Many deckhands lack documentation for spill claim

July 7, 2010 6:53:13 AM PDT
Deckhands and laborers who get paid in cash and don't have any way to prove losses in the BP claims process could be the hidden victims of the spill.

Attorneys and aid workers say there are a variety of reasons some people may not come forward to make a claim.

Some lack tax returns and other documentation they need. Others are overwhelmed by the paperwork.

Some don't want to admit they can't read. And some worry that their failure to pay taxes on past cash income might get them in legal trouble.

Charitable groups are trying to find and help such people. One group, Horizon Relief, is contacting seafood-related businesses along the coast, seeking information on employees who might need help.