7:17 p.m.

Thanks Darryl


Oct. 11, 2010, 7:59 p.m.

    How do you look up the stats?? I want to see this…:) thanks for the info.


Oct. 11, 2010, 9:14 p.m.

48 days????  The US Atty Gen needs to send him another wake up call letter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Their web site says they received my claim on 8/29( not so) it was signed for and by a J Ward at 8:55 am on 8/24 FEDX a bunch of Liars!!!!!  I was already approved by BP in May// this is a joke


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:16 a.m.

day 48 and still counting


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:20 a.m.

linda its right under the check your claim, on the website,look under your state and pick claims paid already , there is a window on the right put your number in it and click the arrow and click on baknocks and another window will open and check all and hit search , it will find your for you if they paid it


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:31 a.m.

cant get thru this morning phones are down, wounder why


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:26 a.m.

there is 150,000 claims now,120,000 more then when i was under review the first day,  real sad this news agency and others dont care about us, this is why we need to remember all of these back stabbers, they say if you get a letter this week you need to send more info and if not your ok so far, they sent out massive letters to all that need the info or just cause of the computer says so, , i feel that its a computer generated mail

Linda Smith

Oct. 12, 2010, 3:23 p.m.

Everybody who works for Feinbeirg are straight a**. When I called I was told it was STILL IN REVIEW when I go on there wed site it is saying CLAIMANT REQUIRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION but is was also said that the web site is updated daily. Now tell me someone is not lying somewhere


Oct. 12, 2010, 3:28 p.m.

Darryl that is a way not to talk to us another mean of delay.


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:11 p.m.

When I called a man on an answering machine said to leave number and claim number. they would get back to me. didn’t call back. I have been by my cell all day.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:26 p.m.

That is just another way for not talking to us, because they know that they are lying and we are telling the truth


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:27 p.m.

Just another delay, to cover up with another lie.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:29 p.m.

Lets all call Feinberg 202-371-1110.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:46 p.m.

Ok under CLAIMANT DETAIL REPORT it sais Date I filed was 9/26/2010, and the date it was input was 9/26/2010. But look at this under the Claim Detail it says Date Claim Receive 8/25/2010 and the Date claim was imput 8/25/2010. Now what is wrong with these dates.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:48 p.m.

linda , if you keep tring you will get thru, there is 150,000 claims and everyone is calling backing up the phones and tieing them up so we can not get thru, i know its real sad , i just found out today the training class from my school the class after my class just got all of our jobs that were to go to us first class, now there are on their way to la to build ships and the 40 of us from the first class are shit out of luck, and then these guys will be back in tampa to work at tampa shipyard, my job given to the class after i spent 6 months working my ass off for this job, thanks bp and feinberg , i have nothing and my job is given to someone else.


Oct. 12, 2010, 10:25 p.m.

You see how lieberg can lie him and Bp, where is our goverment official when you need them.

linda C

Oct. 12, 2010, 10:30 p.m.

yeah…elections are coming they are sweating their jobs right now….paybacks a bitch…right!!


Oct. 12, 2010, 10:31 p.m.

yeah…elections are coming they are sweating their jobs right now….paybacks a b****...right!!

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