Posted By Will.jones on 18 Oct 2011 10:27 AM
I worked the BP Oil spill for Worley for 8 months and had a positive experience. I heard from and adjuster still deployed in LA that Worley may be adding adjusters back to the cat to handle all the lawsuit claims. Anyone else hear this?
Will, I would imagine that ANY "adjusters" that Worley will bring in if required will no longer come from the ranks of those with no experience. I would think those positions will be filled by experienced adjusters and/or those who have prior experience with the BP claims process(like you)
I am not saying that Worley is a saint for employing mass hordes of adjusters with zero experience doing any claims whatsoever and surelt had not a clue as to business interruption type actions. I say actions because for the vast majority of "claimants" there was no insurance of any kind to be had in a largely unregulated but lucrative industry such as Fishing/shrimping.
I remember that many "experienced" adjusters were actually turned down for applying to handle the BP/Deepwater Horizon accident and subsequent release of unrefined sweet crude oil. I believe that they were turned down because what work that was needed was almost exclusively administrative and NOT typical claims per se'. The common phrase was "we need to keep our experienced contingent of claims adjusters on hand for hurricane season."
Whatever the reason was for, I was ecstatic that so many of my members who were rookie adjusters were getting called up and were told that this could be an indefinite deployment for the foreseeable future. Worley was CRYSTAL CLEAR that this position entailed 12 hour days and 7 days a week. The position called for $450.00 per day with a $350.00 day rate and up to $100.00 per day towards lodging give or take with a few bucks higher or lower.
Whilst the money wasn't great, it was very good for the job description and as for me anyway, I cannot remember a time as an IA deployed on a storm where my lodging expenses covered.
A $350.00 day rate with almost NO expenses is a great dollar amount when considering what they were actually doing. To add the $100.00 whether as per diem or for expenses sweetens the deal even more. In that what they were doing was not even remotely close to being what a deployed adjuster on a typical storm, I am keenly aware that doing ANYTHING for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week makes one want to smack the dog around when they get home
So for these guys to feel as rookie adjusters that they are entitled to something close to $800.00 per day for something NOT even close to a typical adjuster workload, well I find their position without merit. I mean, come on I have worked clean up for a lessor day rate and many experienced adjusters have as well.
I have read the complaint and I don't get it. I mean from square one, these folks were completely aware about the 12hour/7day schedule in addition to the $350.00 day rate/$100.00 per diem. The lead plaintiff is someone who was hired on 23July 2010 and fired on 25 September 2010. He lasted like 8 weeks and complained about the hours almost from the get go. This person will NEVER make it in this industry if he is complaining about the days and hours required to work the BP oil spill. How do you think he will feel about a CAT deployment when 12 hour days are expected and now add in the XM8 reports and climbing roofs all day?
At the end of the day,
I want to ask anyone participating in this class action lawsuit just one question:
What compels you to think as a rookie adjuster(for the most part) that you are entitled to $800.00+ per day doing something far less taxing than an average CAT deployment ?
"A good leader leads.....
..... but a great leader is followed !!"