How To Prepare For Your Claim
At Rosen & Ohr, P.A., we can help you with all aspects of your claim and any potential litigation that may ensue from the result of an untimely delay or insufficient claim payment. Some things you can do to help us prepare your claim are:
1. Keep detailed records, sales receipts and any other documentation to support your claim.
Some business like fishermen may not keep records in the ordinary course of business; however, where possible keep and safeguard all business records and sales receipts from the prior five years. The more proof we have of what your profits were before the oil spill, the greater the likelihood that you will have a successful recovery.
2. Make detailed records of cancelled reservations.
For business, such as hotels and restaurants, keep track of all reservations that have cancelled since April 21st, 2010, the date of the oil spill. It’s important to question the person cancelling the reservation and note that information along with the person’s name, contact information and lost revenue that resulted from the cancellation.
3. Make a detailed list of assets – including non-structural – and include appropriate records to support the list.
Damage does not just come in the form of lost profit and illness. If you own coastal property, the oil spill will greatly affect the value of the property. We can help you prepare a depreciation claim as well.
4. Keep track of any changes in your health.
Oil spills and the chemicals used to clean them up often lead to food, water and air contamination, which can lead to severe physical illness. Keep a log if you start to experience any changes in your health detailing the date the symptoms began, the symptoms you feel and any exposure to oil or the harmful cleaning solvents that you might have had. Of course, see a doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your health.
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