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Jeff Atwater

As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, I am committed to ensuring that every citizen and every business negatively affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are made whole. While the stories have dropped from the headlines, I am well aware that real struggles continue, and I am determined to ensure every legitimate claim gets paid and every community is restored.

Even for those of you who have accepted final payment from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), I know that does not mean your challenges are over. Many Floridians are facing economic challenges today, that's why I launched Your Money Matter$, a financial education initiative that aims to teach Floridians of all ages how to make the most out of their money, and for small businesses how to strengthen and grow their enterprises.

My Department has been involved from the beginning and understands that oil spill victims are not asking for a handout, only what they are due. When that happens, only then can we declare an end to the oil spill.

Press Releases

March 5, 2014 – Florida Joins lawsuit related to Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, at the direction of Gov. Rick Scott, has joined a multi-state federal lawsuit currently pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

March 4, 2014 – BP Fails to get out of compensating oil spill victims Sorry, BP: You’re still going to have to pay damages for the Gulf oil spill. A divided New Orleans appeals court ruled late Monday that the oil giant has to stick to the terms of its $9.2 billion settlement with the spill’s victims.

December 18, 2013 – Ex-BP drilling engineer convicted of obstruction in 2010 oil spill case Kurt Mix was convicted of deleting text messages from his phone to obstruct a federal investigation of the Deepwater Horizon spill.

In the News

Fraud pollutes BP oil-spill compensation fund for Gulf Coast victims from Florida to Louisiana - Miami Herald 8-19-12

Florida counties plan for BP oil spill fines - CBS News 8-17-12


ADVISORY

The deadline to file claims in the Seafood Compensation Program was January 22, 2013. The Claims Administrator has developed a Procedure for Handling Untimely Seafood Claims, a copy of which is available in the “Alerts” section of this website. If you have a Seafood Claim that you have not yet submitted but wish to file now, you may refer to that procedure for instructions. The Claims Administrator will evaluate deadline extension requests for Seafood Claims filed after the Bar Date and issue notifications to claimants informing them of the results of that review.

In order to facilitate a proposed Second Seafood Distribution, the Claims Administrator will stop accepting new Seafood Filing Deadline Extension Requests under that Procedure on October 31, 2014. The Portal will not allow Claimants or their counsel to submit such requests after this date. Any such requests made in paper form must be postmarked or received on or before this date to receive consideration. For complete information, please visit the DWH Alert site at: http://www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com/important.php


Claims Documents

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement website for claims documents and further information on how to submit your claim.


Online

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement website to submit your claim online.


Over the Phone

The toll-free helpline for claims is 1-866-992-6174 (for TTY assistance call 1-888-584-7624).


By Mail

Call the toll-free number to receive a claim form and mail to:

Regular Mail –

Deepwater Horizon Economic Claim Center

P.O. Box 1439

Hammond, LA 70404-1439

Overnight, Certified or Return Receipt –

Deepwater Horizon Economic Claim Center

c/o Claims Administrator

42548 Happy Woods Road

Hammond, LA 70403


In Person

Visit one of the Florida claim office locations.

For more information on oil spill claims, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center's Oil Spill Claims Web site.


Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement website for claims documents and further information on how to submit your claim.

Important Announcements

  • February 2014 Update: On February 11, 2014, the appeal as to appellants M. Sturdivant, P. Sturdivant, Forsyth and Kirby was dismissed. The Effective Date for the Medical Settlement Agreement is February 12, 2014.
  • July 2013 Update: On June 25, 2013, the appeal as to appellants Abreu, Aparecio and Arellano was dismissed and closed. The appeal remains open as to all other appellants. On July 11, 2013, the opening brief for appellants Sturdivant, Kirby and Forsyth was filed.
  • February 2013 Update: Two appeals of the Court’s Orders have been filed. Please see the Alert page for more information.
  • January 11, 2013 Update: On this date, the Court issued an Order and Reasons and Order and Order and Judgment certifying the Medical Benefits Settlement Class and granting final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement.

Over the Phone

The toll-free helpline for claims is 1-877-545-5111 FOR TTY: 1-800-877-8973

By Mail

DEEPWATER HORIZON MEDICAL BENEFITS

CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR

935 Gravier Street, Suite 1400

New Orleans, LA 70112