Collecting On A Storm Damage Claim

13 February 2018
 Categories: Law, Blog

Hurricanes can leave a path of destruction and devastation in their wake. Homeowners living in areas where tropical storms and hurricanes are likely to hit must maintain valid insurance policies that can help offset the financial hardship created when a storm damages their property.

Unfortunately, getting an insurance claim paid out can be challenging. If you have recently filed a claim for storm damage and your claim has been delayed, was underpaid, or has been denied by your insurer, then having the help of an attorney can be beneficial.

An attorney can review your coverage.

In order for your insurance claim to be paid out properly, your policy needs to provide enough coverage to support your claim. Each insurance policy is written to provide varying levels of coverage.

If you live in a storm-prone area, you need to take the time to carefully read through your policy before signing it to ensure that any damage caused by a hurricane or tropical storm will be covered in the future. Since the risk of paying out a claim is higher in storm-prone areas, your premiums might be higher to reflect the increase in coverage.

Your attorney will be able to review your policy, determine your coverage level, and determine if your claim is being unfairly handled by your insurance company. You can take legal action to gain access to the funds your insurance policy entitles you too after your property has been damaged by a storm.

An attorney can check for exclusions.

Many insurance policies contain exclusions. These provisions are designed to mitigate the insurer's risk when it comes to providing coverage. Exclusions can be used to deny, delay, or underpay your insurance claim.

It's important that you understand the exclusions in your policy if you are trying to seek compensation for storm damage from your insurance provider. An attorney will be able to review your policy with you and interpret the language therein.

If your insurance company is claiming your storm damage claim is inflated due to poor maintenance or that the claim isn't covered because the storm is classified as a catastrophic event, your attorney will be able to help you refute these claims. Proving that exclusions don't affect your claim can be critical when it comes to seeking a payout for the devastating damage a storm can cause to your personal property.

Retain an attorney with experience dealing with insurance companies as you try to collect on a storm damage claim following the next hurricane or tropical storm in your area. For more information, contact companies like Law Offices of Jeremy W McKey.