Part of being a Floridian means knowing how to prepare before and after a hurricane. Many citizens take pride in knowing how to protect themselves, their families, communities, and property. However, some storms are just too big and dangerous to prepare for adequately. Sometimes you need to evacuate, and properties and valuables can be lost.
When a home, property or business suffers severe damage, in order to be compensated by your insurance company, you will have to file a hurricane property damage claim. Since the process is not always easy and the stakes of the claim so high, many people wisely choose to hire an insurance claim attorney to represent them.
Insurance companies want to save money
Insurance companies are notorious for making low-ball offers and denying claims. After all, they want to save money, and for them, that can mean paying out as little as possible for property claims. Having an experienced attorney on your side can prevent you from being taken advantage of by dishonest insurance companies so that you receive fair compensation and have the means to repair your home or property.
Here are some of the other ways an experienced hurricane insurance claim attorney can help you in Florida:
- Filing the claim. Filing an insurance claim for hurricane damage can be a tricky process, but one that should be started as quickly as possible. If you make a mistake during the filing process, your claim could be denied, or worse, you could be fooled into accepting less money than you deserve. An attorney will make sure you leave no stone unturned when filing.
- Updating estates and Will and Testaments. When important documents are lost in a hurricane or disaster, it’s important to get them up-to-date as soon as possible. An attorney can help with this.
- Hold your insurance company accountable. As soon as you file a claim, you will realize your insurance company is not your friend. Having an attorney on your side can help keep them in check so that you receive the compensation you deserve.
- Find mistakes. Many people are involved in insurance claims, including claim adjusters, contractors, and other specialists. People sometimes make mistakes, but a lawyer can make sure those mistakes don’t jeopardize your claim.
- Appeal denials. If your initial claim was denied, an attorney can help you figure out why and fix the mistakes and file an appeal.
- Contingency fee. The hurricane insurance company pays your lawyer fees, so there is no upfront charge to you.
Florida hurricane claim attorneys
At Johnson & Williams P.A., we understand how difficult it can be to lose property in a hurricane. We have many years of experience helping our clients receive fair compensation for Florida hurricane claims, and we will protect your rights as we negotiate the best settlement for your property damage. Give us a call today at (407) 245-1268 or contact us online for a free consultation.