By Vicki Needham - 06/21/10 03:08 PM EDT
During the past couple of weeks, at the behest of federal and state officials, BP has made changes to its claims process such as re-examining the amount provided based on seasonal income fluctuations.
"The average time from filing a claim to checks being issued is 4 days for individuals and seven days for more complex business claims that have provided supporting documentation," BP said in a release.
BP agreed last week to create a $20 billion account that would be used to pay those claims among other costs after meeting with Obama administration officials. The oversight of that account will switch over to a third party, Ken Feinberg, who oversaw payments to families of Sept. 11 victims, the Virginia Tech massacre and executive compensation for firms that received federal bailout money.
The company said "it is too early to quantify other potential costs and liabilities associated with the incident."
BP also established a $100 million fund for those out of work because of a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling.