On June 3, 2019, The Settlement Facility Will Close To All Claims. How Will This Affect Me?

The Settlement Facility – Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT), known as the Settlement Facility, is the official claims office set up to process and issue payments for any claims in the Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation. The office will close permanently after all claims filed by the deadline are reviewed, decided upon, and final payments are issued to those who filed their claims on time. This will include any allowed Premium Payment as well. Anyone who intends to file a claim must submit the claim on or before the date of June 3, 2019.

Which Kinds Of Particular Claims Does The Deadline Apply To?

The stated June 3, 2019 deadline will apply to all Proof of Manufacture and Disease claims. Anyone seeking to file a claim should read and comprehend all information regarding the Final Claims Submission deadline.

Filing of New Claims

As of June 3, 2019, the Settlement Facility will close to all new claims. Therefore if you have not already submitted your claim for ‘Proof of Manufacture’, ‘Expedited Release,’ ‘Disease,’ or for an ‘Increased Severity Disease,’ and you desire to submit a claim of this type then you are required to submit your claim on or before the date of June 3, 2019.

What About An Additional Submission On A Previously Filed Claim?

If you filed a claim previously with the Settlement Facility and then received a letter stating that you are required to correct something regarding that claim before you can be issued a payment, you are required to submit any necessary documents that correct those issues on or before the date of June 3, 2019, unless the Settlement Facility has written you a letter informing you about a different deadline. Common examples of problems that might require attention or correction include the following:

  • Proof of Manufacturer Form and documents
  • Missing signatures on the Claim Form
  • Failure to send in a photo ID (applicable to foreign claimants in Classes 6.1 & 6.2)
  • Missing probate documents in cases where a claimant is deceased.
  • Address Correct/Update Form

MISSING DOCUMENTS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE DELIVERED TO THE SETTLEMENT FACILITY ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF JUNE 3, 2019 OR THE CLAIM WILL BE DENIED.

Deadline To Cure Disease Claim Deficiencies May Be Different

There could be some instances in which the Settlement Facility sends you a letter that issues a deadline different from the standard June 3, 2019 deadline. In most cases this occurs when someone has submitted a Disease claim and the Settlement Facility issues a deadline to allow them to cure a deficiency in the Disease claim. If you have any questions or are unclear in any way about your given deadline, contact the Settlement Facility right away. The Settlement Facility does not allow any claims that are delivered past the deadlines given. It is 100% your responsibility to know and understand your deadline.

What Steps Can I Take To Ensure I Submit All Of My Cure Materials On Time And Meet My Deadlines?

The first step toward meeting your required deadlines is to read and comprehend everything in the letter you received from the Settlement Facility. You need to fully understand any deficiencies in your claim and take steps immediately to correct problems if there are any. You may desire to review your claim status with a reviewer, so call the Settlement Facility to schedule this if you have questions. Remember, it can sometimes take a long time, possibly months, to gather missing documents, especially probate documents. It is common to request legal help to assist with probate. Never delay and attempt to obtain documents or find an attorney to help at the last minute, last week, or last month, etc. Late submissions ARE denied. The Settlement Facility provides for no extensions of the deadline, regardless of the circumstances. If you need help, have questions, etc. it is wise to contact the Settlement Facility immediately and get the answers you need to move forward expeditiously. And a skilled attorney can help you to efficiently navigate this process.

For more information on Closing Of Settlements In Breast Implant Claims, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (800) 529-6268 today.

Attorney Sheryl E. Berkowitz

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