Scott, Bondi persuade BP claims czar to improve Florida casesby Dara Kam | March 3rd, 2011
BP claims czar Ken Feinberg has agreed to improve Florida’s claims processing at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, Scott announced today.
The changes come after tens of thousands of Panhandle Floridians’ claims have languished for months while trying to seek compensation for the April 20th Deepwater Horizon blow-out.
Bondi and Scott met with Feinberg separately while the lawyer, whose firm earns $850,000 a month to manage the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, was in the Capitol to appear before a House committee.
Read the promised improvements after the jump.
Among the items Feinberg agreed to:
- Processing at least 25 percent of all pending claims by March 31, 2011.
- Expanding staffing in Florida to provide more localized treatment of claimants, specifically in Panama City, Pensacola, Santa Rosa, Gulf Breeze and Ft. Walton Beach.
- In each Florida claims office, providing the names of local, independent accounting firms that are available to review and assist claimants in preparing claims documentation. The fees for these accountants will be submitted with the claimant’s GCCF submission as an expense, reimbursable by the GCCF.
- In each Florida claims office, providing a named contact person who is part of Florida claims’ team to allow claimants to obtain additional information on the status of their claim.
- Coordinating the claims process through one person in Florida and one person in Washington in an effort to assure responsiveness and efficiency.
- Having GCCF accountants on site or available by appointment to answer questions for claimants about their claim determination calculations.
- Summarizing, by general category, the reasons for claims being denied to assist with educating claimants and possibly preventing future denials.