So, back in February of this year, I started to receive e-mails from people about a certain investigative company called Guidepost Solutions.
The long and short of it is claimants were assured back then their Quick Pay Claims were a no-questions asked plan. Claimants, if they had received an EAP from the GCCF could file the paperwork, sign away their rights to sue BP, and then individuals would receive $5,000 and businesses would get $25,000 dollars…done, over, complete. Funny thing started happening though, some claimants were getting contacted by a company called Guidepost Solutions and were getting asked all kinds of questions about the legitimacy of their EAP.
Obviously, these investigations stalled out the Quick Payments for many, which were supposed to be completed within 14 days.
Also, these investigations appeared to be a reneging of sorts on the promises the GCCF had made to claimants, again, this time that there would be no questions asked…
But this was back in February, over six months ago…right right?
The troubling thing is comments keep filtering in, and those posts written about Guidepost? People keep reading them, keep finding their way to this site via Google searches, which means people keep searching for information relating to Guidepost and the GCCF, every day.
And this is troubling.
It suggests that Guidepost is still out there investigating claimants, possibly on those “no-questions-asked” payment claims. It also suggests that the GCCF’s misrepresentation continues… And for an agency that’s supposed to be helping, not hurting, it is one more potential sign they still don’t have the interests of the injured across the Gulf Coast as their primary concern, and that’s no good for anybody. Making people wait, weakening their resolve through delay tactics and financial desperation just makes the problems worse for this entire region where for many, the consequences of the oil spill continues to be felt.
Or as Byron Encalade, President of the Louisiana Oysterman Asociation, said in a recent article about the continued problems with the shrimp season, “I don’t know where this concept of ‘Everything is alright and they are doing what they are supposed to do’ came from,” he said. “These people are suffering down here, and I don’t think they have the slightest idea of how these communities are surviving. But they’re doing it on the back of Catholic Charities, nonprofits and each other.”
There’s still a long way to go…claimants don’t need anymore Guidepost GCCF stall tactics, things are still bad, and they’ve been waiting long enough.
Have a nice day.