Collecting an Insurance Payout after Storm Damage
When a storm or hurricane hits your home, the results are often devastating. Unfortunately, some insurance companies deny valid claims for the losses suffered in a storm, leaving homeowners with few options. Preston Dugas Law Firm, PLLC, in Fort Worth, TX, is committed to standing up for our clients when companies deny their valid storm damage insurance claims. Property damage lawyer Preston Dugas can assist you with every stage of the claim process. If you have suffered damages due to flooding or other effects of a recent storm or hurricane, reach out to our firm online or at (817) 945-3061 to find out how we can help you.
What to Do after a Storm
There are some steps you can take immediately to increase your chances of receiving fair compensation from your insurance company after a storm or hurricane causes damage.
After a storm:
- Report the damage to your insurance company
- Wait to clean up damaged areas
- Carefully document damages and losses with video and photos
- Create an itemized list of what was lost
Your insurance company may make a quick offer after a storm. We recommend waiting until you can discuss your claim with Mr. Dugas before accepting anything. Some insurance companies will offer a low amount of compensation quickly to avoid paying their clients what they actually deserve. By taking this offer, you may find yourself receiving much less than you need to rebuild the damage caused by the storm.
Dealing with Claims Adjusters
In most cases of storm damage, the insurance company will send a claims adjuster to assess the damage. These individuals are typically hired by your provider to protect the insurance company's interests. It is up to you to prove the extent of your losses with your own documentation.
At Preston Dugas Law Firm, we believe you should never settle for less than you deserve after a storm damages your home.
Our team can help you prepare this documentation to present to the adjuster. We can also advocate on your behalf to ensure that the insurance company does not take advantage of you. Storm damage claims are complex, and having an attorney can be invaluable when dealing with companies who want to avoid paying what you are owed.
Fighting Insurance Bad Faith
Even if you have faithfully paid for your insurance coverage for years, the insurance company may still make it incredibly difficult to collect the compensation you deserve. Your provider may:
- Say your claim is not covered without providing valid reasons
- Delay paying valid claims
- Ask for excessive amounts of paperwork to stall your payout
- Fail to promptly investigate your claim
- Falsely argue that pre-existing conditions are at the root of your storm damage
- Present unfairly low offers
At Preston Dugas Law Firm, we are familiar with the many tactics an insurance company may use to avoid paying what they owe to their clients. Mr. Dugas is a dedicated and aggressive attorney who can fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Do Not Settle for Less
In many cases, insurance companies count on their clients accepting low-ball offers for their property damage due to fear or lack of understanding. At Preston Dugas Law Firm, we believe you should never settle for less than you deserve after a storm damages your home. Contact our firm online or call (817) 945-3061 to speak to a member of our team for free. If we take your case, we will work on a contingency basis.
“Preston won my trust. He kept in close contact with me throughout the entire process. He went above and beyond to make sure that I understood everything that was going on. I am so pleased with his work and without a shadow of a doubt, I think he is one awesome attorney. I would refer my family and friends who live in Texas and the surrounding areas to his practice.” Jacqueline S.