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Carlos Trujillo: Every Floridian Affected by BP Spill Should File a Claim

House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, implored individuals and business owners who believe they may be due some compensation from the Deepwater Horizon disaster to seek a claim.

Many Floridians are unaware that they possess a legal right to money held in an uncapped fund set up through the settlement process that followed the 2010 oil spill, Trujillo stated Friday in a release.

Communities, businesses, and individuals that were affected by the oil spill are entitled to just compensation. I encourage any Floridian that thinks they may have a claim to visit to find out information on how to file a claim. It costs no money to file a claim and it is my hope that every Floridian that thinks they were affected by the oil spill will file a claim.

On Wednesday, Patrick Juneau, the court-appointed claims administrator for the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, told the Florida Cabinet and a couple of committees that many Floridians may be due a piece of the BP spill settlement.

The center has paid out $1.26 billion to people and businesses in five Gulf Coast states as of Jan. 18, of which $245,895 has gone to Florida businesses, from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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