Broward County Property Damage Claim Lawyer
When a hurricane damages your home, furnishings and other personal property, it can turn your life upside down. All too often, insurance companies take advantage of hurricane victims' desperate circumstances in order to pressure them to accept inadequate compensation.
I am Stuart R. Michelson, a Fort Lauderdale attorney handling homeowner hurricane insurance litigation statewide. For more than a decade, I have been helping property owners pursue maximum payouts from their insurance companies for hurricane-related property damage.
Helping Homeowners Stand Up to Their Insurance Companies
After a hurricane hits, insurance companies that offer homeowner policies, windstorm policies, flood policies and related policies will immediately scramble to try to minimize the amounts they pay out to their policyholders. The following are some of the strategies they use:
- Denying claims outright based on policy exclusions and other justifications
- Asserting that only some of their policyholders' property damage is covered
- Offering compensation for less than the full value of damaged property
If your home has been damaged in a hurricane, you should not sign anything or make any statements to your insurance company until you have spoken to a lawyer. You should also realize that a public adjuster is not an attorney and cannot bring a lawsuit on your behalf.
Offering the Experience You Need Behind Your Claim
A first-party property damage claim against your own insurance company requires a different approach than a personal injury claim does. Your lawyer will need to be knowledgeable about insurance law, as opposed to the negligence law that applies in personal injury cases.
I have extensive experience in the area of insurance litigation, and I pay close attention to any and all developments affecting the rights of property owners in hurricane-related insurance coverage disputes. To schedule an appointment to discuss your claim, contact my office today.