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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

After the Storm – How to Handle the Storm Damage Claim

Posted in Erika, Hurricane, Storm Damage, Tropical Storms, Uncategorized

As Tropical Storm Erika was quickly approaching landfall a few weeks ago, Floridians were correctly focused on preparing for the high winds and water that could have caused an unknown amount of damage.  As important as pre-storm preparation is, the steps you take immediately after the storm are also crucial with regard to your ability… 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

Storm Damaged Roof? Watch Out for Scams!

Posted in Hail Damage, Roof Damage, Storm Damage, Uncategorized, Wind Damage

The  severe weather that recently swept through the area left many property owners with damage to their roofs from the storms and high winds.  When massive storm damage appears, the environment is ripe for an illegal activity that often plagues Florida – roofing scams. The usual manner by which these roofing scams play out is… Continue Reading

Official Storm Names for 2014 Hurricane Season – Hopefully We Won’t Need Them!

Posted in Hurricane, Storm Damage, Tropical Storms, Uncategorized

Every year the National Hurricane Center develops a list of names to apply to possible tropical storms or hurricanes during the coming storm season.  Believe it or not, there is an actual committee of the World Meteorological Organization which gets together and updates this list every year.  (It would seem that they could just create… 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

Hurricane Preparations Part I – Develop a Plan for Your Family

Posted in Hurricane, Storm Damage, Tropical Storms, Uncategorized

An essential part of hurricane preparation is having a plan for your family long before a storm arrives.  Once the storm arrives, it is too late to start thinking about contingencies and making plans for your family’s safety.  Your basic plan can be re-used each year, but make sure to review your plan each year… Continue Reading

Hurricane Myths vs. Reality

Posted in Hurricane, Storm Damage, Uncategorized, Wind Damage

Recently, the Sun Sentinel newspaper wote an article regarding some of the urban legends, myths and not-quite-accurate beliefs some people have about hurricanes.  Although on initial blush such information may seem like just interesting fodder for conversations at the water cooler, the reality is that the information contained in this article could save a lot of heartache… 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

Hire an Insurance Claim Lawyer? Won’t the Insurance Company look out for me?

Posted in Insurance, Insurance Policy, Laws, Lawyer, Sinkhole, Storm Damage, Water Damage

After watching scores of television commercials and other paid advertisements touting the supporting and nurturing nature of insurance companies, one can’t help but feel that the “good hands people” will always act “like a good neighbor” once a policy holder incurs a loss.  After years of practicing insurance claims law, we have learned the unfortunate truth that insurance companies – like all… Continue Reading