Stuart H. Smith, Esq., Member of Smith Stag, LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana, explains the mechanics of BP’s claims process and the risks inherent in self-prepared claims. Unlike a hurricane scenario, the BP “adjusters” owe a duty to BP, not to you. BP is specifically suggesting that documentation not be reviewed with an attorney. Most people haven’t been informed that the Oil Spill Act of 1990 – which requires the claims process that is currently in place – is only one of many legal options they may have in addressing the real costs of this disaster. Acting early, Mr. Smith engaged nearly a dozen scientists to generate the changing record of air, water and soil conditions, invaluable evidence that will be used against BP in court.