Ken Feinberg to discuss oil spill claims today in Moss Point, along coast


Gulf Coast Claims Facility Administrator Kenneth Feinberg will be on the Gulf Coast today to discuss oil spill claims in five town hall meetings, opening with one in Moss Point, his staff has announced.

The Jackson County meeting will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Orange Grove Community Center.

Feinberg will be in Bay St. Louis at American Legion Post 139 on Blue Meadow Road from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The other three meetings are in Louisiana.

Feinberg will be explaining claims options, including the quick-pay that debuted in December.

A quick payment of $5,000 for individuals or $25,000 for a business is available to anyone approved for an emergency claim under the process. No further proof is required for the quick-pay settlement, but anyone taking the payment must sign a waiver releasing the claims operation and any company involved in the spill from future damages.

Feinberg continues to offer two additional claims options, both requiring financial documentation of damages. One, a lump-sum final settlement, also requires signing a waiver saying they will not receive future compensation. Those who don’t want to sign such a waiver can apply for quarterly interim payments.

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