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Flood insurance claims should be a relied-upon recovery for the policyholders affected, but the truth is that some people end up struggling with flood claims that have been underpaid, delayed, or outright denied in the aftermath. While many policyholders are tempted to accept less than they deserve for their losses, it’s important to understand that a policyholder can fight back and get real results.

If you are having trouble resolving an insurance claim for flood losses, you can reach out to our experienced policyholder attorneys today at 1-888-614-7730. We serve policyholders and property owners of all kinds, and we have helped numerous clients—both in Texas and around the nation—maximize their insurance claims following major floods.

FAQs

Flooding can cause serious damage to homes and businesses and it can sometimes be difficult to get the full amount for your flood damage claim from the insurance company. Some of the most common questions about flood damage claims are answered below, but if you have any other questions don't hesitate to call us at 1-888-614-7730, or fill out a contact form.

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QHow Can an Attorney Help If My Flood Insurance Claim Has Already Been Denied?
If you receive a denial for an industrial flood-damage claim, you may just assume that there's nothing else to be done but to start budgeting for repairs out of your own pocket. However, you should know that insurance companies are not always fair in how they handle claims from... learn more
QDoes My Homeowners' Insurance Policy Cover Mold Damage?
Your homeowners' insurance policy may cover some types of mold damage and not others. When it comes to insurance, whether or not you are covered often depends on why your property was damaged, not how it was damaged... learn more
QDo Insurance Companies Consider Flooding an "Act of God"?
The legal definition of an "act of God," according to insurance companies, is "an event that directly and exclusively results from the occurrence of natural causes that could not have been prevented by the exercise of foresight or caution." With that in mind, do insurance companies consider a flood to be... learn more
QIs All Water Damage to My Condo Covered by Flood Insurance?
This is a great question that can have a disappointing answer for a lot of condominium associations and unit owners- but that only makes it more important that you ask before you need to file a claim. While it can be simple for homeowners to find out how their insurance against flood... learn more
QWhat Kinds of Water Damage Are Covered by My Homeowner's Insurance Policy?
All homeowners' insurance policies are different and the only way that you can know exactly what your contract covers is to read your policy very closely or to call your insurance company and ask. However, many insurance policies are similar when it comes to water damage. Here are a few things... learn more

Flood Coverage Differs on Insurance Policies

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Helping Policyholders Resolve Flood Insurance Claims

Flooding is one of the most costly disasters that affect the United States. In fact, the majority of disasters declared by the president are floods or involve heavy flooding in the wake of another disaster. For example, of the 43 major disaster declarations in 2015, 29 of those incidents—more than two-thirds—involved flooding. However, even though serious floods are a fairly common occurrence across the nation, policyholders can still run into major problems in the aftermath that limit their ability to recover and move on.

Damage Caused by Flooding

There is no doubt that floodwaters are destructive. Rising waters are responsible for extensive property damage every year, including losses related to:

  • Building interiors
  • Exterior features
  • Structural damage
  • Vehicles and equipment
  • Lot and driveway surfaces
  • Sewer and water issues
  • Mold and post-flood sanitation issues

Flooding is also often responsible for displacing people from their homes, condos, or rental properties for weeks or months at a time, as well as causing short-term business interruption or complete closure of commercial properties.

Despite this destructive power, many people either don’t carry flood insurance at all or don’t understand the limits on their flood coverage. When a flood does strike and they try to submit an insurance claim for the damage, they can run into very serious and unexpected problems.

Potential Issues With Flood Insurance Claims

In insurance claims for flood damage, there are a number of potential problems that can come up, including:

  • Potential confusion about flood insurance policies. Most flood insurance policies are separate from the main homeowners’, business, or condo insurance that policyholders rely on. Instead, flood insurance policies are usually through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In some cases, flood coverage may also be offered as a separate policy through private insurers. Because flood claims are so unlike other common loss claims, it can be very hard for policyholders to even figure when, where, and how to submit a claim for their losses.
  • Delays. Delays are common when large areas and numerous properties are affected by flooding. Contractors, insurance adjusters, and others may be overwhelmed by the sudden influx of so many claims, and policyholders can be left twiddling their thumbs while waiting for a resolution.
  • Denials. Outright denials of flood coverage can sometimes be an issue, but policyholders can also struggle with problems related to partial denials of specific losses, such as mold damage or repair-versus-replacement costs. Many times, the denials hinge on confusing policy language or misunderstandings about coverage.
  • “Hidden” costs and damages related to flooding. Flood damages are often more extensive than they first seem, which makes it even more important that damages are carefully assessed by a professional. If the assessments are rushed, policyholders are likely to accept less than their losses are worth from the insurance company or only find out about the damage when it later worsens.
  • Misunderstandings about policyholder rights. Many policyholders are unaware that they have recourse when the insurance company is acting unfairly, so they accept less than their claims are truly worth or try to recover out-of-pocket after an unfair denial of a legitimate flood claim.

If you’ve run into one of these problems, you should know that there is help available. By speaking with an attorney who understands the flood insurance industry and the laws that protect policyholders, you give yourself the best chance to recover and get the most out of the insurance you pay for.

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When to Get Help With an Insurance Claim for Flood Damage

Flood claims can become very complex and take months—or even years—to resolve. Although many policyholders expect a straightforward process, many end up overwhelmed and disappointed with complications. An experienced policyholder attorney can help by:

  • Analyzing flood losses and policy details
  • Working with experts who can offer fair assessments
  • Maximizing claims and including all covered losses
  • Helping individuals and businesses recover more quickly
  • Guiding policyholders through the legal steps that will protect their rights and offer the best chance at a full recovery
  • Building strong claims with the potential for litigation in mind
  • Representing clients in litigation to secure fair compensation for losses

At the Voss Law Firm, our attorneys are passionate about helping policyholders recover fairly, and we have the skills, experience, and resources to effectively fight denied flood claims. If you need help, or if you have questions about a flood insurance claim that has been denied, delayed, or underpaid, you can learn more today by reaching out to us at 1-888-614-7730.

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The Voss Law Firm, P.C. is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas where we base our operations focusing on helping policyholders throughout the globe. Our insurance claim attorneys aggressively serve our clients with passion and integrity. Attorney Bill Voss is focused on helping individuals and business owners resolve their property insurance disputes with the passion his clients deserve during such a stressful time in their lives.

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