Insurance claim attorney Bill Voss discusses the damage caused by the recent hurricanes and what property owners can do in the aftermath to get the most out of their insurance claim.
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (for immediate release) – Millions of residents and business owners are calming with the fact that the devastating winds and torrential rains that the recent hurricanes brought with them are finally gone. However, the real catastrophe of the hurricane season is far from over: forecasting companies like AIR Worldwide and Eqecat are predicting that the storms will cost upwards of $150 billion in economic losses.
The Voss Law Firm, P.C. understands that the storms damaged thousands of businesses and other properties—and that many business owners and property owners are unsure of what to do regarding their hurricane insurance claims. In their time of need, the insurance claim attorneys at The Voss Law Firm are offering complimentary, private consultations to those who need legal guidance after the storms. They are also offering a free copy of their book, Top 10 Mistakes You Cannot Afford to Make When Filing Your Insurance Claim, to property owners who have recently been impacted by a covered loss.
Insurance companies are now experiencing a flood of damage claims from property and business owners from states like Texas and Florida, as well as many others. Insurers will likely feel the stress and financial pressure of processing large numbers of claims—issues that can sometimes lead to inaccurate outcomes, wrongful denials, inappropriate delays, and other serious issues.
For this very reason, Hurricane Attorney Bill Voss urges property owners to read The Basics of Commercial Insurance BEFORE filing their commercial property insurance claim. And, please remember the following:
Damage from a severe storm may range from major to minor, but even relatively minor damage can have a big effect on your daily operations and bottom line. In the course of just a few days, hours, or minutes, you could find yourself suddenly facing expenses and delays from:
- Cosmetic damage and broken windows. Even minor storm damage, such as a broken window, torn siding, or a few loose shingles, can be expensive to fix and damaging to your brand image.
- Damage to company vehicles. Although damage to buildings is often a main focus, company vehicles can also suffer costly damage in severe storms. Hail, fallen objects, and wind-blown projectiles can cause extensive vehicle damage and impact daily operations that depend on company transportation.
- Roof damage. Heavy rain, high winds, and hail can cause costly damages to your roofing, or in some severe cases, even lift the roof right off your building.
- Water damage. Prolonged rains can turn small leaks into major damage, cause pipes and sewers to back up, and more. Even a small break in a window or weather seal can allow a damaging amount of water to seep in.
- Lightning and fire damage. Severe electrical storms may be responsible for fire, explosions, and damage to electrical equipment when lightning strikes.
- Severe structural damage or building collapse. Whether directly damaged by the storm or indirectly damaged by fallen trees and debris, buildings can suffer severe structural damage in a storm and may even be a total loss.
- Lost profit while locations are closed for assessment and repair. If a location has to close due to storm damage, it’s going to impact your bottom line. Taking immediate and appropriate action to recover is the key to mitigating loss in the aftermath of severe weather.