David Hammer / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- After running the BP Medical Settlement for six months, the court-appointed claims administrator reported Friday that he's approved just 148 out of the 10,600 claims he's received.
Meanwhile, administrator Matt Garretson says he's denied 1,373 claimants, ruled 670 claims defective and asked for more information on another 8,069.
The numbers make even more significant a recent controversial decision by U.S.
District Judge Carl Barbier that cuts thousands of claimants out of the category that is eligible for payments now.
Garretson’s second quarterly progress report to Barbier notes that “
claimants are having significant difficulty completing the Proof of Claim Form on their first attempt.”
Garretson said common defects include failure to submit medical records, failure to make a proper declaration to the claims center or inadequate proof that the claimant was a cleanup worker or resided in the specified zones along the coast that qualify under the settlement.