As the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approached at the end of October, dozens of lawsuits were filed across New York and in New York City. Claimants attempted to squeeze in their cases before the state’s statute of limitations passed. Both storm victims and insurance companies raced to file storm-related lawsuits before the one-year time limit expired.
One New York insurance claims attorney told the New York Daily News that he has filed 22 different lawsuits in recent days, all concerning denied or delayed Hurricane Sandy insurance claims. At the same time, insurance companies filed eight different Hurricane Sandy lawsuits in Manhattan Supreme Court regarding artwork in storage facilities that was damaged during the superstorm.
At the same time, along the East Coast, hundreds of families, business owners, and municipalities are working with mediators to solve insurance disputes that have arisen in the months after Sandy devastated the region.
During the same week of the historic storm’s anniversary, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new Emergency Disaster Protocol (EDP) for New York insurers. The program, which hopes to make the claims process faster and easier in case of a future disaster, establishes a number of new rules and procedures. For example, the EDP allows for the emergency licensing of new claims adjusters, establishes public online report cards for insurance companies, allows expedited claims processing, and establishes an official mediation program.
Are you struggling against your insurance company about your commercial or residential Hurricane Sandy Claim? The Voss Law Firm may be able to help. Call our office today to speak with a Hurricane Sandy insurance claim lawyer and schedule a free, private consultation: 888-614-7730.