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If you live in Florida, you’re no stranger to the threats posed by tropical storms and hurricanes. The effects of tumultuous wind and rain can be devastating—destroying homes, businesses, communities, and sometimes taking lives. 

If your property was damaged during a storm or hurricane, you likely turned to your homeowners’ insurance for financial support. After all, when you purchased a policy with them, you placed your trust in them to take care of you in an emergency.

What if your insurance carrier fails to act when you submit a claim? If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, know that you’re not alone and you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.

Bad Faith Insurance Claims

A bad faith insurance claim is when your insurance carrier neglects to investigate or pay your claim in a timely manner. Most insurance carriers have a 90-day timeframe to determine if they’ll accept your claim. If they accept your claim, you can expect to receive a payment from them in 20 days.

Section 624.155 of the Florida Statutes describes in detail when it’s appropriate for you to file a bad faith claim against your insurance carrier. The Statutes also clarify how long your insurance carrier has to cure (or fix) their mistake when it comes to their failure to address your claim: 60 days.

How Do Insurance Carriers Neglect Policyholders’ Property Claims?

Insurance carriers often employ certain tactics when delaying or denying policyholders’ property claims. Some of these tactics include:

  • Acknowledging the damage your property sustained but saying your policy doesn’t cover it
  • Alleging that the damage your property incurred from a storm or hurricane is due to other causes
  • Discounting the repairs your property requires by stating they’re unnecessary
  • Offering insufficient coverage according to your policy and situation

What Should I Do After a Hurricane or Storm Damages My Property?

It’s advisable that you take certain steps after a storm or hurricane damages your property.

  • Record your property’s damages via photo or video.
  • Make a detailed list of all your property that’s been damaged.
  • Protect your damaged property from further damage (for instance, due to flooding) by covering it with a tarp.
  • Submit your insurance claim as soon as possible.

When Should I File My Hurricane or Storm Damage Claim in Florida?

According to Florida law, you have 5 years to file a bad faith claim against your insurance carrier.

However, we recommend that you don’t hesitate to retain the representation of an attorney or file your hurricane or storm damage claim. The sooner you file, the sooner your attorney can research all that your case requires and pursue the financial recovery you deserve.

Call Us Today for a Free Consultation

At Pittman Law Firm, P.L., our legal team has more than two decades of experience taking on and litigating the cases of policyholders victimized by their insurance carriers. 

We have the compassion, knowledge, and tenacity to assess your case, educate you regarding your legal options, and do what it takes to help you experience a just outcome.

Call (239) 603-6913 to learn how our Florida hurricane and storm damage attorneys can assist you with your claim. You can also submit your information here to schedule your free consultation.

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