More claims call for more BP adjusters

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana says BP PLC is not hiring enough claims adjusters to keep up with a flood of claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

It also says the number of checks spiked less than a week after Louisiana pressed BP to speed up claims, and the average dollar amount peaked when BP gave the state data for large loss claims.

A news release says a consultant found that the number of claims rose 170 percent, from 30,000 to more than 85,000, during June, while the number of adjusters rose 87 percent - from 510 to 951.

The company also found that the number of mailed checks hit 2,500 on June 21, within a week after the state pressure, but was below 500 five days later.

BP said it has paid thousands of claims totaling $144 million and created 35 field offices with 1,300 workers in less than three months.

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