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Why is the Mortgage Company’s Name on My Insurance Check?

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Uncategorized

Policyholders are often shocked to learn that the loss settlement check they receive from the insurance company is payable not only to the policyholder, but to their mortgage company as well.   Homeowners insurance policies are broken down into several types of coverage – whether for the building, personal property, liability, alternative living expense, or other… Continue Reading

Is Flood Damage Covered Under My Homeowner’s Insurance Policy?

Posted in Flood Damage, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Storm Damage, Uncategorized, Water Damage

Most people believe that when they buy homeowner’s or commercial property insurance that they will be covered for any damage that may occur to their property.  Unfortunately, as many people have painfully learned during recent flooding events, the normal policy of homeowner’s property insurance does NOT provide coverage for damage caused by “rising water” or… Continue Reading

Lightning Strikes – Florida’s Most Underrated Disaster

Posted in Insurance, Lightning, Roof Damage, Storm Damage, Uncategorized

Although it doesn’t get the same attention as Florida’s other natural disasters, lightning damage led to more than 10,000 insurance claims in Florida over the past year.  Florida ranks first in the nation for both injuries caused by lightning strikes and insurance claims caused by lightning related damage. The estimated total property damage caused by… Continue Reading

Switching to a Cheaper Property Insurance Company? Better Think Twice.

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Uncategorized

Over the past few months, many Citizens Property Insurance policy holders received a notification that, unless they opted out within a certain time frame, their property insurance would be automatically transferred out of Citizens and into one of several small start-up insurance companies.  These newly formed property insurance carriers have been nick-named “take-out” companies because… Continue Reading

NEWSFLASH – Exploding Corpses Not Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance!

Posted in Condominium Claims, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Uncategorized

Yes, dear reader, the above title is correct.  A Florida Appellate Court actually had to rule that your homeowner’s insurance is not responsible to pay for damage caused by the “sudden explosion” of someone’s body.  If you don’t believe me, you can read the actual opinion here. Per the facts of the case, Ms. Rodrigo… Continue Reading

Tornado and Flood Damage in Florida – What to Do After the Storm

Posted in Flood Damage, Hurricane, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Roof Damage, Storm Damage, Uncategorized, Water Damage

Over the last few days, Central Florida has been pounded by torrential rain, tornadoes and high winds.  These damaging windstorms and tornados were especially violent in Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.  These thunder storms caused flooding in Shore Acres, wind damage in Siesta Key, and claimed the lives of two people in Duette…. Continue Reading

Wind Mitigation Credits – Save Money on Homeowner’s Insurance

Posted in Hurricane, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Roof Damage, Storm Damage, Uncategorized, Wind Damage

It may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but you may be able to substantially reduce your homeowner’s property insurance premiums by just looking through the provisions of your policy.  Specifically, most homeowner’s insurance policies set forth numerous premium “credits” for which you can qualify based upon the age and condition of your home…. Continue Reading

Automobile Insurance Shell Game – The House Always Wins!

Posted in Automobile Insurance, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Uncategorized

During the 2012 Florida Legislative Session, insurance company lobbyists pushed for the passage of HB 119, which greatly overhauled the Personal Injury Protection portion of your automobile insurance policy.  As part of their sales pitch, proponents of this bill stated that the passage of this Bill would GREATLY REDUCE the cost of automobile insurance in… Continue Reading

Citizens “Insurance” Lawyer – Bilking Money from Florida…and Laughing About It.

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Legislature, Uncategorized

 Sadly, although we knew that Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is overrun with corruption, recent news reflects that even we did not know how bad the situation has gotten.  Although the formation of Citizens Property Insurance may have initially been a good idea, it has since morphed into merely a “cash grab” for cronies of Governor… Continue Reading

Crazy Football Fans – Would Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Cover Your Shenanigans?

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Personal Injury, Uncategorized

By now you have probably seen the attached video {Click Here to Watch} of the “enthusiastic” (ok, really drunk) Alabama fan who was trying to deliver some frontier justice to an Oklahoma fan in the adjoining section.  Clearly, her activity stands out as a shining example of how fans should act on any given Saturday in the Southeastern… Continue Reading

Automobile Insurance in Florida – Protect Yourself Because Others Won’t

Posted in Insurance, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Uncategorized

Pursuant to Florida law, everyone who operates a motor vehicle in Florida is required to carry automobile insurance coverage.  As part of the process of obtaining or renewing your driver’s license, you are usually required to show “proof of insurance” or to otherwise prove that you have adequate insurance coverage.  What most people don’t understand is exactly how… Continue Reading

