Gulf Oil Spill: Tracking the Claims – River of paperwork, trickle of checks
Monday, August 23, 2010
(Editor’s note: Since April, the Press-Register has written stories about dozens of oil spill victims, describing their struggles. Now, the newspaper is following the experiences of many of those victims as they pursue damage claims from BP. The following pieces were reported and written by news staff members Guy Busby, Renee Busby, Brendan Kirby Robert McClendon, Rhoda Pickett and Rena Havner Philips.)
Lori Bosarge, 49, Coden, owner of LaBelle Embroidery.
The Press-Register reported on July 12 that Bosarge hand painted signs for her yard, protesting use of dispersants and asking for prayers about the oil crisis. She said the spill affected both her embroidery business and her husband’s work for a Bayou La Batre company that makes parts for shrimp boats. Her husband, Dennis Bosarge, also makes oyster knives but wasn’t selling any during the spill.
History: Lori Bosarge started her home-based business in 1989, embroidering corporate logos for local and national firms. The name comes from the road that runs in front of her home, which was called LaBelle Avenue before it became Ala. 188.
Outlook for the business: Bosarge said her business has been off by 20 percent since the spill, and she doesn’t know if it will pick back up. Her husband, who worked in the city program that employed locals in spill recovery efforts, is back at his job and drawing a paycheck, but Bosarge said she doesn’t know what the future holds there, either.
Claims process: Lori Bosarge said that she filed with BP two months ago, providing monthly business statements from 2007 through 2010 and was told she needed more documentation. She went back two weeks ago, she said, and was told her claim would be processed in 10 days. She received a check Tuesday. “I’m very happy,” she said. Her husband’s claims, filed while he wasn’t working at his regular job, were processed quickly without any problems, she said.
Randy Boggs, 45, Elberta, professional fisherman