If your home or business has been damaged, you need to do everything in your power to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Be careful not to make any of the following mistakes with your Hurricane Irene damages claim:
- Cashing insurance checks which are marked "full and final settlement" - You've been expecting a check in the mail to cover your expenses and are probably thrilled when it arrives; however, make sure you understand the implications of cashing that check. Sometimes insurance companies send out "full and final settlement" checks. If you cash this, you may be burying yourself in a pile of repair bills with no way to collect additional compensation.
- Signing a release on your insurance claim - Once your claim is settled, the insurer may ask you to sign a release. If you do, any problems or disputes which occur later down the line won't be covered.
- Failing to keep careful documentation - It is extremely important to keep thorough documentation of each and every conversation you have with insurance adjusters, as well as all repair bills and temporary housing receipts. Also make sure you take pictures of all of the damage in case you have a dispute down the line.
- Waiting too long to seek help - If you feel like you are not getting proper compensation, are getting put on the back burner, or just aren't happy with the way your claim is progressing, you need to contact an experienced Hurricane Irene claim settlement lawyer. It's free to call, but it could cost you the compensation to which you are lawfully entitled if you don't.
The hurricane insurance claim lawyers at The Voss Law Firm proudly represent victims of natural disasters throughout the nation. If you have sustained business or home damage from Hurricane Irene, don't hesitate to contact the hurricane damage attorneys at The Voss Law Firm to schedule your free consultation. Also be sure to order a FREE copy of their must-read book, Disputes With Your Insurance Company - What All Consumers Need to Know.