Hurricane Damages Disputes

Taking on Big Insurance and Winning with Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers

Hurricane Ike caused an estimated $29.5 billion in property damages along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. and resulted in the death of 195 people. Haiti, a country in the Caribbean, was the hardest hit with 74 deaths.

Ike hit Galveston, Texas, in the early morning hours of September 13, 2008. The storm was rated as a Category 2 hurricane and brought with it a storm surge that wiped out Galveston's iconic wooden piers and topped the seawall to destroy several landmarks and cultural centers of the city.

Texas City and Houston also felt severe effects of the storm. Although most residents had already left the area in compliance with the mandatory evacuation orders issued by Texas Governor Rick Perry, at least 59 people died in the state of Texas as a direct or indirect consequence of this deadly storm.

A Second Shock for Homeowners

In the aftermath of the storm, many homeowners received a second unpleasant surprise from their insurance companies. Hurricane Ike disputes have led to a number of lawsuits and have resulted in closer scrutiny of the unscrupulous practices used by insurers to avoiding paying out on substantial claims. Some of the most common tactics used by these insurance companies include the following:

  • Delaying the processing of a claim until close to the deadline for filing
  • Requiring endless rounds of documentation from the policyholder
  • Blaming wind damages on flooding associated with the storm, even for homeowners who have specifically purchased hurricane insurance
  • Low-balling the settlement figure offered for individuals and families in need of immediate financial help
  • Attributing storm damage to normal wear and tear or suggesting that some damage had already been done prior to the storm
  • Changing the terms of the insurance policy without notification to or consent of the policyholders

If your family has suffered damages due to Hurricane Ike or any other damaging storm, enlisting the help of a qualified attorney to handle these hurricane disputes on your behalf can ensure that your claim is treated fairly by your insurer and that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled.

Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers offers effective representation for Galveston hurricane disputes and for any other insurance claim issues. At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we can take on the big insurance companies on your behalf to negotiate a fair settlement for your claim.

As experienced trial lawyers, we can also pursue your case in the courtroom setting to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve during insurance disputes. This can provide you with added leverage and can increase your chance of reaching a reasonable settlement with your insurer both in and out of court.

Contact us today to discuss your situation with one of our legal experts. At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we are on your side.