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Wichita Man Fights Insurance Company After Storm Damage

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

According to the Wichita Eagle, a local resident has had enough with his insurance company. After Farm Bureau refused to pay out enough on his homeowners’ insurance claim, the man took matters into his own hands. He posted a plywood sign on his front lawn reading, “Farm Bureau Hasn’t Paid Loss of 6-22-13.”

Michael Andra’s property, a rental home located on West Maple Street in Wichita, Kansas, was damaged in a severe storm that took place on June 22, 2013. The storm’s 80-mile-per-hour winds caused a silver maple tree to split in his front yard and fall on the home. The house suffered significant damage, including roof punctures and structural damage.

Although the man’s insurance company agreed to pay $47,950 in August, Andra says that two different contracts have quoted repairs at $70,000. His homeowners’ insurance policy is for $65,000. Andra believes the home is a total loss, but the insurance company is arguing that cracks in the home’s foundation were present before the storm damage. The property owner says that the cracks were there, but that the tree made them significantly larger.

The insurance company told the media that it offered money to remove the tree and place a tarp on the home until further repairs could be made. However, the property owner refused this. Farm Bureau also stated that customer service is its highest priority.

Andra’s farm, which sustained damage in another severe storm that took place in July, said that the Farm Bureau quickly settled a claim for $300,000. Several outbuildings and farming equipment were damaged in that storm.

Are you fighting with your insurance company for a fair storm damage claim settlement? Call the Voss Law Firm today to speak to a homeowner’s insurance lawyer about your case: 888-614-7730.

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