The process of compensating victims of the BP oil spill is about to be turned over to the Oil Spill Czar, Ken Feinberg. He has extensive experience, but comes off as arrogant and threatening – particularly for scared gulf residents who have had their lives torn apart. It is of great concern that he seems unlikely to show much (if any) sympathy for the psychological and mental health damages that people have experienced and will continue to experience for many years to come. He has stated that such claims would not be considered legitimate. He is also likely to be quite stingy when it comes to paying any claims for lost tourism and other indirect costs of the BP oil spill. All in all it does not appear that this claims process will be able to make the people of the gulf region whole again – as they have been promised. Potential claimants clearly need to get legal advice before accepting what Feinberg has to offer.
Click below to learn about the flawed process.