The weather in Florida changes very fast. Hail can occur without warning when you least expect it. Depending on the size of the hail, it may cause significant damage to cars, personal property, and structures. If you believe your home has sustained damage from hail, you may be able to recover compensation by filing an insurance claim.
At Johnson & Williams, P.A., in Orlando, we have extensive experience helping Floridians with a wide range of bad weather insurance cases. We can guide you through the process of filing a hail damage claim, protect your rights, and help you receive a fair settlement.
Hail is a type of solid precipitation comprised of ice pellets. Most of the time, hailstones are harmless to people, animals, and structures. However, when they start approaching golf-balls in size, they can dent metal and shatter glass. After a hail storm passes over your home, look out for the following types of damage to determine if you should file a claim:
- Roof damage: The most common type of home damage sustained in a hailstorm is to the roofing shingles. Cracks can be difficult to locate so you definitely want to hire a professional to assess the damage.
- Skylight damage: If you have any skylights in your home, be sure to carefully inspect them for cracks or nicks. Remember, a minor chip in a glass skylight can pose a serious hazard.
- Window and siding damage: Hail is often accompanied by strong wind. Examine your windows and siding for pelting marks, cracks, or other signs of damage.
A hailstorm can pass over a neighborhood in minutes, scattering ice chunks over houses and causing serious damage. If you believe your home may have sustained hail damage, our attorneys can assist you in filing a claim for compensation.
The moment you discover your home has suffered hail damage you should contact your insurance agent. Do not agree to or sign anything at this point in time. While you are not legally required to hire a lawyer if you wish to file an insurance claim, doing so can increase your chances of receiving a favorable settlement. An attorney can protect your rights and help you contest a low settlement offer.
Johnson, & Williams P.A. fights passionately to help Florida residents with hail damage claims. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, call (407) 245-1268 or contact us online.