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Victims say BP not doing its part: Trial sought after delay in payment of medical bills

Houston Chronicle, Nov. 29, 2006 Three survivors of the BP refinery explosion that killed 15 people want a judge to review how the oil giant is meeting its legal obligations to pay their past and future medical bills. And if state District Judge Susan Criss of Galveston finds in a hearing Friday that BP can't prove it has complied with its settlement agreements with Alisa Dean, Tracy Donaie and Enrique Rivera, the trio want their lawsuit against BP to go to trial in January. BP said an "inadvertent administrative delay" slowed down payment of the workers' medical bills between March 23, 2005 — the day of the explosion — and Aug. 1, 2005. During that time, they have received numerous past-due notices from physicians and hospitals demanding payment, including the University of Texas Medical Branch, which sought to collect $1 million owed to it by filing liens against each of the workers, Shackelford said.

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