Flood Insurance Crisis – Possible Help on the Horizon

Posted in Flood Damage, Insurance, Legislature, Uncategorized, Water Damage

By now, most Floridians have heard about – or even experienced – the incredible spike in flood insurance premiums that are coming their way due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.  In short, the Biggert-Waters act is a new federal law which attempts to address a $24 billion dollar deficit in the coffers of… Continue Reading

Dunedin Sinkhole Saga – The REAL Facts

Posted in Catestrophic Ground Cover Collapse, Citizens Property Insurance, Grout, Insurance, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

By now, you’ve most likely seen the stories about the large sinkhole that opened in Dunedin, Florida this week.  The Dupre family was awakened early Wednesday morning to what sounded like someone noisily attempting to break into their house.  Upon inspection, the homeowners were shocked to see that their entire back porch was sliding into… Continue Reading

ObamaCare Enrollees – Fact or Fiction?

Posted in Insurance, Laws, Uncategorized

Even though the online insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, went into effect on October 1, 2013, it seems very few people have actually signed up for coverage under the new law.  A recent blog in the Miami Herald stated that the paper had searched “high and low” for individuals who had completed… Continue Reading

Citizens Denying Claims While Paying Its Lawyers Million$$ of Dollars

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has been earning a reputation for systematically denying almost every insurance claim asserted by its policyholders.  Instead of honoring valid claims, Citizens spends millions of dollars each month “defending” claims – the same type of claims that other insurance companies would routinely pay without question.  Although those of us in the… Continue Reading

Water Damage – the Silent Destroyer of Homes

Posted in Flood Damage, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Uncategorized, Water Damage

Although hurricanes, earthquakes, and sinkholes get the majority of the attention in the news, the vast majority of insurance claims deal with water damage to property.  These claims are generally broken into two categories – flood damage and water leak/seapage damage.  Flood claims revolve around damage caused by “rising water”, as opposed to other types of water losses… Continue Reading

New Flood Insurance Law May Crush Florida’s Real Estate Market

Posted in Flood Damage, Insurance, Insurance Policy, Uncategorized, Water Damage

Pursuant to a new Federal law, premiums for residential flood insurance in Florida may soon be as high as $24,000 a year.  A new law, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, was enacted by Congress in 2012 as a knee jerk reaction to the recent large scale disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.  Proponents of the new… Continue Reading

Rate Hikes Ahead for Citizens Property Insurance – Buckle Your Seatbelt!

Posted in Citizens Property Insurance, Insurance, Uncategorized

Last night, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation held a public hearing on its proposed hikes to the homeowners insurance premiums currently paid by Floridians.  The hearing was requested by former state Senator Mike Fasano in advance of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation’s upcoming decision on whether to approve the rate increases being requested by Citizens… Continue Reading

No Storm Claims? Let’s Jack up the Insurance Rates Anyway!

Posted in Hurricane, Insurance, Legislature, Tropical Storms, Uncategorized

Despite no major storms or hurricanes hitting Florida since 2005, Florida property insurance rates have continue to skyrocket over the past few years – with no end in sight.  Shockingly, a recent AP report showed that Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation has approved more than 100 rate hikes per year since 2009.  Where is the money going… Continue Reading

Failed Sinkhole Repair? The Insurance Company is Still Responsible.

Posted in Grout, Insurance, Lawyer, Repair, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

Over the past year or so, we have been getting an increasing number of calls from property owners who continue to experience sinkhole damage to their property – even after their property has been repaired by the insurance company!  The factual circumstances are almost always the same – the insurance company mandates that the insured repair the… Continue Reading

Jury Verdict against Tower Hill Select Insurance Company – Justice Prevails!

Posted in Experts, Insurance, Sinkhole, Uncategorized

For the past three years, my clients have had to battle with their insurance carrier, Tower Hill Select Insurance Company, to obtain coverage for the repair of damage caused to their home by sinkhole activity.  Time and time again, Tower Hill Select refused to provide any assistance to our clients and instead, threatened to pursue legal action against… Continue Reading

National Hurricane Center Changing Definition for Hurricane Warnings

Posted in Hurricane, Insurance, Laws, Storm Damage, Tropical Storms, Wind Damage

Last fall, Hurricane Sandy caused devastating damage to the eastern seaboard – yet the National Hurricane Center did not issue any sort of hurricane warning to the people north of North Carolina.  It is not that the National Hurricane Center was negligent in any way, it is just that by the time Sandy reached the… Continue Reading

Mold Coverage – More Limited Than You Might Think

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Mold, Uncategorized, Water Damage

Property damage caused by mold can be a real problem – especially here in Florida.  The combination of Florida’s humid climate and often rainy weather create the perfect petri dish for the creation and growth of toxic and damaging mold.  Fortunately, most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for the damage caused to your property by… Continue Reading