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VOO Claims Might Have Medical Claims As Well

Many of the people operating VOO boats as captains or deckhands might have been exposed to the Corexit or Benzen while working the oil spill with out proper respiratory gear. It something you should remember if you where on any of the VOO boats cleaning up the oil. Many people might have multiple claims in the BP settlement and you have to remember to file for all of them with your attorney. The other thing to remember for the people that where in the VOO fleet is for their families that might be sick from exposure.

Deck Hands On VOO boats Possible Exposure

The deck hands on the VOO boats might have the biggest risk of exposure from the work they did, remember in the medical settlement you should report any incident of exposure and have witness give you a statement of account when the exposure took place.

As a new article in the huffington post explains in detail the mistakes that was made when VOO clean up crew was not given respiratory masks to combat the oil, now people are suffering from respiratory illnesses and skin rashes.

Check All Your Possible Claims With Your Lawyer Before Opt. In For BP Settlement

Its very important that you give your attorney all the information to base your claim on before opt. in for the BP settlement, because once you do there is no opt. out.

This is a standard Class Settlement where once Opt. in there is no Opt. out, there will be an appeal if you are not happy with your offer that the court with 1 or 3 judges will have for your case, but you give away your rights to sue BP once you Opt. in for the BP settlement

BP Settlement For VOO Claims

For the BP settlement the Vessel Of Opportunity (VOO) Claims have been included and it looks like the numbers are not all bad for the people that got money owed to them from the VOO program. Don’t forget the damage to your boat or if they did not decontaminate you boat remember to get that in your attorney file. See below for boat decontamination.

Here is the latest payouts in the BP settlement for Working and Non working VOO boats. More than 1 day on the water.

Boat SizeAmount of Compensation
Boat SizeAmount of Compensation
Less than 30 feet$41,600
30 feet-45 feet$49,400
46 feet-65 feet$62,400
Greater than 65 feet$88,400

Working VoO boat in the Seafood settlement don’t have to off set their VoO pay against any other payment they get from the BP settlement.

All other people that was in the VoO program have to offset this VoO payment against their other loss of income, loss of business claims.

Non working VoO boats not any days on the water but sign Master Agreement.

Boat SizeAmount of Compensation
Boat SizeAmount of Compensation
Less than 30 feet$4,800
30 feet-45 feet$5,700
46 feet-65 feet$7,200
Greater than 65 feet$10,200

Non working VoO boat don’t have to offset their VoO pay in any otherĀ  claim they have in the BP Settlement.


VOO Program and claims out there

Lots of people reported VOO claims of non pay according to contract and that their boats did not get decontaminated when BP did not need them anymore. Also BP did not decommission many of the boats that where waiting for their call to action. The VOO contract stated that the boat could not be used for anything else and that the captain should wait for the call to mobilize their boat.

Now that is all good, but most boats did not get pay for the time they where in port and waited for the call or for the time before they where decommissioned.

VOO Program Documents required

Well that should be an easy one all your have to present is your VOO contract and probably your boat license to get in with an attorney and get ready for the BP settlement to get started. If you have other claims than just dock side pay that I will get to below, I would bring it up to my attorney and let them know that you have other things going on in your VOO claim.

VOO Payout From The BP Settlement

So the propose BP settlement for the VOO no dock side pay is 26 days times your daily rate according to your contract. If you had crew on the boat that should be in the contract also. If you where the crew on a VOO boat this BP settlement should include deck hands as well. Normally a captain has already paid his deckhands before the settlement so they did not loss any pay only the captain did.

Now there is also the question of boats that where not decontaminated from being worked in the VOO fleet, I don’t know what will happen with these claims. I would say if you paid yourself to get your boat decontaminated you should be reimburse by the BP settlement. Remember to give your attorney all the information on this when you tell him about your claim.

VOO Boat Not Decontaminated

If your Voo boat was not decontaminated by BP you need to have a quote made up from you local ship yard on what boat decontamination should cost, even better get quotes from 2 ship yards and then submit the cost of decontamination together with your Voo claim. Decontamination of a boat is not cheap and you would want all these cost to be in the attorney file when you submit the final presentation of your Voo claim. Any other damages to you boat needs to be in there also. For your Voo Physical damage report form fill out this from here and send it in to your attorney.

Vessel Physical Damage Claim Form

VOO Captains Get With An Attorney Now

If you had a VOO boat in the fleet you should get in on the BP settlement with an attorney. You need to fill out the form on the right hand side and get sign up with an attorney so you can be part of the settlement when it starts up around May 16 2012. Your attorney needs to get your paperwork in and he needs to create a settlement package for your claim so it can go though the BP settlement process. Sign up now an be ready when the BP settlement for VOO capt. are approved by the courts.