The Deepwater Horizon Claims Center will begin taking BP oil spill claims of economic and business losses as early as next week, as the facility, now run by a Patrick Juneau, a court-appointed administrator, opens 18 new intake centers across the Gulf Coast. The central office of the Claims Center is housed in the Exchange Center in downtown New Orleans, where a medical claims facility will also be located. The medical facility will be administrated by Garretson Resolution Group, and will accept claims from cleanup workers and coastal residents who were injured from exposure to the oil. Medical claims payments will not be made “until the class is certified by the court and upheld on a likely appeal”, NOLA reports.
The new claims and payment system was created under the terms of a settlement reached earlier this year. The settlement was preliminarily approved by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier and has no financial cap. Though BP says the settlement is not an admission of liability, it is estimating that it will payout some $7.8 billion in damages.
The new Deepwater Horizon Claims Center is open to claimants who have not previously sought damages, and those who have been denied by the original Gulf Coast Claims Facility, run by Kenneth Feinberg.