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BP: Future claims payout based on seasonality of seafood industry

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - BP is tweaking the way it will pay claims. Company officials said they are sending out letters and using outreach teams to spread the word that fishermen and others may have to come up with more documentation. Claimants should receive information from adjusters about changes in the process this week.

Back in May, BP said it required only minimum documentation from deck hands, boat captains, fishermen because the company wanted to get money into individuals' hands as quickly as possible. Now BP officials said they are asking claimants to provide additional documentation to show loss of income.

The company said advance payments for July will be based on actual monthly income and not the estimates that BP used to make payments in May and June. BP will also take into account the seasonality of the fishing-seafood industry in figuring out how much to pay.

Officials said people already in the claims process who provide the additional documentation will receive checks based on their actual loss. Those who do not will receive a July payment of $1,000. However, are eligible for additional money should they later get the proof of income loss.

BP Claims Team Representative Darryl Willis said, "If individuals have not given us supporting documents, we need them," "for many it has been 45 to 60 days, and we would like to ensure that we are paying them for the income they have lost, we are fully committed to paying all legitimate claims."

BP said documentation can include tax returns, trip tickets or pay stubs. Officials said claimants should also expect to provide verification of their income in order to receive payment in August and future months.

Individuals can bring the information to a claim office, mail it to BP Claims, P.O. Box 17160, Wilmington, DE 19850, or fax it to (302) 476-6272.

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