A fire can turn lives upside down, destroying everything someone owns in a second, including their home, furniture, clothes, family photos and keepsakes, electronics and more. Sadly, there are times in which apartment fires also claim lives, trapping people inside the building.
Several Texas apartment fires have occurred just a short time ago that left several people without their homes. Here are some recent examples:
- Houston, Texas apartment fire: On Thursday, July 21, 2011, one person jumped from a second-story apartment building after a fire broke out in the 5800 block of Hollister in northwest Houston. The fire started around 3:20 a.m., and firefighters had it extinguished by 4:45 a.m. The person who jumped after being trapped inside the building by the fire was injured and taken to Northwest Memorial hospital. Although no other injuries were reported, this fire caused damage to four apartment units and displaced several residents due to the apartment fire damage.
- San Antonio, Texas apartment fire: On Sunday, July 10, 2011, thirteen people lost their homes in an apartment fire. The fire broke out at 9:00 p.m. and destroyed twelve apartment units at the Madison on Dietrich Apartments. Sadly, looters broke in after the apartment fire to steal people's belongings.
- Arlington, Texas apartment fire: On July 2, 2011, a fast-moving fire at the Tanglewood Apartments cased tenants to jump from the second floor. One person was covered in flames, two people died and several were injured. All 20 units were destroyed in this fire, plus parked vehicles in the nearby parking lot. Authorities said it was one of the worst fires they had witnessed in years.
Following an Apartment Fire
When apartment fires strike, people can lose a lot - their belongings, their life, and their residence. After the fire, apartment building owners should help their tenants find a temporary residence. Also, people will need to turn in fire damage claims to their insurance companies, in order to get compensated for what they lost in the fire. This sometimes can be overwhelming to deal with after suffering such a loss, and a skilled insurance claim attorney should be consulted.
How an Insurance Litigation Lawyer Helps
After being displaced and losing your belongings, you will need compensation from your insurance company fast, in order to return to life as you knew it. Insurance companies know what they are doing and even use tactics to delay paying you or not pay you what your apartment fire damage claim is worth. Attorneys who deal with these issues regularly know insurance companies' tricks and know-how to negotiate with them to get you higher compensation than what you can get on your own.
Contact an experienced Texas insurance litigation lawyer at the Voss Law Firm, who will answer your questions in a free legal consultation. Call us today at 888-614-7730 to schedule your appointment and find out how a lawyer can help you with your apartment fire claim.
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