How much is my claim worth?
The Court has already appointed a ‘Special Allocation Master’ who determined what portions of the aggregate amount of the 1.3 Billion Dollar Settlement would be distributed to each of the two classes. The good news is that the allocation master allocated the bulk of the funds to waterfront property owners and commercial fishermen whose personal or real property were oiled during the spill. This allocation has already been approved by the court overseeing the Settlements.
In addition to appointing a ‘Special Allocation Master,’ the Court also appointed a claims administrator to develop a Distribution Model to determine how the settlement funds will be distributed to individual class members. The claims administrator appointed by the court is Patrick Juneau. Mr. Juneau is in the process of setting up the Halliburton / Transocean Claims framework and system.
How do I know you will seek the most amount of compensation for me that may be available?
As we are on a flat contingency fee, and thus financially motivated to secure the highest possible recovery for you, we will seek to secure the maximum amount of money that you may be otherwise entitled to under the Halliburton / Transocean Settlements. We will make sure that you are compensated for all available claim(s) that you may have, and also make sure that your claim(s) are calculated correctly.
Which class will I be in?
We will pursue every available means of compensation available to you through the Halliburton / Transocean Settlements, which may include your inclusion in one or both classes or categories of compensation, depending upon your circumstances.
How long will it take?
We hope to see the proposed distribution model, and overall claim process finalized and approved by the court in December, 2016. Claims processing will not begin until after the court approves the Settlements, and after many if not all DHEPDS claims are resolved. As such, claims processing will not begin until 2017 at minimum.
Does it matter that I accepted a $25,000 quick pay payout from Kenneth Feinberg and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF)?
Yes. Those who accepted a $25,000 quick pay payout from Kenneth Feinberg and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) are not eligible for compensation under the Halliburton / Transocean Settlements.
Am I disqualified for compensation if I filed a claim with BP through the Deepwater Horizon (DHEPDS) Settlement and signed a release?
No. You are eligible for compensation under the Halliburton / Transocean Settlements even if you signed a release with BP through the BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS). We are only assisting those who have been previously compensated in the BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS) with their potential Halliburton / Transocean claim(s).
What if I have never filed anything before, does that matter?
Yes. You unfortunately are not eligible for compensation under the Halliburton / Transocean Settlement, or in the alternative, may be eligible, but your compensation amount may be zero. As such, we are not able to assist anyone who was not compensated under the BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS)
What if I ‘Opted Out’ of the DHEPDS?
We are not assisting those who opted out of the DHEPDS. Those who opted out should seek immediate counsel with another firm as there are tight claims deadlines and mandatory compliance with certain court policies, including PTO 60, in order to possibly be compensated in the Halliburton / Transocean Settlements.
What if I never rented or had vacation rentals at my waterfront property?
It does not matter whether you had vacation rentals at your waterfront property or not for the purposes of the Halliburton / Transocean Settlements. The main thing is whether or not you were ever compensated for any one or more classes of compensation through BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS).
How does the process work?
After we receive your fee agreement and attorney acknowledgment form, we reconfirm your property’s potential eligibility for compensation, and review the claimant’s potential eligibility. We keep you updated and monitored periodically on the progress of the claims process both formally and informally. We also keep updated on your latest contact information.
When the claim is calculated, we make sure that the claim is not only calculated correctly, but also, that you are receiving the maximum amount of compensation that may be available to you under the Settlements. We then recommend to you whether to accept, reject, or appeal the compensation amount. Upon your approval, we then send to you the claimant, your net proceeds along with a full accounting. This process may likely vary as we proceed through the claims process.
What if I purchased an otherwise eligible waterfront property after December 31, 2010?
We unfortunately are not able to assist anyone who purchased otherwise eligible oiled waterfront property after December 31, 2010, as their claim amount has been assigned no value by the claims administrator. Due to the change in how those claims are valued, we are no longer accepting claimants who owned oiled or previously oiled waterfront property who purchased the waterfront property after December 31, 2010.
What if I sold my waterfront property after December 31, 2010?
Compensation is not available for property owners who sold their oiled waterfront property after December 31, 2010. Purchasers who bought oiled waterfront property on or after January 1, 2011, are not otherwise eligible for compensation, as their claim value has been assigned to zero by the claims administrator. We are only able to assist those claimants who received compensation through the BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS) with their potential Halliburton / Transocean claims.
Do you provide updates on the claims process?
Yes, we will provide email updates to claimants periodically on the status of their claim, and the claims process, and mailings for those without email access.
We also encourage our claimants to follow important updates regarding all oil spill developments through our law office Facebook page (simply click ‘Like’ on the page to receive periodic updates) www.Facebook.com/DorganLaw
How do you communicate with your clients?
We generally use email as our preferred means of communication, due to the speed and efficiency by which we can process claims using that type of communication.
We are able to use old fashioned ‘snail mail’ as well, but claims processing, and updates on status, both slow considerably if we use mail, so providing us your email address is the most efficient way for general claims administration and client communication.
How do I know that I can trust you?
James Dorgan has been practicing law in Fairhope Alabama for 20 years. He was a Gulf Coast resident long before the spill and will be here long after the spill (unlike many ‘popup’ claims adjusters that have come to town to handle oil spill claims). James is admitted to two state bars, including the Alabama State Bar Association and The Florida Bar. James attended Mississippi College School of Law, graduating in 1995. James has also taught law classes at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama for over ten years. In addition to the general practice of law, James has become extremely proficient and experienced in class action claims processing. He and his trained staff have assisted some 1,500 Gulf Coast residents with their BP claims. As with all our clients, we keep all client information completely confidential, and vigorously protect the security of their personal and vital information.
How much do you charge?
We charge a flat 15% fee, due only if we collect. We do not charge for any costs in addition to the flat fee. We will never ask you for any money. We do not require any up front money to assist you with your claims. In extremely rare circumstances, a significant cost may be required for a given claim, and if that happens, we will secure the client’s preapproval before incurring such expense (which would then be reimbursed from the settlement). A full accounting is also provided as standard procedure incidental to any settlement distribution.
What if I was previously represented by an attorney or law firm?
Due to the recent determination on how claims will be processed, we are encouraging claimants who were previously represented by an attorney or law firm in the BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS), to remain with their prior counsel in the next settlement as well.
However, some claimants have not heard from their prior counsel in years, or cannot recall who their prior attorney or law firm was, and or nevertheless wish to switch to our firm for assistance for any number of other reasons.
If you absolutely do not wish to remain with your previous attorney or law firm, we can assist you. The prior attorney or law firm will then be notified in the change of representation status and we will then take over the claims processing.
What do I do from here if I received your Halliburton / Transocean postcard flyer in the mail?
If you did receive our Halliburton / Transocean postcard or letter (which means that you most likely own at least one or more qualified waterfront properties), please confirm whether you received compensation through the BP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS) or not. If you did receive compensation, then we can assist you with your potential Halliburton / Transocean claims. If you did not receive compensation through DHEPDS, then we unfortunately will not be able to assist you with your potential Halliburton / Transocean claim(s).
Assuming that you did receive compensation throughBP Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS), simply email LawOfficeJamesDorgan@gmail.com with your name, telephone number, and indication that you received our Halliburton / Transocean postcard or letter, and we then email you our simple one page 15% fee agreement, and two page attorney acknowledgement form, and one page questionnaire. We then keep you posted on the progress of the Settlements until your claim is ultimately approved by you and paid.
Instead of emailing us, you may also immediately download the one page questionnaire, fee agreement, and attorney acknowledgment form on our website,www.JamesDorgan.com , and then simply provide us the completed forms.
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