Hurricane Dorian Damages
Miami Hurricane Dorian Claim Lawyers
As a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Dorian is the strongest on record to approach the Florida coast this year. It looks as if it will have wind speeds in excess of 140-to-150 miles per hour, rivaling the force of Hurricane Florence last year. The projected path of Hurricane Dorian is one that takes it almost entirely up the center of Florida, putting all Floridians at risk of the storm’s wrath.
At this time, Hurricane Dorian is expected to intensify as it approaches Florida over the weekend. Landfall somewhere near West Palm Beach is predicted either Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning. Be prepared for it now by creating a hurricane preparedness kit and evacuation plans with your family.
(You can see more information about Hurricane Dorian by clicking here and visiting a CNN article with frequent important news updates. You can also visit the National Hurricane Center website by clicking here and viewing a live storm tracker.)
Need to file a Hurricane Dorian damage claim? Mena Law Firm in Miami can help. Call (305) 529-1771.
Filing a Hurricane Dorian Damage Claim After the Storm
When Hurricane Dorian passes over Florida, it is expected to leave widespread devastation in its wake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Hurricane Center have labeled it as “life-threatening” and “extremely dangerous.” It is very likely that your property will be damaged to some degree by Hurricane Dorian as it moves northward. You will need to file a hurricane damage claim with your insurance company to receive coverage for your damages.
Start your hurricane damage claim early by preparing today:
- Take photographs of your property as it is now and in good condition.
- Catalog and photograph your most expensive valuables, like televisions and kitchen appliances.
- Clear your gutters and secure storm shutters to minimize potential damage.
- Save copies of important insurance documents both in a second physical location, like a bank strongbox, and on a protected digital source, such as to a secure cloud storage drive.
After Hurricane Dorian hits, you can compare your photos and catalog to the damage you see afterwards. This makes it easy to show your insurance company what exactly the storm did to your property. Remember: Do not leave your home or an evacuation center until authorities allow it.
Call our Miami Hurricane Dorian insurance claim lawyers at (305) 529-1771 as soon as you need help!
The unfortunate reality is that you will not be the only one who needs to file a Hurricane Dorian damage claim with your homeowners’ insurance company. It is quite possible that thousands of people will be in the same situation. Insurance companies will be flooded with claims, which means they will have to potentially payout millions in damages to policyholders.
To try to minimize how much money they actually give to policyholders, dishonest insurance companies will look for ways to deny, devalue, or delay claims. For example, your insurer might say that your hurricane damage coverage does not apply to Hurricane Dorian since your property was technically flooded and suffered water damage, not hurricane damage per se. Or, maybe the wind storm before and after Hurricane Dorian tore siding off your home, so they deny your claim that way if you don’t have wind damage coverage.
This is why you should always prepare a homeowners’ insurance claim with the help of an attorney, especially after a natural disaster as sizable as Hurricane Dorian. Otherwise, it is you alone against a company that may try to cheat you out of deserved recoveries.
Mena Law Firm is here to help our clients in Miami with their Hurricane Dorian homeowners’ insurance claims. Our founding attorney is a former insurance defense attorney, so we know the tricks and tactics insurance companies might use to deny your claim wrongfully or reduce its total value. We are equipped to help you with initial claim creation, interacting with insurance companies as it progresses, and challenging them in appeals if they do deny your claim improperly.
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